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News Bleep from the Wild - Biotopia # 20 - July 12th, 2012

News Bleep from the Wild - Biotopia - # 20 - July 12th, 2012

Hello my friends of the Wild Greens!!!

What a sunny Summer we have - and still, today I went to my favorite creek and picked my dinner - Oyster mushrooms - enough for a good meal and then some =)

We just passed the Independence Day - and 'Independence' comes to my mind, when I am using the Wild Greens and the Mushrooms that grow in my neighborhood - locally. And it is part of my freedom. I decided to stop this business of looking 'out there' for change and freedom in my life - it is right here - tata - surprise =) it just took a bit to get where I am now ... and what is 'time' anyhow???

Enough of the philosophical line - back to the basics:
what you have growing right in front of your nose - or in other words, what is growing on your property or in front of your house? have a look - that is what is offered by Mother Nature to partake of. Those Plant sisters and brothers in our direct neighborhood are offering their help, abundance, vitality, nutrients and medicinal values....I am sure I forgot some values...

here is an example from our front yard: lots of Broadleaf Plantain (Plantago maior) is growing at the front and the back of our house - so I decided to harvest the youngest leaves and some Red Clover (Trifolium pratensis) flowers  and make a Pesto out of it - I added Olive oil, Coconut oil, sprouted Sunflowerseeds, soaked Almonds without the brown skin, lemon juice from an organic lemon and a pinch of Cayenne pepper - every ingredient combined in a blender and thoroughly processed. Filled up in 2 pint canning jars, this Plantain Pesto is now in my fridge to be used - because I added Coconut oil, the Pesto is on the firm side when I take it out of the fridge and spread it on a slice of home baked bread with sprouted grains. Sometimes I top the Pesto with a slice of raw Cheddar cheese - a wonderful filling and healthy snack.
I harvested the leaves of the Plantain on a leaf day according to the astrological Moon calendar, which was on a day of Scorpio, also a water day. I had started last year with getting acquainted with the wisdom and usage of the moon calendar and it is fascinating to me how accurate it is. As we all know, Grandmother Moon has a great influence on the life of this, 'our' Planet, actually upon all aspects of life.
Another example that you can try: Have you ever noticed that eggshells crack differently when the moon is waxing and when it is waning? Those little details make life even more interesting, in my view and then of course my role as the observer....

OOpsa - this News Bleep has a life of its own - originally I had envisioned a totally different subject, but with the Independence 'it' all changed.

I had asked the question: why is the White Clover tougher in its consistency then the Red Clover - did you take a close look? did you look where the White Clover is actually growing in your yard? When you go outside, make it a point to discover the locations where the two types of Clover are growing! and inspect how the White Clover plants are spreading .... that says a lot. If you have the answer, please e-mail it to me.. thanks - I love feedback =)

Have you seen all the different kinds of berries??? The Salmon berries (Rubus spectabilis) are in their prime here in the Bald Hills. The Huckleberries (Vaccinium parvifolium)  are getting ripe - remember: if the one bush you are picking from doesn't taste sweet enough, go to the next one - every bush tastes different - try it! The Trailing Blackberries (Rubus ursinus) are also coming on as well as the Blackcaps (Rubus leucodermis) and of course the Raspberries (Rubus ideaus) and I almost forgot the Thimbleberries (Rubus parviflorus) .
It's time to make some jams and jellies, if you do that. I prefer eating the berries fresh or freeze them - Try this experiment: eat your Raspberries or Cherries fresh from the bush and pick some that you let sit for an hour or more before consuming them - what difference does it make? surprise yourself!

