Weed ’em and reap. ~Author unknown

What is a weed?  I have heard it said that there are sixty definitions.  For me, a weed is a plant out of place.  ~Donald Culross Peattie

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I learn more about God
From weeds than from roses;
Resilience springing
Through the smallest chink of hope
In the absolute of concrete….
~Phillip Pulfrey, “Weeds,”

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But a weed is simply a plant that wants to grow where people want something else.  In blaming nature, people mistake the culprit.  Weeds are people’s idea, not nature’s.  ~Author Unknown

M.O.A.B – Mother of all buds ®

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Water Melon Seeds:

Most slave were doctors, they knew the benefits of the Watermelons, known affectionately as “August hams,”

 


A weed is but an unloved flower.  ~Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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Crabgrass Was King | Eat The Weeds and other things, too

While we try to get rid of crabgrass in America in parts of Africa crabgrass (fonio) is a staple grain, and as forage it can produce a whopping 17 tons per acre.

Crabgrass can grow on bowling balls in airless rooms, and there is no known way to kill it that does not involve nuclear weapons.  ~Dave Barrycrabgrass1


We can in fact only define a weed, mutatis mutandis, in terms of the well-known definition of dirt – as matter out of place.  What we call a weed is in fact merely a plant growing where we do not want it.  ~E.J. Salisbury, The Living Garden, 1935

Soil Vs. Dirt: What is the difference?

Babies Know: A Little Dirt Is Good for You

Training the Immune System

“What a child is doing when he puts things in his mouth is allowing his immune response to explore his environment,” Mary Ruebush, a microbiology and immunology instructor, wrote in her new book, “Why Dirt Is Good” (Kaplan). “Not only does this allow for ‘practice’ of immune responses, which will be necessary for protection, but it also plays a critical role in teaching the immature immune response what is best ignored.”

Soil contains microorganisms, decaying organic matter, earthworms and other insects.  Soil is a living environment.  The earthworms and insects aerate the soil and add to the organic matter of the soil through their waste and when their bodies decay.

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Dirt is basically dead soil.  It does not contain any of the above.  You can add organic matter (compost) to dirt to revitalize it.  The organic matter will provide food for beneficial microorganisms so that the ecological system can start to regenerate.

“If a healthy soil is full of death, it is also full of life:  worms, fungi, microorganisms of all kinds …  Given only the health of the soil, nothing that dies is dead for very long.”
–  Wendell Berry,  The Unsettling of America, 1977

 

“The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.”
–  James Oppenheim

 

“If I wanted to have a happy garden, I must ally myself with my soil; study and help it to the utmost, untiringly. Always, the soil must come first.”
–  Marion Cran, If I Where Beginning Again

100 Things You Can Compost

The following list is meant to get you thinking about your compost possibilities. Imagine how much trash we could prevent from going into the landfills if each of us just decided to compost a few more things!

From the Kitchen

  1. Fruit and vegetable scraps
  2. Egg shells (crushed)
  3. Coffee grounds
  4. Coffee filters
  5. Tea bags (Make sure they are made of natural materials like hemp or cotton, and not rayon or other synthetics. If in doubt, just open it and compost the tea leaves alone.)

 

  • Decayed leaves create what is called leaf mulch. The structure we used to know as a leaf breaks down into a loose lace-like texture that eventually decomposes quickly into the soil. Leaf mulch in bare soil will be pulled down into the soil by earthworms: it is their favorite food!

 

Excerpt From: The Healing Grace of California Poppy

Below is my final assignment for Angie Goodloe’s Herbalist 101 course.  Be warned, it’s lengthy!  But there’s a surprise at the end.  If you have any interest in herbalism, I highly recommend Angie’s course.  It’s full of information, provides plenty of opportunity for you to get intimate with herbs and make those medicines.  And  Angie provides plenty of feedback and encouragement in her responses to the assignments. Fun stuff!

