plants

"The Flavors of Home"

Dec 22, 2016

All around us, there are edible plants, growing wild. The trick is knowing which ones they are, where to find them, and how best to make use of them.  On today’s North Bay Report, we hear from someone who not only knows all that, she wrote the book on it.

  For Margit Roos-Collins, foraging has been a part of her lifestyle since childhood, a sort of family tradition.

‘The Wild Wisdom of Weeds’

Sep 7, 2016

  Herbalists have long recognized numerous and varied medicinal uses for many of the plants we think of as weeds. But that’s not all they are good for, argues Katrina Blair, Durango, Colorado ‘s defender of wild weeds.

  Blair's fascination with wild plants of all sorts began while she was still quite young, an epiphany she recalls quite clearly.

katrina Blair and her colleague,Tyler VanGemert, will present a workshop on "The Chi of Edible Weeds" at the Yoga Society of San Francisco on Friday afternoon at 3 pm. Details and reservations at (970) 247-1233.

Tracing Evolution's Limits

Jan 26, 2016

Evolution has been shaping life forms on planet earth for millions of years. Yet there are some entirely plausible—even probable—creatures that have never existing. Today we hear from a man who studies the question, “why not?” 

Gary Vermeij will be the featured speaker at the “Science Buzz Café” gathering in Sebastopol tonight. Find details about the event here.

Green Roof Tops New Amy's Drive-Thru

Jun 13, 2015
Kerrrie Lee Cole, Symbios

  A new fast food outlet in Rohnert Park is drawing attention for their vegetarian menu, but the organic aspects of the Amy’s Drive-Thru building itself are also unusual.

The iconic tank is the most visible aspect of water management at Amy's Drive Thru, but company Sustainability Manager Tim Griffin says it's part of a carefully developed larger plan.

Indian Basket Weaving in the 21st Century

Oct 22, 2014

  

 Native Americans have been weaving baskets for generations, and while their methods have changed little over time, access to the indigenous materials they use has grown much more complicated.

   The "Tending the Wild" workshops are being held on Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26 at the Pepperwood Preserve on Franz Valley Road northeast of Santa Rosa. Linda Navarro, Executive Director of the sponsoring California Indian Basketweavers Association, tells attendees what to expect:

A New Invasive Plant Threatens the Russian River

Jul 16, 2014
Sonoma County Gazette

  Invasive plants along the Russian River are a fact of life in many areas--so thoroughly established they will never be eradicated. But now there is a new threat, red wisteria, which was spotted for the first time just last week. Only a handful of plants have been identified so far, raising hopes that this is one invader that might be successfully repelled.

The Curious World of Carnivorous Plants

May 7, 2014

  Horror movies and popular musicals notwithstanding, carnivorous plants do not eat people, nor do they grow to tower over us. Without that far-fetched scare factor, they are strangely beautiful…and decidedly weird.

Greenery is Good For You

Apr 29, 2014

Time spent in the great outdoors is good for us. That’s been confirmed by a recent study out of the University of Wisconsin, that says the benefits of living or spending time near greenery are measurable—and it doesn’t much matter what kind of greenery it is. Bruce Robinson talks with the study’s lead author in today’s Exchange segment.

Native Medicinal Plants

Jun 25, 2013
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

Native healers the world over have relied on the medicinal properties of the indigenous plants in their regions for millennia. Today, much of that knowledge is more widely available—and California’s lush north coast holds a wealth of beneficial botany. On today’s North Bay Report, we meet a practitioner and teacher of those herbal arts.