In the middle of the Indian Ocean, 1000 miles off the coast of Kenya, lies the exotic archipelago of the Seychelles. Its largest island- Mahé- feels like a mountain range surging up from the sea, outlined decoratively with beautiful beaches. Moving inward from the stunning sea level means moving upward; zig-zag roads climb the mountains […]Continue Reading... 4 Comments.
Last Spring I started working at The Good Earth Organic Gardening Center in Hope, RI. A beautiful place just outside of Providence (but seemingly much farther) that carries an enormous range of organically grown plants and gardening supplies. They also farm organic vegetables and have a small CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). I had never worked […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Last night was the last day of my Level 1 HEAT Class (Herbal Education and Training) at Farmacy Herbs! We each presented our final projects: an herb chart detailing 19 different herbs- their actions, body systems they support, where they grow, how they are prepared, their contraindications, and what they are used to treat. We […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Before composting all your cooking scraps, think about saving them for making a delicious broth! I keep mine in a plastic bag in the freezer. Examples of things you can save: – carrot ends – onion and shallot scraps – garlic skins – stalks of greens – potato skins (sweet potato skin makes a delicious […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Every Saturday when I visit the Wintertime Farmer’s Market at the Hope Artiste Village, I like to pick up something that isn’t on my routine shopping list. This week, I got some beautiful (and delicious!) watermelon radishes from Freedom Food Farm. Watermelon radishes taste very similar to red radishes, but slightly less bitter. I mixed […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
In my most recent class at Farmacy Herbs, we watched a video called Herbal Actions where English herbalist David Hoffmann explains the various actions of herbs (what they do in the body). David is clearly an extremely experienced herbalist and does a fantastic job explaining the relationship between pharmacology and herbalism. This video prompted me […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Detox cleanses aim at ridding the body of accumulated toxins. These toxins come from the food we eat, air we breath, water we drink, and many other modern day contaminants including prescription medications and other drugs. There are many different kinds of detox cleanses, some of which can be very harmful to the body if […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
One of my favorite podcasts is An Organic Conversation. The show is hosted by food advocate Helge Hellberg, produce expert Mark Mulcahy, and holistic chef Sitarani Palomar. They discuss a range of topics on health, food, ecology, and sustainability. They also feature an informative segment exploring “whats in season?” (They are based in California, but […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
I was pleased to read today that a a number of bills have been filed in Rhode Island that impact, among other things, the labeling of genetically modified foods as well as the re-using/re-cycling of prescription drugs. These bills have not yet been passed, but they pose exciting potential changes for Rhode Island. Genetically modified […]Continue Reading... No Comments.