Balsam Poplar The Balsam Poplar tree has the rough bark that is deeply grooved. Why? So that the tree can catch the rain and channel it to run right down the grooves, to the roots. Balsam Poplar is a ‘wet foot’ tree. Because it loves moisture, it tends to grow in the prairies, foothills and…

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SPRING PROGRAMS The Edible Plant Hikes and inner-city Edible Plant Walking series are now up on the website! Register early as spaces fill up!   Early Season offer! Register before March 1st for and Edible Plant Walk or Edible Plant Hike and you receive the 20% off. Prices go up March 1st.   New this…

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We have passed through the longest night of the Winter Solstice. Soon, Imbolc or St. Brigid’s day arrives. It occurs Feb. 1st, 2020 and is one of eight days that mark the food growing cycles of nature in the Celtic Calendar. Imbolc honors Brigid, the goddess of the hearth. It is a celebration of the…

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The Europeans used Balsam Poplar to make “Balm of Gilead”. This is an ointment or salve that is beneficial for bruises, sprains, sunburn, achy muscles and dry skin. Late January to early April is when the leaf buds are collected. You can make it as a clear oil, or use bees wax to thicken it…

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Early Spring Dandelion leaves can be combined with Stinging Nettles and Lamb’s Quarters to create the stock for this soup. If you would like, feel free to use any other vegetables you have on hand to add to the stock. Wash all Wild Greens thoroughly before using. Cut up greens and place them in a…

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“Dear common flower that grow’st beside the way Fringing the dusty road with harmless gold ‘Tis the spring’s largess which she scatters now To rich and poor alike with lavish hand Though most hearts never understand To take it at God’s value, but pass by The offered wealth with unrewarded eye.” James Russell Lowell (in…

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1. The Robins have arrived 2. The leaves are budding open 3. The Gooseberry leaves are out 4. The Buffaloberry flowers are out 5. The Pussy Willows are blooming 6. Many songbirds are either dancing or nest building 7. The Yellow-Rumped Warblers are here 8. Swainson’s Hawks are here 9. The Dandelion flowers are blooming

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Early spring for the animals that overwinter in Alberta, is the time when access to food sources is most important. The non-hibernators, like Deer, Elk, Moose, Chickadees, Hare, Grouse, Fox, Coyote, Wolves, Lynx, Bobcat and Cougars have all been surviving on their summer fat from the abundant foods they found. They have also been browsing…

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The Balsam Poplar is a moisture-loving tree that lives in river valleys, from the Red Deer River north to the Sheep River in the south. These water storing trees, like all leaf-bearing trees, form the buds for their spring leaves in the fall. The buds overwinter and from February 2nd (the Celtic marker of the…

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