Two weeks traveling around Cameroon revealed some innovative techniques for handling water filtration for drinking, water storage for the dry season, diversification of income through beekeeping, and use of agroforestry to promote soil health while diversifying crops. The four videos in this playlist illustrate some of the sustainable and holistic approaches to land use in Cameroon.
Jon Christie, owner of Wild Mountain Bees, takes us through the steps of bee keeping in this video series. We discuss everything from hive placement to honey collection. Jon removes several frames from the hive to find the queen and shows us the difference between comb filled with brood and capped comb filled with honey. Bees kept on the edge of Appalachian hardwood forests can greatly benefit from the vast amounts of nectar found in tulip poplar, sour wood, and locust blooms.
Growing forest medicinal and decorative plants as nursery stock for market sale can often be more profitable than selling just the root. We take a look at the process of growing and transplanting seedlings for market sale with Robert Eidus, owner of Eagle Feather Organic Farm, and we review the importance of knowing your market and creating a business plan beforehand.
Associate Professor at Auburn University, Becky Barlow, identifies several different species of pine trees commonly found in the Southern US. We discuss various management techniques for pine forests, in particular longleaf pine forests which have adapted to fire. Managing your pine forest for woody undergrowth will assist with the raking of pine straw which occurs in January and February prior to spring landscaping. Finally, we take a look at a handmade pine straw baler used in small-scale, ecologically oriented pine straw production. This is a great tool for a landowner to begin baling pine straw for local sale at a farmers market.
Wild edible plants, medicinal herbs and decorative plants can all be grown under the forest canopy. In this series, we take a look at the different aspects of forest farming with woodland beds. Ian Caton and Peter Heus, Proprietor and Founder of Enchanter's Garden in Hinton, West Virginia explain the differences in seed among various plant species. We look at different ways to propagate plants and discuss the problem of invasive species. Ian and Peter use controlled burns to eradicate invasive species and to improve forest conditions in favor of fire-dependent species like white or variegated milkweed. We also take a look at soil composition and review the steps to creating a healthy leaf compost.
Wasabi was traditionally eaten with sushi due to it's ability to calm food poisoning that used to occur with eating raw fish. Today, real wasabi is expensive and therefore difficult to find in restaurants. Joe Hollis, founder of Mountain Gardens, explains how to collect wasabi seeds, plant them, produce new plants through rhizomes and finally, how to harvest wasabi. We discuss the differences between seed-grown wasabi and wasabi cultivated through tissue cultures. Hollis explains the difference between Japanese varieties and cultivation and American varieties. Wasabi roots can be grated fresh and the leaves can be consumed as well.