Also, Angie is currently offering the course at an absurdly low price ($35!).  I assure you, the course is worth far, far more than that!
California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)
Alternate names: Copa de ora, Dormidera (the Drowsy One, since this ‘sun-worshipping flower’ closes its blooms at night)
Family: Papaveraceae
Patterns of the Poppy family are showy flowers with 2-3 sepals that shed early, petals in multiples of four, lots of stamens.  They often have milky sap in their stems.  Many plants in this family contain narcotic alkaloids.  Narcotics depress the central nervous system, sedating and offering relief from the feeling of pain (analgesic). [I’m noting Family characteristics in anticipation of work I’m doing with the Kamana Naturalist Training Program.  Currently in that program I’m journaling Plants, which will soon include detailing all the native plant families of my area.]
With that “Family background” in mind, let’s explore this beautiful herb …
The state flower of California, California Poppy is aptly chosen for this honor.    For countless generations the native peoples of California carefully cultivated this plant–as they did with many others–for food and medicine in monocropped expanses on hillside and in valleys.  European settlers thought they had arrived in untouched wilderness.  Not so.  The native peoples practiced sustainable harvesting and sowing that involved controlled burns as part of their land management.
It is said that north of Pasadena early Spanish sailors guided by a golden hillside in spring — a hillside shining with the bright orange-gold of the California Poppy.  It is also said that this was one reason they dubbed this coast “the Land of Fire” (the other reason being that there were indeed fires a-plenty due to lightning strikes as well as due to the dry, arid summers).
The Yuki tribe used it for toothaches, it was food for the Sierra Miwoks, the Ohlone used it for sleep, the Wintu used it to heal newborn baby belly buttons
The Nisenan ate the leaves either boiled or roasted with hot stones and then laid in water.  The Pomo mashed the seedpod or a decoction of it on a nursing mother’s breast to dry up her milk.  And the plant was given to babies as a sedative and placed under the bed for better sleep.  Other tribes rubbed a decoction of the flowers into the hair to kill lice.  The root juice was taken to relieve stomachaches and tuberculosis, and as a wash for weeping sores.

The plant itself: is a perennial or annual (further north) to 2 ft. tall with mostly basal with bluish-green lacelike leaves.  When I lived in the Pacific Northwest, the plant was an annual.  Here in my backyard in the San Francisco Bay Area, the plant is definitely a perennial.  The plant in these photographs is one that has been thriving since our arrival here last June.
The flowers sit atop a flattened rim on long stalks.  The flowers are of four shiny petals bright orange to yellow in color, sepals fused into cap, and falling off when it flowers.  Many stamens.  The fruit is long and slender, containing many black seeds.   It’s so satisfying to collect the seeds!   Just pluck off the dried pods and pop them into an envelope.  The plant flowers from February through November.
The plant is found in grasslands, hillsides, and open areas, in well-drained and poor soil, from Southern California up through Washington.
In terms of modern-day herbalism California Poppy has these characteristics.
Taste: Bitter
Energy: Cool
Organs affected: Liver, Heart
Actions (according to Lesley Tierra): calm the Spirit (I most definitely agree!)
Properties: Sedative, analgesic, anti-diarrheal, antitussove. diaphoretic, antispasmodic
Indications: anxiety, nervous tension, agitation, neuralgia, pain relief (including acute), nervousness, sciatica, herbes, shingles, heart palpitations, insomnia
Dose: rounded teaspoon of chopped plant as tea, drink 1-3 times daily; fresh plant tincture: 20-60 drops 1-4 times daily.  For sleep problems, take 20-40 drops one hour before sleep, then again right before bedtime.  For bedwetting in children over 5 years old, use with horsetail, 10 drops of each twice/day.
A mild sedative and analgesic, this plant is suitable even for children, though may cause a mild ‘hangover’ headache the next morning if used in excessive quantities.   Lesley Tierra writes: “California poppy wonderfully sedates, calms and relaxes the nervous system, treating symptoms of anxiety, nervous tension and agitation.  As well, it repairs nerves and alleviates nerve pain, especially from sciatica, herpes and shingles.  It is also used for heart palpitations and insomnia due to nervousness.
Contraindications: large amounts used sometimes cause nausia. Better not to use it during pregnancy.
Collecting: Gather the whole above ground plant and dry it.  Or tincture the whole fresh plant.  When I tinctured California Poppy in the past, I used the whole plant, including
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Coca leaf is  rich in beneficial antioxidants, including ones that help to protect the integrity of blood vessels.coca leaf, which is used as a flavoring ingredient in Coca-Cola.

Nutrition Benefits of the Coca Leaf

The coca leaf has been found to be a valuable dietary supplement. Several studies analyzed the nutrition characteristics of the coca leaf. Two notable ones include, a 2009 study published in the Food & Nutrition Bulletin (Can coca leaves contribute to improving the nutritional status of the Andean population?, Penny, Zavaleta, et al.) and a1975 Harvard study (Nutritional Value of Coca Leaf, Duke, Aulick, Plowman). They found that per 100g the leaves contained:

  • Carbohydrates (44.3 g)
  • Protein (19.9 g)
  • Fat (3.3 g)
  • Fiber (14.2 g)
  • Vitamin A (10,000 – 14,000 IU)
  • Vitamin B1 (0.58 – 0.68 mg)
  • Vitamin B2 (1.73 mg)
  • Vitamin B6 (0.58 mg)
  • Vitamin C (1.4 – 53 mg)
  • Vitamin D (trace amounts)
  • Vitamin E (16.72 mg)
  • Calcium (990.18 – 1749 mg)
  • Copper (1.1 mg)
  • Iron (26.8 – 45.8 mg)
  • Magnesium (197 – 225 mg)
  • Phosphorus (637 mg)
  • Zinc (2.63 – 3.8 mg)
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the Incas domesticated this plant, tells the story of the Inca army made an extract of the leaf and chewing (to a bolus of leaves in the buccal mucosa) and extracted the juice from the leaf to mitigate the cold, hunger and fatigue, so the coca leaf was a vital element in the survival Inca
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Watermelon seeds help in improving male fertility.

