For several years, readers have been asking me to begin creating videos on living with Nature. That project began roughly three months ago with planning, and went into implementation two months ago. I would like to take a moment to introduce you to Wildwood Ways.
Wildwood Ways is intended to become a comprehensive resource for homesteaders, naturalists, and those interested in Earth-based spiritualities. The current segment is Wildwood Ways: Edible & Medicinal Treasures, covering helpful wild plants and fungi. The most recent episode, on identifying and using red reishi, is embedded below. To watch more of the Wildwood Ways series, just go to YouTube and type “Wildwood Ways” or my name to navigate to the channel.
You will observe the programs are monetized. This is to offset the cost of production (it takes about 12 hours to make a single video), but more importantly, to fund a documentary I am attempting to produce on environmental issues in Canada.
In the past, I have been a professional photographer, but that was still photography. I had to learn to transfer those skills to videography, so please think of the first dozen or so vids as steps in learning. In time, all the topics I covered in those early “learning videos” will be redone more professionally. After coming to understand my video equipment and the editing software, I transformed the series, aiming for a much higher caliber of professional production. It’s still not quite fully professional, but that is mainly due to time restrictions. Working the homestead and writing professionally leave me time to produce only one video of this caliber per week. I hope you’ll find them informative and beautiful. They are all shot on location, in wild meadows and woods, where the real learning of these things is to be found.
In the future expect Wildwood Ways to branch into many other topics: brewing, wildlife tracking and observation, horse training, canoeing, wilderness survival, preparing herbal remedies, cheesemaking, permaculture and sustainable forestry, deep ecology, shamanry, and much, much more. Comments, suggestions and requests are welcomed.