Diane’s Dills: A Recipe for Fermented Pickles

Fermented Pickle Recipe Diane Blust is a VA Cooperative Extension – Master Food Volunteer and permaculture designer, and gardener.  She is also a guest presenter of our “Introduction to Fermentation” webinar, where she talks about the benefits of fermented foods and how to prepare them.  She has developed and tested this recipe over many years of teaching food workshops.  We …

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Natural Antivirals to help with Coronavirus

natural antivirals for coronavirus

Natural Antivirals for Coronavirus Disclaimer: The plants detailed below are part of a promising study of candidate herbs to inhibit the novel coronavirus that is causing Covid-19. I am not a medical doctor nor a certified herbalist.  I have used herbs to maintain my health and the health of my family. As of this writing there is no known cure …

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Natural Cold Remedies: Plant-based alternatives

While natural cold remedies abound in herbalism circles, we find that very few of them are used in daily living. This article aims to demystify herbal remedies a bit.  And encourage that process of pouring yourself a cup of tea, to ease you and your family’s discomforts during the cold winter months. We’ve highlighted some videos of natural cold remedies …

A Medicinal Herb Garden

Medicinal Herbs

Disclaimer: This post contains some affiliate links. The small commission we receive if you choose to purchase goes towards making this gardening education available for free! We do not affiliate for anything we do not personally use. Thanks so much for your support! BTW, If you want to listen to the audio version of this post, it is at the …

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Grow Your Own Food

Did you guess what the #1 US export is? The #1 export of the US is…. get ready for it… SOIL. “In the United States alone, soil disappears 10 times faster than it is naturally replenished, according to this Cornell University study, at an estimated rate of nearly 1.7 billion tons of farmland alone per year.” As Theodore Roosevelt once …

Current State of Food Nutrition

I promised this story is not all gloom & doom.  There’s a light at the end of the tunnel. A bright shiny one.  Just be patient. But, let’s just say, that for one magical moment, all the pesticides and herbicides currently being used in the market were deemed safe for consumption. I would like to know (and I bet you …

Pesticides in Food:

Once upon a time, we got some negative feedback from someone who did not believe there was a link between allergies and pesticides in food. I just blocked out names out of respect to those involved. In the end, we just told everyone that all we could do was hold up all the good that permaculture had done for us …

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Soil

The soil is like the gut When people ask us how we are able to grow so much food in one tiny townhouse we tell them that first place to start… is with the soil. What is soil anyway? Soil is not merely “dirt” the result of ages of weathering down rock. Though its rock-based mineral components are an essential …