Chestnut Herbal School



It is truly feeling like autumn with the temperatures dropping down into the thirties and the light slanting low and golden. The air like a cool mountain stream: cool, clear and invigorating. Here is the second set of my favorite summer photos. Enjoy, and keep it frisky folks! I do love to hear from you, […]


As summer draws to a close, I am sharing some of my favorite photos of the season. One of my favorite aspects of photography is the ability to lift out one aspect of reality by featuring my perspective on time and place. Photography shapes my perception of light and form and also helps me to […]

Passionflower – Ecology, Cultivation, Botany, and Medicinal and Edible Uses

Passionflower is ecologically intriguing, drop-dead gorgeous, and an incredibly useful herbal medicine and wild edible. So I introduce this passionflower materia medica with some ecological, botanical, and cultivation snippets specific to this amazingly charismatic native vine, and hope that you wont skip this juiciness for the medicinal information.

The greening

My excitement for springtime is punctuated with the hurriedness of the tending – our nursery, school and gardens. Anyone tied to the land in the northern temperate world knows this springtime reality. And yet it is such a juicy time. In between my thirteen hour work days, I have the wonderful opportunity to get out […]

My Lovely Office Assistant

I would like to introduce my lovely office assistant, Ms. Rose, whose many talents include: Finding new and unusual ways to incorporate post-its and scotch tape into thought-provoking and controversial art installments throughout the workplace. Asking for a snack repeatedly when her employer is on the phone with a prospective student, with three able adults […]


Estrogens are a group of steroid hormones that function as the primary female reproductive messengers.  Estrogen has its etymological roots in the Anglo-Saxon goddess of fertility Oestre, and can be broken down as follows: from estrus (period of fertility for female mammals) + gen (to generate). There are three types of estrogens known: Estradiol– the […]