Far from the sun among boreal ways,
in lonely wind the taiga sways,
my Yupik brothers step the path of souls,
and a wild place makes one whole.
After many requests, I have created a Youtube channel and posted my first video. Please like and join, tell your friends, and let me know what you think. More videos to come on natural science and the art of living green while living well. Expect to see videos on tracking, wildlife observation, foraging fungi and plants, shamanry and old fashioned skills that never go past their time: fiddling, furniture weaving, carving, sharpening, farrier work, organic gardening and more!
Natalia and I tried to hike out to the spring where the wild mint grows to harvest a couple sacks for mint tincture, but there was no way we were getting there. The woods were full to bursting with chanterelles and boletes. We picked 20 more pounds, at least, in the space of an hour and returned to the cottage for Daphne to set them out to dry. We are running out of places to put mushrooms.
While out for a quick gloaming stroll through the woods with Willowisp, I found a hatful of lovely boletes, including a fine white cep. I can’t go for a stroll these days without finding mushrooms by the sackful! I think the Green Man or Lady Brighid is pleased with the message of my upcoming book.
I received my author’s copies a couple days ago. Looks like a good issue, covering topics from permaculture to soil flora ecology to medicinal and magical uses of herbs. Everything herbal! (Except my article, which was on mushrooms.)
Most people know there are wild foods in the meadows and woods, but they don’t know how to identify them. Even fewer know how to harvest and use them. Some are even afraid of them. According to David Arora, author of Mushrooms Demystified: “There are few things that strike as much fear in your average [person] as the mere mention of wild mushrooms . . . [But] once you know what to look for, it’s about as difficult to tell a deadly Amanita from a savory chanterelle as it is a lima bean from an artichoke.” This applies to wild plants, as well. If you know what to look for, Nature provides abundantly and the Maritime provinces are blessed with a surfeit of wild edible foods. In fact, our family resides on a semi-remote wooded homestead and as much as 25% of our food is foraged from the wild meadows and forests. And this is a skill you can learn, too.
Join us this August for our fourth wild food foraging class of the season and learn about the late season edibles: fruits, seeds, mature vegetable stages, and some of Nova Scotia’s delicious edible mushrooms.
Though it saddens me greatly to report this, in the USA the House over the past two weeks has betrayed the American people by passing two bills. One is a bill that bans states from passing laws to make it mandatory to label GMOs. The other is a bill to ban the labeling of the origin of meat. Meat shipped to the USA from China and other questionable sources will no longer be labeled.
The banning of labeling GMOs was voted for on the basis that the House didn’t feel GMOs represented a risk, and it was passed despite surveys showing 92% of US citizens want GMOs labeled. Similar data indicates the vast majority of Americans want to know where their food comes from. In essence, the government is now acting contrary to the will of the American people and the very principles of democracy and majority rule, overtly favoring corporate interests, and justifying it on the basis of “father knows best”.
Welcome to the dystopian future. It did not come through nuclear war, zombie holocaust or alien invasion, as dramatic movies had envisioned. It came quietly on cat’s paws, enabled by ignorance, greed and apathy.
The only question now is, what will you do about it? Election time is coming. It is time for a political reset in the USA.
Powell said, “If someone says that 97 percent of publishing climate scientists accept anthropogenic [human-caused] global warming, your natural inference is that 3 percent reject it. But I found only 0.006 percent who reject it. That is a difference of 500 times. [That’s one in every 17,352 scientists.]” (Source article linked in photo.)
Which is to say that 99.994% of climate scientists accept anthropogenic climate change. Often, when organizations host climate science debates, they will place a panel of one to three climate scientists on one side, and one to three climate science deniers on the other, which gives the impression that climate science deniers have equal clout. But to have a statistically representative debate, you’d have to have 52,056 climate scientists on one side and three climate science deniers on the other.
I have found that, in general, only the determinedly ignorant, usually driven by deep conservative and/or religious motivations, and those in the fossil fuel, Big Industry and Big Ag sectors, are profoundly committed to climate science denial, often going so far as to set up pseudo-science front organizations such as the Heartland Institute and the so-called International Climate Science Coalition (“im still wondering what actual scientists are a part of this “coalition”). These organizations tend to be very secretive about their funders and memberships. Yet transparency is a key issue in all forms of science, and there is no real science done without transparency. Moreover, these organizations are typically headed by persons misrepresenting themselves as scientists, such as the head of ICSC, Tom Harris, who is, in fact, an engineer and not a scientist.