Homebrewing and craft-beers are all the rage across the country. Paired with the popularity of “locally-grown food”, it’s no surprise that many people are interested in growing their own hops. The really big commercial hop yards are located in the Pacific Northwest, but contrary to what some of the “experts” will tell you, you can [...]
John Porter, West Virginia University Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent For most gardeners in the Mid-Atlantic area, fall is a great time to plant the garden all over again. By reusing the space vacated by spring and summer crops, gardeners can make the most of their gardening space and have delicious crops all fall and [...]
If you have a shady area in your yard, you can easily grow your own forest medicinal herbs. Even if you have no plans to make medicine, most forest herbs are beautiful plants that are a joy to grow. And by so doing, you are helping to conserve these valuable plants. One of the easiest woodland [...]
In our newest book, “What’s Wrong With My Vegetable Garden?”, we encourage you to work with your wild partners as a sound organic gardening practice to make your garden work for you. Wild creatures that help you in the garden are everywhere. Birds, butterflies, bees, and hover flies all provide pollination services. Birds, wasps, beetles, [...]
Gears in Motion, Benefits of Local Ecological Knowledge in Regards to Plant Use.
by Susan Leopold, PhD, Executive Director of United Plant Savers.
It’s now been two winters since I traveled up to Keene, NH, to defend my dissertation on the “Loss of Ethnobotanical Knowledge in the Bull Run Mountains of Virginia”. The night before I had spent the evening with Rosemary Gladstar snowed in at Sage Mountain. We had a deep discussion not about the loss of [...]
I am excited to be returning to the Heritage Harvest Festival. Fall at Monticello is so refreshing after a hot summer. I own a small cut-flower farm in Newport News, Virginia and summers are our time to shine. So I am very ready for a crisp fall morning by September! Sharing the best-kept secret in [...]
I’m very excited about the chance to join you all for this year’s Heritage Harvest Festival. Bees play a big role in bringing some of my favorite foods to the harvest (apples, blueberries, raspberries, serviceberries, squash, tomatoes…) and I know folks really want to help support bee health as much as possible. I’ll be talking about [...]