Wednesday, July 29, 2009

We have spent a lot of time building frames for our bee hives this year. This is a picture of me and my son Rowan working together. He's peeling the protective paper off of the beeswax foundation and I am using a tool to melt the beeswax onto the wires of the frame. We like to work outside under a shade tent.

Here are some photos of wildcrafting St. John's Wort. We harvest the flowers and steep them in organic sunflower oil for 6-8 weeks in the sun to make our Aches and Pains muscle rub. These wildflowers grow in our fields and along treelines. I've been known to suddenly pull over to the side of the road when I see an especially big patch of St. John's Wort growing - only on a quiet country road. These yellow flowers turn the oil (and my fingers) bright red.

Monday, July 27, 2009

This is the beginning of our blog! I have to go pick St. John's Wort now. More later.