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Watermelon seeds,

are good sources of magnesium vital for normal heart functioning, maintenance of normal blood pressure, supporting metabolic process and protein synthesis. It is also beneficial in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases and hypertension besides controlling blood pressure and diabetes.Roasted watermelon seeds are served as a snack or used to garnish salads. In Nigeria they are used in certain soups. Watermelon seed oil is extracted from these seeds which is beneficial for your hair and skin. To say the least, watermelon seeds are edible and can be a healthy option.

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are a rich source of nutrients and minerals and therefore, should not be discarded. These seeds have a hard outer covering so they should be chewed before swallowing to get their nutritional content. Some of the health benefits of watermelon seeds are given below. http

Watermelon seed tea is considered to be a natural diuretic helpful for kidney cleansing.

Watermelon

Food historians believe that African slaves helped introduce the watermelon, now the most consumed melon in the US. The fruit eventually became a major symbol in the iconography of racism in the United States through the “watermelon stereotype”. In various images, the fruit was used to paint African Americans as a simple-minded people who were happy when provided watermelon and a little rest.

Watermelon seeds can be baked with salt for a protein-rich and tasty snack, which has a similar flavor and consistency to pumpkin seeds, or prepared in a tea to maximize its diuretic effects.

How To Make Watermelon Seed Tea

Ingredients

  • 30-40 watermelon seeds, fresh or dried
  • water

Instructions

  1. Crush 4 tablespoons of fresh watermelon seeds using a mortar and pestle, or grind them up in a food processor.
  2. Cook for 10 minutes in two litres of water over high heat.
  3. Drink the entire two litres of tea over a period of two days for full effect.

This tea is especially good for those with digestive issues, or those who are prone to urinary tract infections. So instead of opting for seedless watermelons – which are less flavourful than watermelons with seeds and are part of a relatively new strain of watermelon mass-produced for consumers – or spitting out the seeds and throwing them away, the next time you eat watermelon, consider saving the seeds to roast or brew in a tea. Your body will ultimately thank you for providing it with such a nutritious snack or beverage.Watermelon-eathealthylivefit_com

Watermelon, raw
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 127 kJ (30 kcal)

7.55 g

Sugars 6.2 g
Dietary fiber 0.4 g

Fat

0.15 g

0.61 g

Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.

(4%)

28 μg

(3%)

303 μg

Thiamine (B1)

(3%)

0.033 mg

Riboflavin (B2)

(2%)

0.021 mg

Niacin (B3)

(1%)

0.178 mg

(4%)

0.221 mg

Vitamin B6

(3%)

0.045 mg

Choline

(1%)

4.1 mg

Vitamin C

(10%)

8.1 mg

Trace metals
Calcium

(1%)

7 mg

Iron

(2%)

0.24 mg

Magnesium

(3%)

10 mg

Manganese

(2%)

0.038 mg

Phosphorus

(2%)

11 mg

Potassium

(2%)

112 mg

Sodium

(0%)

1 mg

Zinc

(1%)

0.1 mg

Other constituents
Water 91.45 g
Lycopene 4532 µg Watermelon seeds contain lycopene which is good for your face and also helps in improving male fertility.

 

ESSENTIAL OILS Calendula officinalis (Pot Marigold)

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Survive the Donald Trump Revolution earning $15 per Hour

Cone Flower Echinacea Tincture Recipe

Tincture: A preparation made by soaking an herb in alcohol until the alcohol absorbs the beneficial ingredients of the plant. This process is known as maceration.Tinctures made from at least 25% alcohol ( 80 proof vodka is 40% ) can be stored indefinitely, tinctures you do not use can be passed on to your children and grandchildren.

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TeleCare Respect. Recovery. Results.

Telecare helps people with serious mental illness and
complex needs to reclaim their health, hopes,
and dreams.

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Home school club projects for kids resulting in improved academics,environmental stewardship,healthier, more secure and engaged communities.

