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Before I share this week’s new video with you, I wanted to let you know that there are only 3 days left to enroll for Foraging Wild Mushrooms. Whether you’re interested in foraging mushrooms for food, for medicine, for study, or just for fun, this online course covers the most important lessons to get you started and to keep you going!
Foraging has led to profound impacts on my life (e.g., better health, deeper nature connection, lasting friendships with other nature enthusiasts), and I’d love for you to experience the same.
To learn more about the online course, you can follow this link: Foraging Wild Mushrooms Online Course
And now on to this week’s brand new video!
After months of low-to-no activity put forth by the fungal kingdom, it’s nice to finally observe a variety of familiar spring mushrooms appearing like clockwork. All it takes is a bit of rain and warmth to turn even the most fungally-barren tree stump into a treasure trove of mushrooms overnight.
I recently spent some time in a tulip tree grove in search of mid-spring fungi and thought I’d film the experience. If you’re interested in seeing which mushrooms made it into the frying pan that fruitful day, check out the brand new video!
Thanks for reading and watching… and as always, thank you for your support!
In the English and European Victorian era, gifting herbs and flowers were used to relay secret messages. When you received a flower bouquet, you would sit down with your dictionary and try to decipher what it meant; honeysuckle for devotion, aster for patience, and roses for love. Fast forward to modern times, important life milestones like births, graduations, buying a new home, and career changes are almost always accompanied by flower gifts. While today it’s not our first choice of communication, a flower bouquet can make a lovely homemade and eco-friendly gift for just about anyone in your life, and can certainly contain an intention.
Plants and floral bouquets have a long-standing tradition as Mother’s Day gifts, and with good reason. There’s a simple and well-understood joy that comes from a vibrant and beautiful bouquet on the kitchen table. We have all felt it, botanical bliss; it’s like a type…
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The names of eight women, all nurses (seven from the Army and one from the Air Force), are inscribed next to their fallen brothers on The Wall in Washington, D.C.
(L to R: 1st. Lt. Hedwig Orlowski, 2nd Lt. Carol Drazba, 1st. Lt.Sharon Lane, Capt. Mary Klinker, Capt. Eleanor Alexander, 2nd Lt. Elizabeth Jones, 2nd Lt. Pamela Donovan, LTC Annie Graham)
Each dedicated themselves to taking care of the wounded and dying.
See their faces and remember their names. These are their stories.
1st Lt. Sharon Ann Lane of Canton, Ohio.
1st Lieutenant Sharon Ann Lane, U.S. Army was killed by a rocket explosion on June 8, 1969, less than 10 weeks after she arrived in Vietnam. Assigned to the 312th Evacuation Hospital, 1LT Lane was working in the Vietnamese ward of the hospital when the rocket exploded, killing her and her patients. She was from Ohio and her name can be…
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Announcements and Events
This is an exciting month for lavender lovers and farmers! Our plants are greening up and sending up shoots! We will even see flowers from our featured lavenders this month, Lavandula stoechas, and maybe flowers from the early blooming L. angustifolia varieties, such as French Fields, toward the end of May!
There aren’t any events going on during this month, but June will be packed. Here’s a sneak peek of some June festivals and events so you can get them on your calendar:
Clackamas River Lavender Festival at Eagle Creek Lavender
June 22-23, from 10-4 Join us for our Festival at Eagle Creek Lavender on the Clackamas River. Live music, savory food, U-Pick fresh lavender, gift shop with lavender products, artistic vendors and awesome classic cars on display. A bargain at $5 per car for parking. No pets, please. 27525 SE Starr Rd, Eagle…
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I have used a recipe from The Nerdy Farm Wife and adapted slightly to suit me.
Dandelion lotion bars, are good for very dry, chapped skin, and can be used on hands, knees, elbows or anywhere that needs some serious love.
This is the perfect time of year to make Dandelion infused oil. Our gardens and countryside are full of them, but when collecting please do leave some for the bees. For every 1 dandelion you pick, leave 2 or 3 behind.
Making the infused Oil;
With proper storage this oil will be good for 9-12 months. Gather flowers from places that haven’t been sprayed with chemicals or used as a bathroom site for your pets. Dandelions often have bugs or ants on them, so let the container sit outside for a few hours before bringing in.
Dandelions have a high water content, so let them dry out for 2-3…
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