In the winter months there is nothing quite like the smell of conifers. As the light of spring and summer shifts to the darker, dormant months, so does our need to focus on these fragrant and readily available resources. The evergreen nature of conifers gives us a bounty of medicine in their greenery, bark and even their […]
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We are a small, traditional values, God and Country loving homestead family living on 85 acres in an underground passive solar house in the beautiful rolling hills of North Carolina. John is highly skilled former Marine that has long been ahead of the curve in survival preparation. With extensive training and experience in native plant food and medicine, Ann has been carrying on the traditional ways for over 20 years. Together we have carved out a lifestyle that enables us to be self-sufficient, live off the land and enjoy the solitude that comes with being somewhat "out-of sync" with the rest of the world. Read More…
Buckskin made from deer hides is buttery soft, wonderfully flexible and useful for endless purposes. It’s also something you can make using only resources that nature provides. Brain tanning deer hides is an exciting and really, really rewarding process. The finished product, “Buckskin”, is not named for a male deer (a Buck) but is named for the process […]
Beautiful Yarrow – Achillea millefolium – is good for so many things and one of them is as a styptic powder to stop bleeding. Yarrow styptic powder is safe for both humans and animals and can be used on everything from skin cuts to nails accidentally cut or torn down to the “quick”. I recently gouged a chunk […]
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