The majority of our fruits are in the family of the Roses (Rosaceae) - like the Raspberries, Blackberries and Apples, Cherries and Peaches as well as Apricots. Why am I pointing this out?  All, literally all, of those fruits contain Vitamin B17 or Laetril and Cyanid in their seeds and pits. The vitamin was discovered by Dr. Ernest T. Krebs, Jr. in 1950 and became the cure for treating cancer (by the way the name German name 'Krebs' literally translates into 'Cancer') - our Grandmothers used to carefully crush the seeds of cherries, apples, apricots and other fruits of the Rose family and diligently mix them with the jams and preserves - bless our Grandma's! Centuries ago our ancestors used to eat millet bread, rich in Vitamin B 17, but now the majority of the people chew their way through wheat which has none at all.
Without going into too much detail, I like to report, that the vitamin is harmless to healthy tissue, but destroys cancerous cells - so eat your apple whole, seeds and all! - if you have the thought of: 'if I eat that, then I'll die' (your mind is very you may have noticed ;)..... let me tell you: you have to eat a quart of apple seeds in order to start passing to the other dimension .. can you imagine eating that many apple seeds??? open up those Cherry pits and eat them... When we still had some Indian Plum fruits around (they are now all consumed by either myself or the birds) I even cracked the pits and ate the soft interior, which tasted only faintly like cyanide... the shell of the pits are very thin, so I allowed myself to crack them with my teeth.
If you like the scientific explanation for the effects of Vitamin B17, Laetril - google it or e-mail me and I'll send you an article.

The last weeks for me have been about "Testing recipes" - "Elderberry flowers dipped in pancake dough and baked in the frying pan" - have you ever tried it? I did it for breakfast and almost gave up... I had added two eggs to the mix and the dough had a hard time sticking to the flowers..... so finally I thinned the dough a little more and picked the flowers into smaller clusters, dipped them in the dough and baked them - this way they tasted really good - it sounded so simple, but cooking is an Art! - looks like next time I will add only one egg to the dough.
And then there was that photo on Facebook: Flowers in ice cubes....looking so enticing ... sure, I filled up the ice-cube-mold with water and added some pretty flowers to it.... what was the result???? any idea? The flowers 'without exception' were floating on the water - so how do you get those flowers into the water??? A friend of mine suggested that I fill the mold only halfway with water, add the flower and freeze it, then add the rest of the water and freeze again - so I did that - result: some flowers are in the middle of the ice cube, but some flowers and petals still rose to the top and all the cubes now look whitish --- I am very thankful for any help with getting those flowers into an ice cube that is transparent - so my ice cubes look as 'good' as those on Facebook... so if you have any ideas, please share them with me!! Thank you !!! and I will report the results in the next News Bleep.

Remember to eat the root of the Burdock plant, the one that is in its first year. I just dug one on Monday - in order to get the whole root, it is necessary to free the root from the surrounding soil, then gently pull ... if the plant is firm in the ground, dig more space around the root and try wiggle again - if you leave part of the root in the ground, it will grow back next year - which is actually 'not so bad'  =)

Whats new at the farm? Our turkey hens have some chicks! In May the hens had disappeared into the forest and came only once per week for food.. so I wondered, but didn't expect to see them coming with their little chicks into our front yard. And there they were: the white hen with one chick and the light brown one had five. The latter has now 3 left - the life for a turkey baby in the wild is we'll see how many will grow to their full size this year.

And what workshops are being offered? Be-come your own Herbalist and discover the world of Local Wild Edibles - Wednesday, July 18th and Thursday, July 26th from 10 AM until 3 PM : how do you approach the subject of being your own herbalist and add Wild Edible Plant food to your diet? What Plants are edible and how? and what medicinal value do they have? Come and find out in this hands-on workshop. It is easier then you think.... I mentor beginning as well as more advanced participants - be assured: you will learn a lot!

 ---- you can always custom design your workshop at Biotopia or at your place, almost anytime - and/or ask for a consultation regarding the abundance of Wild Food / Medicine on your property!

until our next meeting :
be well, wild and only the best !

from Christine and family at Biotopia - Farm & Forage

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News Bleep from the Wild - Biotopia # 19 - June 17th, 2012

News Bleep from the Wild - Biotopia - # 19 - June 17th, 2012

Hello my friends of the Wild Greens!    and a Happy Father's day to All !