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Section 62.169 (b) of the Los Angeles Municipal Code

Occupants Residential Parkway Landscaping

Native Plant Program (RPLNPP) in the city of Los Angeles

Considering that a curbside is an underutilized strip of land between the sidewalk and the street, the regulations were a point of contention in lower-income neighborhoods, which often lack green space and access to fresh, healthy foods.

However, urban farmers have reason to cheer. The L.A. City Council has voted to allow Angelenos to plant fruits and vegetables in their parkways – that strip of city-owned land between the sidewalk and the street – without a permit. Fruit trees, however, will still require a permit.

LA City Council approves curbside planting of fruits and vegetables L.A. New City Ordinance: 183474, Sec .62.169. (b): In accordance with Section 62.169 (b) of the Los Angeles Municipal Code, “No permit is required by the owner of property fronting the parkway portion of the street in an area zoned for residential use in order for the owner to remove existing shrubs and plants and replace the shrubs and plants with landscaping, including edible plant materials…”

owners or occupants of residentially zoned properties may install shrub and ground cover plant materials within parkways fronting their properties without the need to obtain a permit, while still being held responsible for maintenance.

Science Projects for Beginners

 

Children need designated parents for times of parental Incapacitation; protect your children and teach them to vote or to die trying

If you,the parent cant be there,

make sure your designee can speak for your minor child until you return or have a change of heart or mind. Parents make the choice. Listen to your kids.

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Study: Nearly 1 in 3 will be arrested by age 23 via @USATODAY

Parental consent/permission letter

  • Who

  • What

  • Where

  • When

  • Why

  • Contact information for the absent parent(s).

Having the letter notarized is not necessary but highly recommended.

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http://www.scscourt.org/forms_and_filing/forms/Sample_Guardianship_Authorization.pdf

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Faith in community” schools/clubs faith in self

A loaner computer and subsidized Internet access where needed*

Father, show my children the gifts and talents you have given them. Let them learn to use them for YOUR glory
1 Peter 4:10

30 things being 3D printed right now (and none of them are guns …

A prosthetic arm made for a 16 year-old bomb victim in Sudan.

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Each one teach one Cooperative Groups

Community Ready Supplemental Lesson Plans

Share Your Feelings, Use Your Words –  https://youtu.be/GtrSn8WwCa4 via @YouTube

Building Problem Solving skills https://youtu.be/RQypxz3Q0SM via @YouTube

Finding Solutions at home  and beyond https://youtu.be/z8MC7uOakDY via @YouTube

Respect is:

Saying and doing nice things.

No Name Calling; No Hitting; fighting over girlfriends or boyfriends

Vote or die trying; Make voting a family day a family tradition;

Have good credit standing

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and No Name Calling at all:

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Even the green spaces, gardens and lawns we create are too often populated entirely with plants that are not native to the area and require great effort, dangerous pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and lots of water to maintain. If one person, who was going to “clean up” a wooded area, stream bank or fence row or convert a meadow into a lawn, recognizes some wild flower there due to this site and decides to leave it alone then this effort will have been worthwhile. Memphis Botanic Garden. You can contact them at: The Wildflower Society, c/o Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Road, Memphis, TN 38117 – Phone 901-685-1566

“If you have remarked errors in me, your superior wisdom must pardon them. Who errs not while perambulating the domain of nature? Who can observe everything with accuracy? Correct me as a friend, and I as a friend will requite with kindness.”
Linnaeus –Wildflowers of the Southeastern United States

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Building a 26 Foot Diameter 6V Geodesic Dahlia Dome

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BEADS & JEWELRY (Michaels)

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Conflict Resolution Starts Here

how teachers can promote kindness in the classroom, not competition.

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Kid’s Size Table and Chairs – Part 3 of 3 – DYI table and chairs via @YouTube

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Meeting Basic Needs Freedom;Fun;Power;Love and belonging:8 things to do with bored kids

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 Building Cooperative Groups

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noun [ mass noun ]
skill in a particular craft: pieces of jewellery which testify to the high artisanship of these ancient people | a heritage of exquisite artisanship.

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Baby Algebra For Baby and You

Now Algebra is for Everyone

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Paint and algebra

There are many different types of paint that you can make at home from thinner watercolor-like paints to thick-textured puffy paints. All that you need is in your cupboard and fridge. Ingredients like milk, flour, salt, water and some food coloring will have you painting.homemade_paint.jpg.0x545_q70_crop-scale

How to Make Your Own Paint

Check out this recipe for condensed milk tempera paint and this one for flour and salt puffy paint to get you started. 8 art supplies you can make at home: 

The Secrets Of Homemade Paint       

Make Safe, Natural Paint – DIY – MOTHER EARTH NEWS  http://www.motherearthnews.com/diy/natural-paint-zmaz06onzraw.aspx

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clay Follow this recipe for making it yourself.

