Welcoming springtime also means the onset of weed season. While many reach for their choice of mass plant destruction (with herbicides being of greatest concern), there are gentler and more sustainable ways to manage the green overgrowth in our yards and public spaces. Many of our wild plants that find their way into our gardens… Continue reading Wild Nettle Soup (vegan)
Probably one of the most delicious fermented brews that I've enjoyed is Prickly Pear mead. Okay, maybe technically its called a "melomel" because it is fermented honey and fruit. But, technicalities aside, with prickly pear fruit in season now, its a great time to make use of this delicious abundant native fruit here in Southern… Continue reading Prickly Pear Mead [Recipe]
I love it that people call me up and invite me to inspect their overgrown yards to search for lunch! There's always SOMETHING edible growing... even through the crevices of the sidewalks. Here was a yard full of some of the most succulent and dense purslane and dandelion that I've seen in a while. In… Continue reading Pickled Purslane
I've been fascinated by this little berry for a few years now. Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia) is a California native shrub in the rose family that bears fruit during the winter months, most notably around Christmas time. They were used by the native Chumash tribes as food, but after a bit of research, I have not… Continue reading Toyon Berries: A sign of the season
It's that time of year when the northern hemisphere begins to slow down, contract, and rest. An ideal time to reflect and take in all that has happened throughout the year. The celebration of death during Halloween swallowed up all that no longer serves us, transforming that energy into the seeds of something new for… Continue reading Gratitude, Harvest & Jojoba
Last week I spent some time in Arizona visiting my family while taking some time to get rebalanced and find my center again. Going home is always good for that, right? And what better way to do that than in the enchanting desert full of radiant sunsets, captivating monsoon storms and the intense, relentless heat.… Continue reading Prickly Pear Foraging &…Ice Cream!