I love walking in the woods, locating the plants I will need to make my herbal remedies. I am very lucky, as I live just minutes from a beautiful section of the Bruce Trail, in Hamilton, Ontario. The forest area is considered to be quite similar to a Savannah ecosystem. This provides a much larger […]
Restoration ~ Education ~ Community Our Mission: To educate about medicinal plants, ecological issues, and our unique local bioregion. To bring the community together through common interests and goals. To contribute to the restoration of medicinal plants and their habitats, especially Yerba Mansa and the Rio Grande Bosque. Our Objectives: To identify and adopt Open Space Lands within the Rio Grande Bosque that are suitable for the Yerba Mansa Project’s restoration work. To develop and make available to the community new classes and educational events relating to Yerba Mansa, the Rio Grande Bosque, and ecological considerations for other medicinal plants. To organize and undertake community volunteer projects in the Rio Grande Bosque including removal of non-native understory plants and reestablishing Yerba Mansa and other native plants in new areas of the Bosque.
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My father, Francisco ‘Chiigo’ Smith, an O’dham farmer, grew many traditional crops on my mother Margaret’s ten acre allotment located near Sacaton, on the Gila River Indian Reservation in Arizona. My mother was an herbalist and traditional healer. My father grew corn, chiles, tepary beans, various types of squash, gourds, Pima wheat, melons and sugar cane. Together, they taught me the value of our traditional foods to our daily nutrition and way of life. My husband Terry and I began farming on that very same allotment in 1974. Our first crops were barley and alfalfa. After expanding a few years later, by leasing land from my relatives and other community members, we added cotton, corn and wheat. In the late 1970’s, some community elders asked us to grow the Bafv (tepary bean), which had nearly become extinct due to the lack of water that put many of the local subsistence farmers out of business. We discovered that my father had left a few seeds of the white and brown tepary beans in glass jars in a trunk in the old adobe house that I grew up in. It became clear to us, especially with the urging of our community elders, […]
A warm getaway from the chilly Detroit weather actually turned out to be one of the most influential trips my wife, Brenda, and I ever decided to take. In 1997, we visited the Valley of the Sun, and were surprised to see the abundance of olive trees growing around the Phoenix area. Intrigued and excited upon the discovery, Brenda had an idea: Let’s make extra virgin olive oil in Arizona! I thought, “Sure…why not take advantage of this fruitful environment and produce olive oil ourselves?” THE TRANSITION Within the year, we left Detroit and the automotive industry behind and relocated with our four children (and one on the way) to Phoenix, Arizona. We decided to plant 1,000 olive trees on 100 acres in the outskirts of the town of Queen Creek (We now have over 7,000 trees, 16 varieties). Queen Creek seemed like the perfect place, considering its rich farming history. With the idea of providing the Arizona community with fresh, local, extra virgin olive oil, we built a farm shed, which we eventually transformed into the Queen Creek Olive Mill you see today. THE LEGACY We are proud to say that we have created a place where our customers can come and […]