This is the season: there is 'a plenty a food out there' - this is the season of plenty -

just yesterday I decided to dig up a Burdock plant (Arctium lappa) and I was pleasantly surprised by the taste of the root - it was delicious raw and I wished the root would have been bigger, but I have more plants out in the garden, that are ready.
Burdock is a biennial plant: in its first year it sends out only leaves and in the second year it is growing up and features the blossoms and burrs. June and July are the month to dig up the roots - those roots are extending very deep into the ground, of course depending on the soil conditions and it is quite an adventure to dig them. So, if you have a first year burdock plant - go for the root. It is great raw, but can also be stir fried and
added to soups.
Besides: Burdock has many medicinal properties - it nourishes and cleanses the body. It also cools the system down - so if you are hotblooded and constantly on the go, it will show you how to be a calmer person;
but if you tend to be lethargic and feel easily cold, this plant is not a match for you;... this said, I still recommend trying the root, even if you are the more laid back type - it is very very nourishing - remember the length of the root - amazing.
In some stores you can find the root sold as 'Gobo' - I had bought some in the winter from the Coop - the taste can't compare to that of the fresh harvested root - not at all!

For all those that have done a workshop here at Biotopia, this is just a reminder and for all others it is some pretty cool info :
Red Clover (Trifolium pratensis) has a high content of protein and calcium in its upper parts. The leaves tend to get a bit bitter when the Clover blooms, but the Flower itself can be used in an easy and palatable way: pick yourself a nice amount of Red Clover blossoms and then get your favorite, homemade tomato/pasta sauce simmering and place those blossoms you just picked into the sauce. Let the sauce simmer lightly for another 15-20 minutes and enjoy this 'wild' creation with your Spaghetti or other noodle variety. So, here you have Spaghetti sauce with Clover Blossoms instead of meatballs. Pretty cool, Huh? The first time I ever served this dish up in our family - my two men didn't even taste the difference at first. After knowing the ingredients, they both really liked it - this is a delicious way to get used to the 'Wild Greens'.

You can also add the Clover blossoms to your salad - for this purpose I pick the flowers into smaller pieces for easier chewability (..what a word.. =). If you have obvious cancer in your body, the regular use of Red Clover Tea is encouraged - and for every one else: drink it anyhow or just eat this herb - any Wild Greens have sooo many more nutrients and medicinal value then lettuce or broccoli from any store - (I could go on about the value of our plant sisters and brothers - it is my passion, as you may have noticed...  ;) but I stop here.
Red Clover can be used as a tea for cough as well as whooping cough and is a blood tonic as well as purifier.
The best time to collect Clover for storage is Spring until early Summer - you can freeze the leaves as well as the flower heads - I suggest separately, so you have easy access to those 'meatballs' during autumn and winter. You can also dry both and then store them separately in a glass container in a dark, cool place. When I use dried Clover leaves, I grind them up and add the 'flour' to soups or add them to cookies, cereal, home baked bread. The dried flowers easily get re-hydrated once you add them to the tomato sauce.
Can you eat the White Clover (Trifolium repens) plants? for sure! This Clover is a bit harder in its texture - and if you look closely at its growth pattern and where is tends to grow, you will know why .... (with this I leave you to find out for yourself).

The Blue Elderberries (Sambucus caerulea)  are in bloom now - you can pick the umbrella like flowers, dip them in pancake dough and fry them out in a frying pan and eat your treat/breakfast from the stalk. For younger and older kids pretty exciting.
Dried Elderberry flowers are good to have at hand during the winter month - especially if you or your loved ones have a cold coming on: make a tea with these flowers and the body will be sweating the infection right out. Dry some flowers and store them in a glass jar in a dark and preferably cool place - ready for winter usage.
My Grandma used to make us kids a lemonade from the Elderberry flowers using only water, lemon, sugar and the flowers. It was ready when we came to visit her for our summer vacation - can you see why we loved to go to that Grandma?
A word of caution: the use of the Red Elderberry (Sambucus racemosa) is being discouraged, it is mentioned as being poisonous. Those Elderberry bushes have already bloomed and are setting on fruits - and the appearance of the flower head is very different from the Blue Elderberries: later on the fruit will be easily distinguished by the color....

