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52 Wild Plants You Can Eat

Originally from Suntactics & Waking Times We all know which vegetables and fruits are safe to eat, but what about other wild edibles? Here are a few common North American goodies that are safe to eat if you find yourself stuck in the wild: Blackberries: Many wild berries are not safe to eat, it’s best to stay away from them. But wild blackberries are 100% safe to eat and easy to recognize. They have red branches that have long thorns similar to a rose, the green leaves are wide and jagged. They are best to find in the spring when their white flowers bloom, they are clustered all around the bush and their flowers have 5 points. The berries ripen around August to September. Dandelions: The easiest to recognize if the dandelion, in the spring they… Read More

Better than Organic

a Conversation with Agricola, part I By Michael Astera http://www.soilminerals.com/AgricolaI.htm Q. You were saying Organic farming and gardening aren’t really working. How are they not working? Agricola: They’re not working on several levels, including corporate greed, business ethics, and of course “We’re from the government and we’re here to help you.” But that’s not what I’d like to talk about today. I’d like to focus on the nutrition aspect, and on soil, plant, and animal health. Specifically, why most Organic food isn’t necessarily more nutritious than chemically grown food. Q. It isn’t? That certainly isn’t the conventional wisdom. The people who grow it and buy it seem to think it is. Agricola: Yes, there’s definitely a myth or misunderstanding that organically grown means more nutrition. But when tested or assayed for vitamins,… Read More

Better than Organic 2

a Conversation with Agricola by Michael Astera Part II: (Bad) Science and the (Hopeful) Future Agricola: Let’s get back to “Why Organic isn’t Really Working and How it Can.” Q. Absolutely. And after that background I think I have a pretty good idea of how it can. It has something to do with minerals, doesn’t it? (Laughing) Agricola: You got it. It has a lot to do with minerals and it has a lot to do with pulling all the different pieces together. Right now we have a lot of different viewpoints, a lot of different pieces of information, and, unfortunately, a lot of different “sects” in agriculture and gardening, all of them seemingly determined to prove that they’re right and everybody else is wrong. To a certain extent this is just… Read More

2013: Grow Your Own: 5 Easiest Vegetables To Grow Without Gardening Skills

By Christina Sarich Natural Society If Monsanto, Dow and Dupont chemical companies won’t listen to our pleas for non-GMO, organic food, we’ll just have to take growing our food into our own hands. Following is a list of 5 of the easiest vegetables to grow, even if you’ve never even watered a chia plant. Make sure you get heirloom, organic seeds to avoid perpetuating GMO seed monopolies. 1. Lettuces – Many kinds of lettuce grow fast and easily with a little organic soil and filtered water. If you grow them indoors in containers or pots, you don’t even have to worry about fending off other critters that like to munch on lettuce, too. You can also harvest your lettuce greens when they are still very young (or micro-greens) and enjoy their tender, flavorful leaves. Arugula… Read More