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Prairie Plant Conservation, Part 3: Plant propagation

In past weeks, we’ve talked about our practices for wild-crafting, or harvesting plants in their wild habitat.  That’s one of the ways that we bring plants into our lab for producing our products.  This week we’re talking about our efforts to bring bio-regional plants into our educational garden, our residential landscapes, and public education projects.

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Prairie Restoration: An Interview with Lance B. from Golden Hills RC&D

We at Prairie Star are very grateful for Lance and the Golden Hills RC&D and their partners for the wonderful effort made in Prairie restoration and conservation.  As Ralph Waldo Emerson so accurately describes in Nature and selected Essays: " In the wilderness, I find something more dear and connate than in streets or villages. In the tranquil landscape, and especially in the distant line of the horizon, man beholds somewhat as beautiful as his own nature.”, we encourage you to go outside, become involved with conservation projects in your area.

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Prairie Plant Conservation Part 1: Responsible Harvesting of Native Medicinal Plants

  We at Prairie Star often write and speak about the magical plants that are part of our bioregion, which we fondly refer to as the Golden Prairie.  Our posts share the traditional uses of these valuable plant allies, how to identify them, how to propagate them, and the many ways to prepare them. Even with our devotion to the natural world around us, we can sometimes take our native plants for granted.  It is a necessary and useful ritual to stop and remind ourselves of the impact of our harvesting decisions.  My friend, Rebecca Altman, shared her guidelines for wild harvesting in one of her Kings Road Apothecary newsletters.  I paraphrase her guidelines, which include the following steps: Pick...

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The Protector; Poison Ivy.

"I am a lover of uncontained and immortal beauty.  In the wilderness, I find something more dear and connate than in streets or villages.  In tranquil landscape, and especially in the distant line of the horizon, man beholds somewhat as beautiful as his own nature." -Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature and Selected Essays I spend many hours walking in nature finding my solstice. I take my time, enjoying the song of an Oriole, the heady amorous call of a tree frog. or the wind blowing the tall prairie grass on the ridge. These moments are precious gifts or what I call grace.  I received one such grace a few years ago. From a very small age, my mother or Grandmother would...

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