! We got berries ! The first berries and plums are ripe - our friend the Salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis) shows her orange and when older even red berries. You can make them into jelly, pie fillings and wine or just enjoy them raw - the latter is what I do - and I eat some of the flowers, they make a lovely addition to any salad. The Indians also gather young stem sprouts, peel them and eat them mostly raw - gotta try it. If the berries you pick taste 'insipid', then find another bush - they can be quite tasty! it just depends on the 'clan'.

And the Indian Plum (Oemleria cerasiformis) is also ready in some spots - I bet that the plums are ready in Olympia and even Yelm - we up here are in a peculiar spot - today when I gardened, I found some bird poop on the bed with several plum pits in it - birds eat the plums only when they are purplish - I like them in any stage, but prefer the soft purple = ripe stage. Birds love these plums and if you are faster, you can pick a lot and make jelly from it. Last year I dried some, but was disappointed with the end product: there was not much left besides the large pit. The native Indians used a tea from the inner bark as a tonic.

So: What do Hummingbirds eat? Personally I had seen these little jewels only sucking on the feeder or on flowers. First time I asked myself the before mentioned question was when I sat under 'my' Cedar and I heard that humming sound above me in the trees - what in the world was Hummingbird doing in the forest? I looked it up and found out, that Hummingbirds do eat insects for their own and their offsprings protein supply.

and do you remember the question: How do you enter the forest?
have you noticed? when you enter the forest the birds stop singing - all of a sudden, especially if their had been a concert in the forest, it is quiet and/or some birds sound their alarm calls, which are pretty loud ---- it is like this:
when you throw a rock into a body of water - you see ripples and concentric rings forming - that is exactly what we are doing, when we are in e-motion:

with our emotions. whichever they are, and our motions we are sending out concentric rings - .... this is how we are sending our 'ripples' into the forest and all entities are responding to it -
now:  how can we enter in a more natural way?
just stop ! before you enter the forest - stay there still for a moment, ask permission to enter - or mentally announce that you are coming as a friend and take your time to wait for a response -
wait until the birds stop alarming and start to sing again.... and then proceed slowly! and aware - be all eyes, ears and all your senses, including the sixth sense and up ....
this becomes more and more apparent to me - the more time I spent outside - especially at my sit spot in the forest.  (wonna have quantum leaps? this is one way......)

The following is from "Coyote's Guide to connecting with Nature":

"Observing and understanding (the) meaning in subtle patterns of sound and behavior can be applied (...) to the rest of human life. As each person learns to be still and listen to the tones that reflect the moods of sensitive wild things, an awareness grows for the disturbances that they and others cause. People will eventually realize that their moods - fears or angers, impulsiveness or hesitancies - send off concentric rings of disturbance, both in the natural and human worlds."                                                            

....And you thought I wouldn't write about mushrooms this time .... :) here they are: I just got an article from 'Underground Health report' about the 'new' Superfood called 'Mushroom' - it describes specifically the common button mushroom -
and I say from the bottom of my heart: any edibles mushroom will do - if you have a different opinion or - better even - knowledge, please reply to me = thank you !

here is the link (cut and paste):

And one more: Going Barefoot is now called Earthing - there is a transfer of free electrons from the Earth to your body happening - this electron transfer helps to beneficially change your heart rate, decrease skin resistance and inflammation, improves sleep and slows the aging process.  You can find more info at Dr. Mercola's website, in his article about the dangers of taking Aspirin =
"Aspirin's mostly unrecognized connection to serious medical problems" from June 17th, 2012

"Earthing causes your blood to flow more easily and your blood pressure to drop"
Now: Place those beautiful feet of yours in direct contact with our Mother Earth =)

When is the next workshop being offered? No set dates at the moment -
if you want to have an introduction into the Wild Food World and/or like to dive even deeper into this mystery, then contact me - either via e-mail or phone -
we'll arrange a day and time for immersion into the natural world and her bounty; one on one or in small groups, here or at your place.
I am also available for private consultations on your land.
Check out our website:                          

If you would like to have a specific plant identified - e-mail me a close-up picture and include the location where it grows - I'll get back to you.

until our next meeting :

be well, wild and only the best !

from Christine and family at Biotopia - Farm & Forage

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News Bleep from the Wild - Biotopia # 17 - May 12th, 2012

News Bleep from the Wild - Biotopia - # 17 - May 12th, 2012

Hello my friends of the Wild Greens!