Play dough Here’s a basic foolproof recipe

Sidewalk chalk Check out this recipe to assemble the ingredients and start making chalk.

Stamps Here’s a great step-by-step guide to making cork stamps.

Recycled crayons You can follow these instructions to make some of your own.

Paper beads step-by-step directions to become a bead-making expert,

recipe for regular school-type glue and add glitter to the recipe.

papier-mâché paste by just mixing flour and water like is shown here.

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Edible Marshmallow Play Dough
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‘No Bugs, More Food?’ Parent Finds GMO Propaganda In Common Core Science Book

We are in a food emergency. Speculation and diversion of food to biofuel has contributed to an uncontrolled price rise, adding more to the billion already denied their right to food. Industrial agriculture is pushing species to extinction through the use of toxic chemicals that kill our bees and butterflies, our earthworms and soil organisms that create soil fertility. Plant and animal varieties are disappearing as monocultures displace biodiversity. Industrial, globalized agriculture is responsible for 40 percent of greenhouse gases, which then destabilize agriculture by causing climate chaos, creating new threats to food security.

But the biggest threat we face is the control of seed and food moving out of the hands of farmers and communities and into a few corporate hands. Monopoly control of cottonseed and the introduction of genetically engineered Bt cotton has already given rise to an epidemic of farmers’ suicides in India. A quarter-million farmers have taken their lives because of debt induced by the high costs of nonrenewable seed, which spins billions of dollars of royalty for firms like Monsanto.

Resisting the Corporate Theft of Seeds

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 Earthcare Seeds Butterfly Garden Flower Seeds 1000 Seeds

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Easy Whole Wheat Bread – Ready in 90 Minutes

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Fireweed Tea
Gather leaves for tea before the plants flower,
while leaves are young and tender. Place a generous handful of leaves in a warmed teapot and pour boiling water over them, filling the teapot. Steep for 5 to 10 minutes. The resulting tea is a light green color with a sweet taste. Fireweed tea does not require sugar or milk to improve its flavor. Fireweed tea blends well with other wild teas.
Fireweed-Tea

Fireweed Honey

6 cups sugar
3 cups boiling water
30 white clover blossoms
18 red clover blossoms
18 fireweed blossoms
Sterilize canning jars and prepare lids. Boil together
sugar and water for 10 minutes; maintain steady
boil on low heat without stirring. Remove from

heat. Add blossoms and let steep for 15 minutes.

Note: Sugar syrup can be tricky. If it crystallizes before canning, return it to the pan, add 2 tablespoons water per cup of honey and heat until crystals dissolve. Then process as above
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NATIVE PLANTS

  • Cast seeds of native species to the earth and to the winds once in a while – as a way of giving something back. Consider adopting a little patch that you are particularly fond of.
  • When you are out and about, never leave any litter behind.

    1401361390_strips-of-colored-wood_ipadStratification (botany)

     In the wild, seed dormancy is usually overcome by the seed spending time in the ground through a winter period and having its hard seed coat softened up by frost and weathering action. By doing so the seed is undergoing a natural form of “stratification” or pretreatment. This cold moist period triggers the seed’s embryo, its growth and subsequent expansion eventually break through the softened seed coat in its search for sun and nutrients.

    Ecology and habitat

    Much of the collective wisdom about  healing plants was lost with the devastation of the native tribes.

    Seeds are the beginnings of a new plant, with the sole purpose of reproducing.They lie dormant until they receive the things they need to grow, such as adequate soil, water and sunlight. This process is called germination. All seeds are different and require different conditions to germinate and grow properly. Despite being different, most seeds have three main parts in common; the seed coat, endosperm and embryo.

    Native plants provide suitable habitat for native species of butterflies, birds, pollinators, and other wildlife. They provide more variety in gardens by offering myriad alternatives to the often planted introduced species, cultivars, and invasive species. The indigenous plants have co-evolved with animals, fungi and microbes, to form a complex network of relationships. They are the foundation of their native habitats and ecosystems, or natural communities.[3]

    Such gardens often benefit from the plants being evolved and habituated to the local climate, pests and herbivores, and soil conditions, and so may require fewer to no soil amendments, irrigation, pesticides, and herbicides for a beautiful, lower maintenance, and more sustainable landscape.1401361390_strips-of-colored-wood_ipad

Native America’s Pharmacy on the Prairie

For thousands of years, the native people of North America sustained life and health with plants found all around them. Getting to know this ecosystem is the first step in preserving plants that can offer beautiful benefits to our health.

