Berries for the Bear

Woohoo, new plants for the Canyon! Thanks to a small grant from the Fish & Wildlife people, I just purchased some new native plants to reintroduce to our riparian areas. Now, if you live in the NW you might think my choices a bit funny, but you have to remember that I’m working to restore a drastically overgrazed area to some kind of ecostasis. While the land has recovered amazingly, full of Alders, Cottonwoods, Willows, Maples and Canyon Walnuts we’re still missing some important wildlife (and people) foraging species. So today, I bought some Blackberries, Raspberries, Thimbleberries, Elderberries and a few Yerba Mansa plants. They should be here by the end of the week. Of course, we’ll be wrestling the black bears and elk for the fruit,...

A Sorta’ Fairytale: One Woman’s Alliance With Hylde Mor

October Blogparty: The First Ally In the beginning, in even the coldest forests of the North, grew a tree with so much power that her flowers could cure blindness and the healers of many peoples held her in the highest regard. A tree so sacred that her limbs couldn’t be gathered without permission and her body was never to be burned. In this tree was the conception of goddesses and stories. Her name is Hylde Mor, and she guards our forests still. On one level it’s difficult to remember the first plant that piqued my interest in the herbs and healing, there were so many moments and plants that brought me to this place of dedication, adoration and communication with the plants — and on another, I remember the moment perfectly. Much of my earliest...