What happens when the countryside is destroyed

The price of industrial agriculture

Poet/farmer Wendell Berry

Poet and farmer Wendell Berry offers a clear look at the problems we face in the world of industrial farms.

How do we treat the land? What are we doing when we see land and food as commodities instead of essential parts of life with real value?

The industrialization of agriculture has taken us away from an intelligent and affectionate connection with … Read more

The Black Walnut with Dina Falconi

The Black Walnut with Dina Falconi

Where I live, black walnuts are everywhere and now is the time they’re dropping their fruit – with a heavy thud!

What are they fruits and nuts good for?

A lot!

Another view of this very useful plant

– Ken McCarthy
PlantWisdom.org

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It’s time for Thyme

On a recent trip to Morocco (my first trip there and my first trip out of the country in nearly five years), I got to see how an intact culture deals with health issues.

Drugs, no.

Plants, yes.

One of the plants that is treasured in Morocco and elsewhere is one many of us think of as just a culinary herb.

Wrong. It is a very potent healer. (And when … Read more

The science behind the Odyssey

We’re continuing our exploration of Aegean herb culture.

Here’s a surprising modern validation of one of the “tall tales” of the Odyssey involving “magic” plants.

– Ken McCarthy
PlantWisdom.org

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Have you ever been to an herb festival?

The Aegean coast of Turkey

Wild foraged herbs never fell out of favor here

Have you ever been to an herb festival?

Me neither, but they are not uncommon in Italy, Turkey, and I imagine other parts of the world.

This one is in the Alacati district of Cesme on the Aegean coast of Turkey.

It’s held in early spring and the whole town gets involved. The market associated with … Read more

Mushroom Myths Debunked

A primer on what’s true and not true about mushrooms.

References

Medicinal Mushrooms

Fly Agaric

The Misunderstood Magic Mushroom

– Ken McCarthy
PlantWisdom.org

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Turmeric

Turmeric, part of the culinary and medical legacy of India, has taken the world by storm in recent years.

But are people using it correctly?

Predictably, once the merchandisers got involved, they were not.

Luckily, preparing turmeric correctly to get its full benefit (vs buying it in capsule form) is not complicated.

NOTE: If you are taking Pharma products that thin your blood, please research the risk of these drugs. … Read more

Beware of fraudulent mushroom products

A public service video from Adam Haritan’s excellent Learn Your Land website.

Adama really knows his mushrooms and he talks about the reliability of commercially sold “wild” mushrooms.

– Ken McCarthy
PlantWisdom.org

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Plant Wisdom’s greatest hits

This might be the last time you hear from me for a while.

There is a ton of life- changing information on the Plant Wisdom site.

I have put some of our “greatest hits” together on one page.

I hope you will take advantage of it and share it widely with people who need it now.

One thing we can always count on are the plants. We just have to … Read more

A visit with Elder Bertha Skye

McMaster University is located in Hamilton, Ontario, an industrialized city on the shores of Lake Ontario, south of Toronto.

This is a description of the program there that Elder Bertha Skye is part of.

The Indigenous Students Health Sciences (ISHS) office is solely dedicated to providing services and supports for the academic success and wellbeing of all First Nations, Inuit and Métis students in the Faculty of Health Sciences at … Read more