Why I walk in Winter

Why I walk in winter I’m not someone who enjoys cold weather. I tend to prefer watching winter through the window, as I sit reading a book by a warm fire. Nevertheless, the sad look on my dog’s face usually gets me to step outdoors into the brisk winter air. What I discover in the […]

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Edible Wild Blossoms

With all the health advice out there, how come no one has told us we need to eat more flowers? I think nibbling on the sweet blossoms of spring has to be good for the mind & body. What is the color of a Redbud’s flowers- fuchsia – magenta? I’m astounded by it each spring, […]

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Wild Fruits of Summer

If you grow a garden or have access to a farmer’s market, the summer often brings an abundance of delicious fruits, from strawberries to melons. But the forgotten fruits of summer, are the gems of the wild. A few of my favorites include blackcap raspberries, manzanita, gooseberry and elderberry. Blackcap Raspberry Growing easily in shaded […]

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DIY – Doug Fir Soda

Douglas Fir is one of my favorites for vitamin-c rich tea, sorbet or probiotic soda. Use the needles year round, but for the highest content of Vitamin C, harvest the bright green tips in late winter or early spring. This 4-minute film shows how to make your own sparkling Douglas Fir soda, wonderful for the digestion […]

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Winter Foods in the Woods

It seems as if the cold of winter brings with it a lack of fresh foods. But there are many choices still available in the woods. Here are a few of my favorite wild winter foods. 1) Toyon Berries: With bright red berries signaling the approach of the holidays, Toyon berries are certainly a beautiful, […]

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