Wáǧačhaŋ wanáȟča yúta oyákihi he? Can you eat cottonwood flowers? I’ve been working with cottonwood buds to make medicinal salves, but when I walked by our neighborhood trees and noticed that the buds had burst open to reveal these red flowers (technically called catkins, not flowers), I wondered if they were edible. I tried oneContinue reading “Wáǧačhaŋ Wanáȟča Yúta — Eating Cottonwood Flowers”
Siberian Elm. Ulmus Pumila. The State of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources classifies it as an invasive species, noting that “[t]he tree can invade and dominate disturbed prairies in just a few years.” (see link for more info.) This fast growing, hard to eradicate tree is a real problem here, growing up under homes andContinue reading “Siberian Elm”
I found these baby chokecherry plants poking their heads up today on my walk. I had tossed some chokecherry seeds in that area earlier this year. I don’t know if they germinated, or if these came from another source, but either way, I was glad to see them.
Some Elm buds I found in the Moreau River Valley today on the Cheyenne River reservation. Most of the elms in the area are impacted by Dutch Elm Disease, but a few seem to be immune. These buds are from a tree that appears to be healthy and thriving.
I recently attended the Indigenous Farming Conference on White Earth Reservation. Promo video: I’ll upload photos soon.
Disclaimer: I have no idea how to do this. Despite years of being around sugarbush, having a mom who makes great maple syrup, and going on outings like this one over the years, I have never done this myself, from start to finish. I’ve only had the privilege to be a guest of other peopleContinue reading “Sugarbush: Maple Syrup Season”