Podcast Episode

Birth of a Podcast

Many of you dear readers remember the five year run of my podcast At the Kitchen Table. You'll notice no link as I am terrible about deleting projects that I have finished. Well today I offer you another podcast-- [audio src="https://debaccuardi.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/101-chicken-coop-botanicals.mp3"][/audio]

Chicken Coop Botanicals Podcast continues the conversation I have with you here. In this first episode I share a bit about where I live, what my background is (for those that find me through iTunes) and quite a bit about a new project for the Etsy shop--monthly herbal offerings. Between the podcast and a newsletter (signups will appear here shortly) I'll be sharing each month about seasonal medicines, foods and how to be in touch with seasonal living. This month is about going "Deep" into winter. IMG_4756 double extracted wild mushroom Deep Immune Boost tincture

An album I've been listening to--The Sea, That Gambler by Gregory Alan Isakov

Reading poetry at bedtime to calm my active brain--American Primitive by Mary Oliver

I began knitting for spring outdoor work--Huxley by Jared Flood

The January Deep collection will be listed in the Chicken Coop Botanical shop (link will work as soon as listings are added)

Back in the day I had a podcast

I went over to Ravelry today to leave a little note to my followers of the At the Kitchen Table podcast group. I thought I'd copy it here as well in case you are wondering why there is this huge change in format. However, if you know me you realize that it is a shift in the main topic of life, but I've always played with the plants in some type of healing ways. Here is what that little note said-- "I bet you might be curious about whatever happened to Deb:) I’m still around. Taking care of my father overwhelmed me and something had to give…the podcast. Unfortunately in the time of taking care of him I began to develop some arthitis in my finger joints as well. Time for a career change:) designing and pattern development just isn’t fun when it hurts. I’ve gone back to my roots--gardening, playing with herbs and food and herbal medicines and food as medicine. I’ve started a small Etsy shop-- Chicken Coop Botanical and I’m having fun playing with all the things. A lot of the offerings are seasonal so there will be some dyed yarn and fabrics during the later summer months. The podcast…will return! I am still knitting and spinning (just not quite as obsessively) and doing a little bit of sewing as well. I’ve decided to wait until June for the podcast return (or beginning) as I’m traveling the entire month of May and into the beginning of June. I will put a note here when it begins again, but I won’t be using this platform for posting. I will be doing all my updates and chatting through my blog. I am changing the name to Missives from the Chicken Coop, but the format and chit chat on the podcast will be very similar to what listeners (pre-dyeworks) remember--me on my little bit of Mt Hood talking about all that is happening around me. The animals will still be chattering away, the gardens still growing, me still cooking and always some sort of crafting…but me trying to live life at a slower pace."

On another note--I have a Giveaway happening this weekend through social media! Scroll down to "Healing Salves Giveaway" on my Facebook feed. You'll find the same on my Twitter feed and Instagram. Follow along for a chance to win. There will be three winners chosen Monday morning. I'm @debaccuardi all over the place for a follow along.

The Impatient Herbalist

I've been making all kinds of remedies for family and friends (well mainly for myself) over many years. I decided that with the addition of a studio up here on my little bit of Mt Hood I could sell some of the items I really love to locals that want to visit. This will be a great venue for natural dyeing classes, cooking and gardening classes. A jumping off point for wild walks into the forest and making some basic remedies and food stuffs at the end of a walk.IMG_2148 But I'm impatient! I am surrounded by jars of face cream, lip balms and soaps. I've started to infuse local honey with sweet violets, young spruce or fir tips, rose scented geranium leaves. IMG_2159On my shelves are tinctures made from healing plants for the body and flower essences to help heal emotional issues. I want to share all these delights and my sweet little chicken coop is still on the list of "to be built". I think it will be late summer before I am stepping through the door(which will leave plenty of time for fall mushroom walks and classes). So later this week (Thursday to be exact) Chicken Coop Botanicals will open online! Why Thursday you might ask. Thursday is the anniversary of Gino's Restaurant. What better way to keep all the ducks in a row. Year 19 for the restaurant and the beginning of a new venture.

The online shop, as in the coop itself, will have an ever changing list of items available for sale. These will be both seasonally based and worked in small batches. In August it is finally dry enough to dye yarn and fabric outside. Each season has certain ingredients to work with, as well as certain foods and medicines IMG_2242our bodies call for. In addition, as I work on books, pamphlets and classes they will all be available under the Chicken Coop Botanical banner. All my working life, both in the restaurant business and floral and catering and yarn businesses I have been botanically driven. I've played with herbs in the garden since I was 22 and have incorporated them (as well as other plants) into every part of my home and working life. I think this next stage is a culmination of all these aspects of my life.

Check back Thursday morning for a link to the online store. And if you are on Instagram be sure to join in the virtual opening party. There will be a couple of giveaways and lots of products photos. @debaccuardi

The Podcast will be returning soon as well. It will continue in the casual format, but will go way back to the days when I talked more about the ointments, teas and the gardening I do around here. I'll talk a bit more in depth about the hows and whys of products I'm making or ingredients I'm using. Folk Herbalism is for the people, by the people and information should be easily accessible. You will have to put up with some soap box talk about eating seasonally and how prevention is so much better than treating an existing issue (it won't be the first time I've stepped up on that soapbox). I'm still knitting, spinning and there will still be a lot about these animals around here. I have also been puttering with some sewing and embroidery (I blame Creative Bug for all new hobbies). I hope you'll join me again for new episodes. I'll post an announcement and link here when At The Kitchen Table is up and running again.