What to Harvest: March

There are useful plants to be harvested year round, if you pay attention to the land, the weather, and generally what's happening outdoors around you. Here is the first installment of a series I'm going to try and maintain about what useful medicinal and edible plants are popping up throughout the year. Please note, this... Continue Reading →

267: Water

Sources: Parler, Mary Celestia – Folk Beliefs from Arkansas (FBA) Randolph, Vance – Ozark Magic and Folklore (OMF) Wilson, Charles Morrow – Backwoods America (BA) Under bed for night sweats – “For night sweats some hillfolk put a pan of water under the bed; I have known the wife of an M.D. to do this... Continue Reading →

Day 65: Lake Fayetteville Hike

Had a nice little hike around Lake Fayetteville today. 1 and 2 are Jewelweed, WalEú uniglEgistí “hummingbird, taking soup out of the flower” or Agi'ka'igá “fawn’s knees”. Fresh sap is great for bug bites, nettle stings, and poison ivy. 3 is False Solomon’s Seal, Maianthemum racemosum. The young shoots and leaves can be cooked and eaten be... Continue Reading →

Day 58: Devil’s Den

Hiked around Devil’s Den State Park with some friends. I have a lot of great memories of the place since when I was a kid we’d go camp there pretty much every weekend in the Fall. It’s changed a lot over the years, but is still a wonderful place to wander. Found some medicinals while... Continue Reading →

Day 49: Lightning Lore

Lightning strikes were a very real fear for Ozark hillfolk. One strike in the dry part of summer could easily burn down a cabin and set fire to large sections of forest. Ozark people developed certain folk beliefs surrounding lightning, whether it was to protect yourself or to use lightning to your advantage. Vance Randolph... Continue Reading →

Day 9: Ozark Medicinal Plant Hike

Today I led a medicinal plant hike with my good friend Eric at Lake Fort Smith State Park. Photo 2 is a May Apple or Arkansas Mandrake. All parts are poisonous except for the ripe yellow fruit. I’ve also heard it called “loosening root” because the root is a powerful emetic and purgative. Even the smallest... Continue Reading →

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