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8 Feb

harvest

2 Aug

‘shrooming

15 Jun

New favorite thing to do on a rainy day is picking mushrooms.  Mainly finding oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus Ostreatus) on Alder trees.

the farm

30 May

I have stumbled upon a gem on this little island I now live on.  Here on Cortes Island is a small school called Linnaea.

The Linnaea Ecological Gardening Program offers a thorough grounding in a small-scale organic gardening and farming, with the intent to impart an understanding of the values and practical skills of ecological land stewardship.  Students come here for a full growing season March to October and work there assigned plot of land while attending classes  like herbology, wildcrafting, and woodworking.

The school and its students are really lovely.  I wanted to share this special place with you and some pictures too.  Please check out the website linnaeafarm.org  for more information. 

Foraging For Nettles

8 May

Foraging for Nettles

Stinging Nettle its botanical name is Urtica Dioica which is most commonly found in damp areas of North America and Europe.  Stinging Nettle has a well know reputation for giving a sting when the skin touches the hairs on the leaves and stems.  The sting is a really irritating to the skin so make sure you where your gloves!

harvesting nettles

This herb has many well-known curative properties.  Here are just a few:

1. It is a diuretic

2. Really high in Iron great for battling anemia

3. Anti-Inflammatory – Histamines found in the Nettle plant can inhibit the body’s response to symptoms of seasonal allergies.

Stinging Nettle Plant

Nettle have many health benefits and can be substituted for spinach in any recipe.  I love them sautéed in a little butter and garlic.  Happy picking and eating.

5 May

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5 May

I have been traveling the world working as a holistic chef working at a variety of wellness retreats. From Toronto to the Caribbean and currently British Columbia I am making nutrient dense meals for people from all walks of life. I have started this blog to share my knowledge and experiences with others. Look forward to lots of tips on food, nutrition, gardening, yoga, and meditation. Plus see photos of some of the most beautiful places on earth and try one of my great healthy recipes.