For countless generations, Native Americans have used the plants around them for food and medicine. It has been reported that the various tribes on this continent used more than 1,000 species of plants for food alone. With good reason: The native plants are nutritious, rich in vitamins and minerals, and many are excellent sources of protein.

Native people weren’t just sitting around their lodges, holding their sick stomachs, nursing terrible headaches and waiting for a drug store to finally open in their neighborhoods. They needed look no farther than the surrounding prairie and woodlands for help in healing the pain, wounds and infections that are an inevitable part of being human.

Home School Club Native Plant Program Seed projects for kids
the Native American has thousands, and the white man but some hundreds, of years of practical experience with those plants that are indigenous to this continent is a fact that must be considered of some importance. As Virgil J, Vogel puts it in American Indian Medicine: “The mere fact that a plant is not listed in the Dispensatory, or the Pharmacopeia, or the Formulary, does not necessarily signify that the plant is without medical value.

The California Native Plant Society promotes the inclusion of native plants in every school garden. Native plants help students learn the vital connection between plants and higher forms of life. Plants are at the bottom of the food chain, and native plants are a primary component of healthy ecosystems. Just as edible plants are important for human health and survival, native plants are equally necessary to other forms of life. Native plants help pollinator populations survive and thrive, which in turn help pollinate edible crops.

Some ideas for incorporating native plants in school gardens:

  • Pollinator Garden
  • Butterfly Garden
  • Bird-friendly Garden
  • Hummingbird Garden
  • Ethnobotanical Garden
  • Habitat Garden

California Native Medicinal Plants

Home school clubs wood projects for kids

How to Build a Workbench – DIY – MOTHER EARTH NEWS http://www.motherearthnews.com/diy/tools/how-to-build-a-workbench-zm0z13fmzmar.aspx

Woodworking Tool Kit for Kids A Child’s Tool Set With Real Tools

Price : $99.99

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Woodworking Tool Kit via @YouTube

Hemp fiber board

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Brother XL2600I Sew Advance Sew

Affordable 25-Stitch Free-Arm Sewing Machine

Michley Lil’ Sew and Sew 100-Piece Sewing Kit

Pure hemp has a texture similar to linen

Nuhni benefits

» Nuhni blankets are all made from 100 percent Global Organic Textile Standard fabrics. This means the fabrics are produced using healthy non-GMO seeds and nontoxic chemicals.

» All Nuhni blankets come in eco-friendly, sustainable packaging.

» Hemp fur naturally kills and reduces the spread of bacteria such as staph and pneumonia.

» Hemp fur also is resistant to fire, mold, mildew and UV light.

Pricing

» Roo- 25×35 inch blanket with microchip: $75

» Cub- 17×17 inch blanket with microchip: $45

» Kit- 25×35 inch blanket (no microchip): $67

» Pika- 17×17 inch blanket (no microchip): $37

» 3 hemp fur washcloths: $21

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Black Boys can create it; measure it and sew it;market it, and sell it!

Hype Blue Cosmic Cut & Sew T-Shirt Junior – Blue/Black/White – Kids

Teaching Kids to Sew Tailor – Tips & Ideas via @YouTube

Black Boys can create it; measure it and sew it;market it, and sell it!

42 Craft Project Ideas That are Easy to Make and Sell – Big DIY IDeas

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Weaving Native Plant fiber cordage

Stalk

Hemp

Hemp and bead Jewelry.

Willow Basketry  via @YouTube

Fibers From a Wild Landscape via @YouTube

Mixing #hempcrete in a drum mixer via @YouTube

DIY How to Make Papercrete in a Tow-Mixer  via @YouTube

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Fireweed: fireweed represents the promise that beauty will return after bodily sickness or environmental destruction.  When woodlands are damaged from fire, or clear-cutting, it is fireweed that brings the first promise of recovery.  It reminds us that nature has her healing cycle too, one initiated by this lush, fiery medicine springing up in abundance.

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Identifying fireweed The most distinctive thing about fireweed is its gorgeous pink to purple colored flowers, which grow in a spike shape in sunny pockets all over the Northwest.  Flowers have four petals, and resemble the flowers of other evening primrose plant relatives.  They will occasionally create secondary branches of flowers – especially when grazed by deer or other foragers.

Making Tea – Use one small handful of leaves per cup of boiled water and steep about 15 minutes.  Drink up to three cups a day.  The tea has a pleasant mild taste and can be mixed with other herbs for flavor.

