Experience Nature Through Food – Radio Interview

I was a guest on The Wellness Journey radio show on 06/24/14. Host Lynnis Woods-Mullins and I talked about Experiencing Nature through Food – Enhancing Our Health and Life! Here is the replay:

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To find out more about, and to purchase our ebook – EXPERIENCE NATURE THROUGH YOUR FOOD – click here.

Spring Garden Salad

Spring Garden Salad

Last week we were invited to a potluck celebration. We put together a salad with 25 ingredients that were local and organic. Most of them were growing in our community garden. The rest came from our local farmer’s market. The salad included:

Lettuce – 4 different varieties
Kale – 3 varieties
Swiss Chard
Collard Greens
Spinach
Mustard Greens
Tatsoi
Bok Choy
Beet Greens
Sweet Potato – Grated
Green Onion
Strawberries
English Peas
Snow Peas
Parsley
Rosemary
Oregano
Pansies
Nasturtiums
Violets
Mexican Sage

It was so much fun to do a walkabout of the garden and collect all the edibles that were ready for picking. We tossed it lightly with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The salad got rave reviews.

What is growing in your garden that you would add to this salad?

Experience Nature through your Food Ebook

Introducing a new ebook we think you’re REALLY going to like!

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This delightfully engaging ebook invites connection with nature and inspires transformation and adventures of the heart.

I co-authored and published this ebook with Angelyn Whitmeyer of IdentifyThatPlant. It’s been a very exciting project to work on, and besides the end result of a beautiful, inspiring book, we have also created New Earthlings Press.

With a beautiful ebook format,  we offer 42 guided experiences to help you become more aware and to take inspired personal action to re-forge your connection between nature and food.

Joyfully, we are donating 10% of the sales proceeds of this ebook to A Promise of Health, to support their pioneering homeopathic healthcare model, delivering sustainable and effective care to Mexico’s medically underserved indigenous people.

Will you help us make this a wildly successful venture?

Please visit New Earthlings Press for reviews and more info about the book and the press, and to purchase your copy of the ebook. Do you know someone who loves nature (and/or food) and might be interested in this ebook? Please share this blogpost with them, and also post on Facebook, Linked In, Pinterest and any other social media sites you participate in. Also, we welcome your ideas regarding who might enjoy and benefit from the book.

Thank you for your participation in this creative project!

Claire Mandeville

TAKE A LOOK NOW AT A SAMPLE PAGE FROM THE EBOOK!

 

Growing Herbs on the Windowsill

A year ago now, I was gifted with a small (3”) pot of garlic chives. I placed it on the kitchen windowsill, where it is still happily thriving. I water it daily, and cut the chives once a week to add to salads or stirfry. On the coldest, darkest winter days, it is a delight to watch a plant grow in our kitchen and enjoy its flavor and nourishment.

For more info on growing garlic chives, both indoors and out, here is a helpful Mother Earth News article.

Many herbs grow well indoors.  Here’s are article on the 10 Best Herbs for Indoors, and a link to Smart Techniques for Growing Herbs Indoors.

The Dinner Garden: End Hunger Through Gardening

Dinner Garden logo

I just discovered The Dinner Garden on You Tube! These folks are “working to end hunger in the United States through home and community gardening…. striving to create one garden for every six Americans.”

Here’s their mission statement: “The Dinner Garden provides seeds, gardening supplies, and gardening advice free of charge to all people in the United States of America. We assist those in need in establishing food security for their families. Our goal is for people to plant home, neighborhood, and container gardens so they can use the vegetables they grow for food and income.”

I am quite impressed with the wealth of practical information found on their You Tube Channel, with 24 educational videos (currently), including “How to Dehydrate Apples” and “Cantaloupe Basics.”

If you know someone who would benefit from this resource, please share the info with them!

 

Rosehips

RosehipsFall and the rosehips are ready for picking!

Rose hips are the edible and nutritious fruit of the rose plant.  Rose hips are rich in Vitamin C, A, D and E, iron and flavonoids. They also contains essential fatty acids which are involved in tissue regeneration and retinoic acid, supporting skin rejuvenation and healing of skin damage.  Rose hip tea can also soothe the nervous system and relieve exhaustion.

The vitamin content of the hips varies depending on the species, the growing environments, climate, manner of harvest, and the care taken in drying and storage. The hips of roses grown in cooler climates have been found to have a higher content of vitamin C.

The Practical Herbalist website gives some useful information on harvesting and storing rosehips.