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Teacher Spotlight: Nina Nelson of ShalomMama

This month, we are honored to present Nina Nelson, a student herbalist, wellness educator and author who has secretly always wanted to be the village wise woman. Nina lives in Central Oregon with her husband and their four children where she spends her free time doing...

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Homemade Fruit Infused Vinegar

The trend towards self-reliance often begins in the kitchen. We search for ways to expand our knowledge and save our pocketbooks in the process. This can be accomplished by cooking with something new (like cranberries) when it is on sale or looking for many ways to...

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Fall Gardening – without the overwhelm

Let’s be honest, fall and winter gardening can be tough. When you need to plant your fall garden, you’re probably knee deep in harvesting and putting up your summer crops. And you’re tired and all you want to do is put your garden to bed for the winter. But don’t, not...

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Teacher Spotlight: Kristine Brown of HerbalRootsZine

Meet Kristine Brown @HerbalRootsZine Self-Reliance is of great interest to our community, in fact in one form or another, it’s what Rootsy is all about. This month, we are honored to present a teacher whose experience with plants began at the tender age of 2 when her...

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Selecting Seeds for Your Fall Garden

The growing season need not end with the Autumn harvest! With careful planning and successional sowing, a bountiful fall garden can extend harvests into winter, and planting of overwintering varieties will give you a jump start on fresh produce in the spring....

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3 Herbal Remedies for Preparedness

There are several items that should always be carried in an emergency kit. Water, food, and clothing should be top of mind as you prepare. So should a simple first aid kit. An effective first aid kit should have bandages, pain relievers, and a way to treat minor...

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Safely Canning Jam and Jelly at Home

If you were to gather 10 people together and ask them how to make and can jam and jelly, you would probably get at least 10 different answers. Whether someone grew up canning with Grandma who still clings to the old ways or someone just learned by watching a YouTube...

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Homemade Chicken Soup

When I think of being prepared, my thoughts immediately go to the kitchen.  Before me are cupboards, drawers, pantry, and a refrigerator loaded with: pots, pans, cutlery, appliances, seasonings, dehydrated foods, homemade canned foods, and foods that have been bought...

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Kitchen Herb Garden Cold Remedies

When the cold bug hits a home, it's a bugger of a thing to fight and get on top off. There are numerous remedies and medications available at the local pharmacy. You can also find natural relief by making herb garden remedies right from the abundance in your backyard...

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