Mugwort flowering tops as seen through a hand lens (basically a tiny microscope you can carry in the field). I’ve been obsessed with this plant for a decade at this point, and have probably made more preparations of it than any other herb... Dream pillows, smoking blends, tinctures & tea, glycerites, bitters, syrups, moxa, herbal seasoning salts, and more recently essential oils (it’s the plant that I taught myself to make essential oils with). It’s blooming now in NorCal, which makes me a happy plant nerd. It isn’t necessary to harvest it to say hi to the plant - just gently squeeze the flowering tops and inhale the aromas... The terpenes it releases are how it communicates to other plants, and how it communicates to us via influencing our nervous system. 🌱🤓🌱 #herbalist#artemisia#mugwort#pointreyes#plantwhisperer
In case you’re wondering what the entrance to Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe looks like from the water... 🔥 I was just up here last weekend and it looked nothing like this. ☹️ Historically speaking in many regions of California, small fires occurred naturally every 20-60 years... Humans have so much control over the landscape now that the average is >100 years in most regions of the state. Literal fuel for the fire(s) build up more and more over the passing decades, creating super fires like what we’re experiencing currently. Having a lot of feels about all of this currently that I’m having a hard time verbalizing, even to myself. Wishing everyone safety during this precarious time. 🌲🔥🌲 #carrfire#carrfire2018#laketahoe#emeraldbay#nofilter
Had a great time picking wild edibles & medicinals at the Sierra Nevada Field Campus of SF State last weekend. Remote swimming holes, foraging to my heart’s content, maple leaf dolmas, elderflower fritters ~ these are a few of my favorite things. Third photo is a 160 year old pressed plant art journal from one of the goldrush settlers of the area. 🌿🏔🌿 #foraging#wildcrafting#herbalist#plants#wildfoodlove
The latest in our experiments to adopt the neighbor's cat by force by getting it utterly hooked on catnip. 🌱We started with hydrosol that I had distilled, and have progressed to planting live plants to give her constant access. 🐈 After letting the plant establish itself for a couple weeks in the soil, we finally showed Luna kitty where it is in the garden, these photos document what happened next. #catnip#catsondrugs
Did you know? Ferns have flagellated sperm that swim to fertilize eggs, just like humans. They're produced in these little structures on the undersides of their leaves. 🌿Had another great weekend with the plants, hanging with @wild.rose.medicine and others in #PointReyes learning #botany , and using the handheld lenses used to capture this photo to identify #plant micro-structures in the field. 🌱
Spending the day on a field trip with Peg Schaffer at Quarryhill Botanical Garden, getting to know the Chinese plants here: ornamentals, medicinals, edibles, and the plants with no human utility (that often don't get enough love, in my opinion). I had no idea this place existed until today, but strangely enough it was meant to be eventually - I walked in the gift shop and sure enough @endorfinfoods chocolate bars are the only ones they've chosen to have here. Feeling overjoyed the my chocolate bars made it to such a magical place before me. Life is a trip sometimes. 🌿🍫#plantpower#plantmedicine#plantstagram#plantlife
#tbt my to my Dad getting remarried in Switzerland. After the ceremony, we left our suits and ties on and went skiing & snowboarding for the rest of the day all dressed up. The two gents in the photo were my new brothers, what you don't see is their Mom looking stellar in ski's and a full wedding dress!! EPIC... A ridiculously fun and amazing day for sure. ❄️🗻🏂🎿
I first heard The Knife around 10 years ago, and fell in love with Karin Dreijer immediately. Since then her solo work as Fever Ray has never left me disappointed. Surprisingly I'd never seen either act live, so I knew last night's show at the Fox Theatre in Oakland would be special... But today, that seems like an understatement. The show was absolutely incredible, one of my favorites in recent memory. The haunting wails, pulsing tones, & other musical elements I know and love were there, but there were also a handful of songs remixed live by a full band in ways I'd have never expected, from euro-rave to latin-inspired rhythms. This show is surely at the top of my list for musical experiences for 2018. 🤘🏻🎫🙏🏻
Many people don't know that I grew up #farming . 🌱Starting around 12 years old, over summers I was up at 4am, on a horse by 4:30am, and doctoring cattle in the field before sunrise. 🐴It sounds romantic but it was actually really hard work.
My job was to apply medicine to the eyes of calves with pink eye, while their mothers were literally trying to kill me. 💉🐮Later on I worked 12 hour shifts irrigating corn every day for a couple weeks straight with no weekends, because this is what the work demands.
In college I managed a specialty & #heirloom#plant nursery, and fell in love with greenhouse work. This year I'm doing an apprenticeship with Peg Scheffer, an herb farmer in Sonoma that specializes in the cultivation of Chinese medicinal cultivars (the Bo He aka Chinese Field Mint seen here is from her greenhouse). She's absolutely brilliant, and I'm learning SO much.
I occasionally fantasize about a post-chocolate career where I teach farmers how to build #agroforestry#ecosystems , like helping cacao farmers earn more money by growing medicinal plants both in the understory and as shade trees for #cacao . I'd get to be around plants all the time! And while I know it sounds nerdy, this sounds absolutely thrilling to me. 🌱🍫
First time distilling cara cara, which is defs the best citrus on the planet by far. It's a hybrid between navel oranges and grapefruit, and in my opinion has the very best flavors from both... I have definitely died and gone to citrus heaven. 🍊😍🍊
Happy birthday to @erinofthesun, even though you'll always be erinofthecheese to me. 🧀I am so insanely happy to call you one of my dearest & closest friends in this life. I promise this will be the last time I try to make you eat watermelon, and defs appreciate your willingness to fake enjoying it for the sake of this 📷... Sorta. 🍉😘🍉 @wild.rose.medicine @jesscramer @_xoxo_zozo
Portland here I come! I'll be sharing the chocolate gospel and giving away chocolate all weekend. ✈️🍫
3/16, 3-6pm at @barburworldfoods
3/17, 11am-2pm at @worldfoodspdx
3/18, 1-4pm at @lifesource_foods
3/19, I'm taking a profile roasting seminar with @chocolatealchemy in Eugene (very excited for this). Looking forward to spending time w/ @mangoanddango, @mizpants, @lynxmusic, & @chocolate_pursuit while I'm in town. Drop me a line if you're around and wanna nom on some 🍫 with me.