Welcome to our next News Bleep form the Wild / Biotopia - Farm & Forage ! Can you feel the changes in the air? I personally take more time to look inside for answers - as we all know, all answers are inside of us - we just  have to keep asking questions or have others ask the questions -

Do you remember the little green eggs from the photo I sent out in the last News Bleep? These are soooo tasty and their prime time is over now: they are normally hanging way up high in a tree so one can't get to it - but the icy storm in January brought some branches to the ground and I enjoyed a whole lot of these eggs as I walked by and gathered some for the salad - these eggs actually elongate into the flowers of the Bigleaf Maple tree and you can enjoy them also when they are in full bloom - so, keep an eye out for these treats!

It is amazing: this year I find a lot of different Wild Edibles in the forest and on the meadows - it seems that the longer I forage the more variety I find. There is such an abundance out here - I wish that everyone could enjoy this bounty ... well, one day ...
And the more I eat of the wild greens, the closer I get to Mother Nature - I am living in Gratitude and Simplicity.

Do you know a dead Alder tree in your neighborhood that bears Oyster Mushrooms? if the answer is YES, then it is high time to check on them - this Monday I went to one of my spots and there was a nice big flush on the tree - I harvested only some of the mushrooms for the next couple meals and promised myself to come back again. ... so I went back on Wednesday evening and I almost didn't believe what I saw: the mushrooms were mostly dried out - no surprise, really you say, 'cause we had this really hot weather on Monday and Tuesday - okay, so I just harvested some almost dry ones and found some new growth on the north side of the tree - "lucky Me" ... at home I dried the mushrooms in the dehydrator and I'll use them later in the year, especially in the winter.
Did you know that you can increase the Vitamin D levels in the Oyster Mushrooms, actually any mushroom you consume? After you harvested them, place the mushrooms upside down = gills facing up into the sun for a good hour - and then you can prepare them for your meals or dry them. Mushrooms are a natural provider of Vitamin D. - so "let's go picking!"

Living close to nature and in nature brings a lot of healing into my life - thank you Carole, for letting me borrow one of your Anastastia books - the 'Rites of Love' - I remembered reading it almost 4 years ago. Reading it now makes me realize that the time for bringing all aspects of myself home is Now - now I am creating the space of love in what ever I am doing - more consciously with every day, sometimes every moment - wow - welcome to Life and Love !

and now back to another important plant in our life: the Horsetail (Equisetum arvensis). In my garden I have a lot of those growing - first came the shoots that are spreading the pollen. And now we can find the little infertile, green trees everywhere. As long as the Horsetail plant has its arms pointing up into the air, we can use them for healing and nutritional purposes - once the arms are bending down to the ground, the vitality of the plant is going back into the roots and shall not be harvested any more.
What benefits does the Horsetail have? when I first discovered Horsetail for myself, my kidneys were sending me signals to pay attention to them - and here was the Horsetail growing in my garden - turns out, that the Horsetail supports the functioning of the kidneys - so I started making Infusions with it and then vinegars.
Horsetail contains the following minerals: calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and silica - and more. Can you imagine how much it would cost to buy all those minerals lab made at the store? and horsetail just grows in your back yard for free!!! All the silica in the Horsetail will make your hair and nails healthy and fast growing too! When the plants let their arms hang down, the silica crystals have grown big and can irritate kidneys and bladder - so make sure you harvest the plant when it has its arms reaching into the air!
(if you ever dug out a horsetail plant you know how long the roots are and how deep they reach into the ground and you can even eat those roots)
I am aware that I am repeating myself, but it turns out that the plants that are growing in our neighborhood are mostly the ones that are having a message for us and can help us heal our bodies -

