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I am the Forager Chick at Bella Vista Farm. My husband and I have 24 acres, wooded trails for herb walks, pastures for horses & chickens and the rest(not much left) is dedicated to my gardens and mushrooms. I have studied herbalism since late 2011, mostly self-taught and with online programs until 2014 when I completed a year with BotanoLogos School of Herbal Studies with a certificate in Clinical Herbalism. In 2017 I became a Certified Wild Mushroom Forager and now teach some of the classes for the Wild Mushroom Food Safety program for Mushroom Mountain. Wilds weeds, mushrooms and native plants are what I love most and I teach classes on these and how to make wild food, bread baking, herbal remedies and natural beauty products.
Do you like turmeric? Have you ever had it in milk? I will share a delicious recipe with you momentarily right after I tell you about some of the amazing health benefits! Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is that orangey root that looks similar to ginger and stains everything yellow. Mustard contains turmeric and you know mustard…it […]Read more »
Doesn’t that title make your mouth water? Calendula & Dandelion Egg Muffins. Or actually egg cups because when you think of muffins, you think bready. These are gluten free, grain free and pure deliciousness!! Before I get to the recipe, here is a blurb about each herb that I used. 🙂 Calendula (Calendula officinalis) is growing […]Read more »
Have you ever put herbs and chocolate together in a recipe before? If you have not, oh boy are you missing a great way to take your medicine!!! Chocolate, Cocoa, Cacao….however you say it, it is delicious! First of all if you did not already know, Chocolate or Cacao (Theobroma cacao) is medicinal all in itself. It […]Read more »
Usnea is a really cool herb! It is a lichen that grows on trees and you can find tons of it where the air is cleanest. We found enough for everyone at the retreat up in Highlands. Of course we did not pick it off the trees, that is a no no!!!! Many tree branches […]Read more »
This year I grew some new plants, Boneset being one of them. It was soooo easy to grow from a plant that I purchased in North Carolina. I harvested the aerial parts(all parts above the soil) and have it drying on a rack in my kitchen right now. Boneset is a must have […]Read more »
Have you noticed yourself lately in the mode of going, going, doing, doing doing and then crash because you are OVERDOING? Most women take on more than they possibly can, or at least we THINK we can do it all, and sometimes we can, but realistically we are not superwomen! When we try to do […]Read more »
Lemongrass (Cymopogon citratus) Have you ever grown lemongrass? Have you smelled or tasted lemongrass? There are so many amazing benefits of using lemongrass whether medicinally, in food or as a pest deterrent. We grow it but ONLY in small amounts because getting it out of the ground at the end of its season is well….think […]Read more »
What do you think of Stinging Nettle? I am always amazed at how much this plant can do for you. Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) is chock full of medicinal and nutritional benefits. It is called “stinging” for a reason – fine, stinging hairs filled with formic acid, just like fire ant bites, cover the entire […]Read more »
Shiitake and Morel Mushrooms are a couple of the best tasting mushrooms, well if you grow your own or wild harvest, that is. Those store bought mushrooms grown on sawdust in dark buildings cannot compare to the fresh taste of log grown shiitakes !! I am on a mushroom kick this week because it is […]Read more »
The wild violets are out, creating a beautiful carpet of green and purple speckled lawn. I love this time of year when everything is starting to bust open with springtime goodness! Violets are not only beautiful, they are edible and medicinal too! Last year I spent the entire year creating jellies from all edible wild […]Read more »