Monday, February 22, 2010

Winona's story.

Wild rice was what brought Winona La Duke into activism, it all began when genetic patenting was created and a man wanted to patent a particular gene in wild rice for calorie reduction and she fought this very hard, later she went and fought coal mines and patenting of maize therefore going further into activism then one day her father said "you cant free sacred crops without ever growing maize." so she went back to her reservation (white earth) and started the land recovery project. I talked to her after her speech and she told me when she was running for vice president ten years ago her son who then was a baby kept on barfing on her shirt and having to nurse. It was fun at the Maple Lag resort (where the conference was held) I played with Winona's nephew, there was great food, it was a beautiful place and the people were wonderful two of them were Bill Gartner who is a funny scientist and Joy a beekeeper/wine maker.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

White earth land recovery project /native harvest indigenous farming conference.

Today I’m going to the white earth reservations indigenous farming conference in Callaway, Minnesota this is in the northwest section of the state.
White earth is an Ojibwa reservation.
I am going because I want to learn about indigenous agriculture because I am interested in rare seeds and ancient forms of agriculture and nutrition.
I will give a full report when I am back.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Mandrake,thistle and elderberry.

In mandrakes both the fruit and the roots were used as ingredients in "flying ointments," psychedelic preparations allegedly used by fifteenth-century witches to enable them to fly on their brooms in astral projection.
Mandrake is called mandrake because the root looks somewhat like a human. Also mandrakes were used as intense sedative so early physicians could amputate a limb.

Milk thistle seed extracts have been used for over 2000 years in treating liver diseases, and modern research has confirmed their value. Milk thistle is well known in Europe, but not to the same degree in North America.

Seed extracts have been used for treating Amanita mushroom poisoning, and many other liver problems.

Various parts of the plant have also been regarded as edible and eaten as a vegetable.

Elderberry is a killer of the flue virus, it is an immune system builder, and a syrup from the berries is good for your lungs thank you good bye.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Hello I have grave news for you Legs is dead. Legs is my profile picture, the funny long legged chicken, he's a dead modern game bantam, sometimes he'd attack someone and then ask for cuddles. but this is part of the process of life, he will become soil and plants will grow from that spot, worms are a big part in this process they,ll eat the dead body and then poop him out to make beautiful soil for plants to grow in.