-ConstituentsA peculiar volatile oil – oil of Erechtites – transparent and yellow, obtained by distilling the plant with water, taste bitter and burning, odour foetid, slightly aromatic, somewhat resembling oil of Erigeron, but not soluble as that is in an equal volume of alcohol. The specific gravity of the oil is variously given as 0.927 and 0.838-0.855, and its rotation 1 to 2. According to Bielstein and Wiegand, it consists almost wholly of terpenes boiling between 175 and 310 degrees F.

Medicinal Action and UsesAstringent, alterative, tonic, cathartic, emetic. Much used among the aborigines of North America in various forms of eczema, muco-sanguineous diarrhoea, and haemorrhages, also for relaxed throat and sore throat, and in the United States Eclectic Dispensatory in the form of oil and as an infusion, both herb and oil being beneficial for piles and dysentery. For its anti-spasmodic properties, it has been found useful for colic, spasms and hiccough. Applied externally, it gives great relief in the pains of gout, rheumatism and sciatica.

Dosage(Internally) 5 to 10 drops on sugar, in capsules or in emulsion.

The homoeopathic tincture is made from the whole fresh flowering plant. It is chopped, pounded to a pulp and weighed. Then two parts by weight of alcohol are taken, the pulp mixed thoroughly with one-sixth part of it and the rest of the alcohol added. After having stirred the whole, it is poured into a well-stoppered bottle and allowed to stand for eight days in a dark, cool place.

The resulting tincture has a clear, beautiful, reddish-orange colour by transmitted light; a sourish odour, resembling that of claret, a taste at first sourish, then astringent and bitter, and an acid reaction.

Uses

The young shoots were often collected in the spring by Native American people and mixed with other greens. As the plant matures the leaves become tough and somewhat bitter. The southeast Native Americans use the stems in this stage. They are peeled and eaten raw. When properly prepared soon after picking they are a good source of vitamin C and pro-vitamin A. The Dena’ina add fireweed to their dogs’ food. Fireweed is also a medicine of the Upper Inlet Dena’ina, who treat pus-filled boils or cuts by placing a piece of the raw stem on the afflicted area. This is said to draw the pus out of the cut or boil and prevents a cut with pus in it from healing over too quickly.

The capsule breaks open lengthwise to release seeds, each with a hairy plume.

The root can be roasted after scraping off the outside, but often tastes bitter. To mitigate this, the root is collected before the plant flowers and the brown thread in the middle removed.

In Alaska, candies, syrups, jellies, and even ice cream are made from fireweed. Monofloral honey made primarily from fireweed nectar has a distinctive, spiced flavor.

In Russia, its leaves were traditionally used as a tea, before the introduction of tea from China starting in the 17th Century, it was greatly valued and was exported in large quantites to Western Europe as Koporye Tea (Копорский чай), Russian Tea or Ivan Chai.[8] Fireweed leaves can undergo fermentation, much like real tea. Today, koporye tea or Ivan Chai is still commonly sold and consumed in Russia, though it is not nearly as popular as it was in Pre-Soviet Russia.

Fireweed’s natural variation in ploidy has prompted its use in scientific studies of polyploidy’s possible effects on adaptive potential[9] and species diversification.[10]

Habitat restoration

Because fireweed can colonize disturbed sites, even following an old oil spill, it is often used to reestablish vegetation. It grows in (and is native to) a variety of temperate to arctic ecosystems.

Nono-GMO Medicinal Plants ~ Food for Thought

dandelion] [dock] [fiddlehead] [fireweed] [foxtail barley] [goldenrod] [grains] [hemp nettle]

Sweet Flag (Calamus) ~ Acorus calamus

The Cree of northern Alberta use it for a number of medicinal reasons including as an analgesic for the relief of toothache or headache, for oral hygiene to cleanse and disinfect the teeth, and to relieve the effects of exhaustion or fatigue.

  Yarrow ~ Achilllea millefolium

Yarrow’s medicinal use is ancient.

The pioneers considered yarrow-tea a good remedy for “malaria”, a designation freely used in those times to describe various fevers, and when taken very hot it is a good treatment for this affliction. Potter deemed it a diaphoretic stimulant tonic used in infusion to treat colds and commencement of fever. It contains potassium and is deemed a sedative.

Nettle is a most useful and beneficial plant. Flagellation with nettles was a method of treatment formerly employed in paralysis and to produce local irritation, which must have been very effective. Cree Indians used the plant as a treatment for rheumatism by walking bare-legged ~ bared as much as the individual dared ~ through the living plants and by rubbing them on affected parts of the body, with the caution not to scratch but to let the sting wear off naturally. Strangely, the juice from its leaves will heal the nettle‘s sting.

Medicinally, in herbal practice, nettle tea was used in the treatment of neuralgia and asthma, to expel worms, and as a blood purifier ~ as John Gay said in 1732, “Elder’s early bud with nettle’s tender shoots, [will] cleanse the blood.” Inhaling the smoke from the dried leaves was also said to relieve asthma and bronchitis.

