August recap and Edible Plant Workshop

Hey, friends! Thanks for taking the time to read the Red Earth Wildcrafted blog today. We aren’t very consistent about writing, and that absolutely kills readership and growth. I am sure that many other craftspeople find that to be a huge issue as well- handling the admin, especially the online aspect of running and growing a business. When you love what you do, you just want to be doing THAT- not social media! For me, that means spending time with my hands in the herbs- growing them, searching for them growing wild, making all sorts of preparations and potions with them, drinking them as tea etc, talking about them and reading about them. I suppose when I put it that way, writing about them doesn’t sound like that big of a stretch to add to that list, haha! I suppose a quick change of perspective, a little gratitude, a little more “Wait a minute, how amazing and awesome that I GET to sit down and write about things that I adore. How amazing that other people are actually interested in those things too and want to learn! How amazing that there are people who actually want to learn from ME!” So-coming from that place of a deep heart knowing of needing to share more of my gift with the world,  I am excited to rein it in and be a little more disciplined with writing.

This past weekend, I (Emily) taught at the Edible Plant Workshop, held at beautiful Walter B Jacobs Nature Park in Blanchard, just outside of Shreveport. I co-led with my good friend and WBJ park naturalist Stacy Gray. Together, we taught participants how to sustainably harvest a few abundant plants in the wild (yaupon, Red Spiral Mallow- also known as Turk’s Cap, shiso, wild plum, yellow dock and beautyberry) as well as how to use them to create easy and delicious wild foods.   We made dock seed pancakes with Mexican plum and beautyberry compote,  roasted yaupon tea, fresh shiso lemonade and red spiral mallow lemonade.

There are a few galleries online with pictures. This one from the Shreveport Times, who came out to photograph our little event:

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photo credit: Stan Carpenter, Shreveport Times

http://www.shreveporttimes.com/picture-gallery/news/2016/08/28/edible-plant-workshop/89520930/

and this gallery on Facebook

Earlier in the month, I also taught an Herbalism 101 class where we talked about yarrow, rosemary and dandelion.  Participants even got a primer on permaculture gardening and hugelkultur building. That was a fun day as well, and we had botanical cocktails with beautyberry infused vodka, crystanthemum liquer, digestive bitters and more! More herbal workshops are in the works for Fall.

We have had an insane amount of rain for August in Northwestern Louisiana. We haven’t had the catastrophic levels that South Louisiana was inudanted with, leading to unprecedented flooding- just more rain than usual. The downside of that is mosquitos everywhere. Big ones! One of my favorite consequences of rain like that is the fungal growth! We have had so many mushrooms! My next post is going to be on the mushrooms of summer, so check back soon for that.

On the personal front: our daughter is back at school, which means that I will have a little more time to focus on all things Red Earth Wildcrafted; Dan has some exciting employment news; Clinical program at herb school starts SOON!!; shamelessly awaiting the season of paleo pumpkin spice chocolate chip muffins (and pancakes- yes it’s a thing!), apple cider braised crockpot chicken, acorns, bone broths, chaga tea, elderberry syrup, and all things sweater weather.

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