Category Archives: food

Medicinal Mullein (Verbascum Thapsus) – harvesting and preparation

  Remedios de Ledoux Mullein is a medicinal herb native to Europe, Asia and N. Africa. The highest diversity of plants is found in the Mediterranean region. During the 1700s early settlers brought mullein seeds to the new colonies in … Continue reading

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Medicinal Milk Thistle – harvesting and preparation

Remedios de Ledoux Milk Thistle is a herbaceous annual or biennial plant with a dense prickly flower head and reddish-purple tubular flowers. It is native to the Mediterranean region and has been naturalized in Central Europe, North and South America … Continue reading

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Medicinal Herb Survey at the Lower Farm

Remedios de Ledoux Wild plants have been used by humans for medicinal purposes since prehistoric times. In the past two thousand years volumes of books have been written, by herbalists from around the world, to document the preparation and use … Continue reading

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Apple Blossoms and Lilacs

  Apple blossoms bring back memories of my youth. In back of the homes across the street from where I lived was a long narrow cornfield. Running in a perfectly straight line on the far side of the cornfield was … Continue reading

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Where did the breadbox go?

Found in an old cabin In American kitchens of the 1940s and 50s, in nearly every home, a breadbox sat on the countertop. I know in ours it did, as well as every neighbor, friend and family. Ours disappeared from … Continue reading

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A unique American invention – the apple parer

Found in an old cabin In mid 1850s America, a growing middle class sought out new mechanical aides and labor-saving machines for the home. The birth of American industry saw a proliferation of these mass produced items made of cast … Continue reading

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Changing climate, Changing lifeway

Climate change poses threats and dangers to the survival of indigenous communities world wide. Within the industrialized nations, indigenous communities still exist. Unless one lives in close proximity it is easy to forget they are there. Along the Alaskan coastline … Continue reading

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