 Saskatoon ~ Amelanchier florida (alnifolia)

Misaskwatomin

The shrub was widely used. The strong, pliable wood was much sought for arrow-making, and the beautiful white flowers, among the first of spring, were seen as a symbol of that season and of the rejuvenating earth, and were used in religious ceremonies.


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Alder ~ Alnus tenuifolia
The alders are closely related to the birches.

‘Because of its hardness, some Interior aboriginal people used mountain alder wood for making bows and snowshoes. Because it doesn’t flavour the food, they also used it for smoking and drying salmon and meat. Like red alder, it was a source of dye and a substance for tanning hides. The Carrier made fish nets out of mountain alder and dyed them black by boiling them in their own juice. Fish cannot see the black nets.

Pearly Everlasting ~ Anaphalis margaritacea
The everlastings, as the name suggests, will remain fresh-looking for months when used in floral wreaths. The pearly everlasting may be the most beautiful.
It often shares habitat with yarrow and somewhat resembles it with its broad clusters of small pearly-white flowers topping a long stem on which run lance-shaped leaves.
According to Vogel, the Flambeau tribe spread pulverized flowers of pearly everlasting over live coals to aid a patient stricken by paralysis.
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Use these lesson plans and resources during No Name Calling Week. … educators can teach their students how to not to be a bully and how to speak up …. So the principal ordered graduation robes early and took pictures of the kids in the …

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Dept of Justice Soldiers/Prisoners as “human guinea pigs.”

After the eugenics movement was well established

in the United States, it spread to Germany.

The Rockefeller Foundation helped develop and fund various German eugenics programs,[73] including the one that Josef Mengele worked in before he went to Auschwitz.[6][74]

Upon returning from Germany in 1934, where more than 5,000 people per month were being forcibly sterilized, the California eugenics leader C. M. Goethe bragged to a colleague:

“You will be interested to know that your work has played a powerful part in shaping the opinions of the group of intellectuals who are behind Hitler in this epoch-making program. Everywhere I sensed that their opinions have been tremendously stimulated by American thought . . . I want you, my dear friend, to carry this thought with you for the rest of your life, that you have really jolted into action a great government of 60 million people.”[75]

“In plainer English, the dosage was increased until it made the prisoner so ill or caused serious damage.” The patient testified that he had been seized by trustees and held while he was forcibly injected in both arms. He received four dollars in compensation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      NOW Canaan:

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Oh Higher Learning Walnut Park St. Louis MO

United States Penitentiary,     Canaan

And the execution of Imam Jamil, the former H. Rap Brown, by medical neglect in federal prison 

Canaan

 [key-nuh n]
 noun
1.the ancient region lying between the Jordan, the Dead Sea, and the Mediterranean: the land promised by God to Abraham. Gen. 12:5–10.

2.Biblical name of Palestine.

3.any land of promise.

4.a descendant of Ham, the son of Noah. Gen. 10.

Philo of Alexandria, a 1st-century BC Jewish philosopher, said that Ham and Canaan were equally guilty, if not of whatever had been done to Noah, then of other crimes, “for the two of them together had acted foolishly and wrongly and committed other sins.” Rabbi Eleazar decided that Canaan had in fact been the first to see Noah, and had then gone and told his father, who then told his brothers in the street; this, said Eleazar, “did not take to mind the commandment to honour one’s father.” Another interpretation was that Noah’s “youngest son” could not be Ham, who was the middle son: “for this reason they say that this youngest son was in fact Canaan.”[32]

Genesis 9:25: Cursed (ארור) is Canaan: Noah said to Ham: “You caused me that I should not father a fourth son, another one to serve me. May your fourth son [Canaan was Ham’s fourth son, see Genesis 10:6] be cursed by serving the offspring of these greater ones [of Shem and Japheth]… What did Ham see that he emasculated him? He said to his brothers Adam the first man had only two sons (Cain and Abel) yet one killed the other because of the inheritance of the world [Cain killed Abel over a dispute how to divide the world between them according to Genesis Rabbah 22:7] and our father has three sons yet he seeks still a fourth son.”[26][27]

Genesis 9:26: …Blessed is יהוה the God of Shem: “Who is destined to keep His promise to [Shem’s] offspring to give them the Land of Canaanand he shall be: “Canaan shall be to them as a servant to pay tribute.”[27][28]

Genesis 9:27: and Canaan shall be a slave to them.: “Even after the children of Shem will be exiled slaves will be sold to them from the Children of Canaan.” [Rashi explaining why the curse is repeated.][26][27]