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The amount of spontaneous vegetation in a given city always seems to be inversely proportional to it’s economic prosperity. In NYC Manhattan with sky high property values there is little spontaneous vegetation while Brooklyn and the Bronx are filled with it. Frank Egler 1966 – The Wild Gardener in the Wild Landscape

Bottom right the 2Solitudes Food Forest we started 5 years ago. Other images are of maintained landscapes. What has more value? Advertisements

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Setting Flames to Fire Cider

Something terrible must have been happening for the past 6 years I’ve been studying herbalism because not once during this time had I made a bonafide fire cider until this year! Everything changed this winter as the third batch is steeping away, ready to be filtered & bottled in a mere 2 weeks. There are… Continue reading Setting Flames to Fire Cider

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Honey Infused Garlic

  Winter is ticking into springtime and a lot of our garlic braids are starting to germ! There is nothing wrong with the herb, but we have so much left over and ready to be transformed into a delicious & soothing remedy for the changing seasons. I start by clearing any shrivelled or mouldy cloves… Continue reading Honey Infused Garlic

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PARANGA EXPERIMENTAL FOREST FARM

Paranga is named after the Scarlet Tanager, a bird that nests on this 17 acre land situated in the Laurentian Forests of Quebec.The experimental part comes from the question we often ask ourselves here: can we gain a livelihood from this land and respect the integrity of the surrounding forest? The site was cleared in… Continue reading PARANGA EXPERIMENTAL FOREST FARM

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Cold December and Chickens

Here on these frayed posts along the highway is where we hold court and give visual evidence of our worshipping   Took the battery out of our 1984 Ford F150 and parked it for the next 4 months, got the chickens moved into a used car tempo and ate most of our winter supply of… Continue reading Cold December and Chickens

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Topinambour

Helianthus tuberosus The topinambour; sunchoke; Jerusalem artichoke; any other names I am missing?!   For years these Plants have been shooting up great green sprouts and soon enough October rolls around and they finally begin to flower.  Topinambours are a staple to the NorthEastern NorthAmerican diet (or so they should be!) as they are perennial… Continue reading Topinambour

herbal · nomadique · ritual

Sugar Water Tree

Acer saccharum Spotting, tapping & learning from the maple tree. This tree which represents Canada in many ways is actually not apparent across the country and is largely found in the southeast mixed forest in the Canadian Shield.  Maple is big business and small operations have thousands of taps.  Even people with 100 or 200… Continue reading Sugar Water Tree

healing · nomadique · wild foods

Chaga :: How NOT to harvest

Allow me to cut straight to the chase, here. If anyone wants to harvest food or medicine from the wild, it must absolutely must be done with the safety of the plants in mind.  When harvesting the burdock root, only take less than 1/3 of the amount from a large patch.  Leave the flower of… Continue reading Chaga :: How NOT to harvest

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7 Sisters :: Buckwheat

I have been enamored with companion planting ever since I started observing and building permaculture designs.  The attraction and repelling properties that plants have on each other is so difficult to detect to humans.  A lot of the times you cannot see the effects that a parsley or yarrow plant will have on a tomato… Continue reading 7 Sisters :: Buckwheat

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Poison Partners

Poison Partners We’re still a long way off from any sign of new, green growth outdoors up here in Wentworth-Nord but I can see that pretty much everywhere else things are a bit different. On this day I’m dreaming of my poison pasture that I established last season. Poison pasture? Yes, I made a portion… Continue reading Poison Partners