An Oceanographer with a Green Thumb

For those who have known me best as an oceanographer, it may seem strange that I ‘ve headed off in what appears to be an unusual direction – botany, ethnobotany, herbalism, and permaculture.  However, I come by these interests quite naturally.  My parents were farmers, and I spent about half of my childhood growing up on a cattle ranch, and the remainder of my childhood living and working on a fruit orchard. I have always had a close connection to the land and living, growing things. I started gardening as a child, and have grown gardens in a variety of locations off and on throughout my life. My mother is an Irish-descent Canadian, and she learned both Celtic and North American plant lore from her parents. Fortunately, I inherited an interest in this type of knowledge.

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Creag Faoiltiarna Fitheach Permaculture Design Project

Our home in Prince Rupert was called “Creag Faoiltiarna Fitheach“, which is Gaelic for “crag of the the wolf and raven” (both of which are common in Prince Rupert). Here, at our home, Ken and I decided to begin our process of “transition” away from a dependency on non-renewable energy sources and environmentally destructive resource extraction towards a more self-sufficient, sustainable existence living in harmony with our environment. As a first step on the path from concept to reality, I recently completed my Permaculture Design Certificate. I chose Creag Faoiltiarna Fitheach as my design project.

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