How to incorporate Horsetail into your daily nutrition? Horsetail vinegar is a great way - fill a quart jar with horsetail that you twist into smaller pieces, pour apple cider vinegar over it, screw a lid that can't rust on the jar and place it into a brown paper bag - now keep the vinegar with the herbs in a warm (not hot) place and shake once in a while. After six weeks you can either decant the vinegar or you keep the herbs in the vinegar while using it. The vinegar helps to extract the nutrients - so you really have a
nutritious herbal vinegar - and you made it yourself! You can also dry Horsetail and then add a pinch to every cup of tea you make.
For an infusion fill a jar with Horsetail twisted into smaller pieces, cover them with hot water, screw a lid on top to prevent nutrients from escaping with the steam, place in a brown paper bag and after 4 hours of steeping, the infusion is ready to be consumed - simply pour off the liquid and enjoy the benefits of a homemade elixir.

Did you know your teeth can re-mineralize and re-enamalize themselves? They are alive and can heal! Weston Price found in the 1930's how to reverse dental decay in children and adults. by mainly using nutrition. He concluded that our teeth require two things: fat soluble vitamins A and D, and minerals like calcium, phosphorus and silica. For the first we're lucky to have Dandelions and a lot of other 'weeds', Mushrooms, oily fish, butter fat and marrow filled soup bones, and for the second we have horsetail - can it get any better then this?
If you want to dive deeper into the world of healing your teeth via nutrition, I recommend the book "Cure tooth decay, heal and prevent cavities with nutrition", written by Ramiel Nagel.

And what about all those weeds that are growing on our farm? - I like to share a contemplation from herbalist Susun S. Weed : "Abundance of Weeds - There are an abundance of weeds in my garden. If I let them grow, my tomatoes would suffer. I must remove one abundance in order to cultivate another. Abundance requires attention. One abundance may prevent another abundance. I don't really weed my garden, though; I harvest the weeds for food and medicine. Using my weeds gives me abundance in abundant ways. I save about $500 a year by eating my weeds instead of buying greens and vegetables. I save more than $2000 a year by eating my weeds instead of buying vitamin and mineral supplements. And I can't even guess at how much I save by using weeds as my primary health care."

I have signed up for the 30 day sit spot challenge with the Kamana studies of the Wilderness Awareness School in Duvall, which started on May first. Sit spots are a great way to connect ourselves to nature and our natural surroundings. Amazing how all the senses are tuned up and are working so differently in nature and we become more quiet and peaceful as a result of it - in my workshops I am integrating sit spots as well as meditation and healing circles and sometimes games - its about time to integrate all the wisdom I gained over the decades on this planet to make every Wild Food Walk a Wholesome Experience =)

What workshops are being offered? "Wild Food Walk and Feast" - we are getting to know a whole bunch of wild edibles/medicinal plants and integrate the habit of looking really closely to make sure to identify them over and over again. We take our baskets along and pick the ingredient for our salad as well as vinegars and infusions. Some awareness exercises and meditations nudge as into close contact with nature and ourselves. Back at the house, we are having our feast.
The next workshop is on Saturday, May 19th from 10 AM until 4 PM.

On Saturday, May 26th starting at 6 PM, I am inviting you all to a Celebration of Life with food, fun and fire and on Sunday, May 27th, we are hiking to Fossil Rock - a very special place.
Feel free to contact me to arrange a private workshop here or at your place -

until our next meeting :
be well, wild and only the best !

from Christine and family at Biotopia - Farm & Forage

Feel free to forward this News Bleep to an interested friend or two ... help spread the word! Thank you !!!

"Love can only extend Love !"

"When you truly know the Love that you are,
there are no barriers to expressing it."


This spring has been pretty slow - but  finally the wild greens are taking of - our supply of wil food is having moe variety and it is a joy to walk throught the garden, fields and woods to forage for lunch and dinner.

I am thankful for all the people that are interested in learning to live off the earth and use her gifts respectfully and gratefully.

I can't imagine being without mother earth..

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