Friday, August 28, 2020

September - October 2020 Essential Herbal

 The latest issue went out on the 20th and here's an idea of what you'll find inside.  In the meantime, we're working away on the extra content for Sept 20th, and the deadline for November/December (TWENTY YEARS!!!) is Sept 1.  
This issue is so full - you'll love it!

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Ana ‘Vee’ Valdez
   Stunning depiction of the harvest and preparation for winter in the world of the fae.
Field Notes from the Editor                                                                               
Herbal Sugars, Alicia Allen
  Tons of ideas for herbs to use AND recipes that incorporate the finished sugars. 

Last Year’s Herbs, Maryanne Schwartz
  There might be ways to utilize instead of tossing older herbs.                    
Herbal Energetics, Daniel Cashman
   How does taste affect the properties of herbs?     

Classic Rosehip Jam Recipe, Jessicka Nobesni
   Delicious, spicy, and wholesome jam 

White Horehound, Jackie Johnson
   Folklore, usefulness, remedies, and a recipe 

FAQ @ the Herb Farm, Kathy Musser
   What do you want to ask the herb farmer?  Maybe it’s already answered!           
Flu Fighter Tea, Kristine Brown
   From Kristine’s newest book, The Homesteader’s Guide to Growing Herbs  

Facebook Group Question
   What new herb did you grow or use this year?  Why?                                
Calendula officianalis, Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh
   All about Calendula, along with a recipe for cookies as well as salve instructions   

Foot Soaks, Rebekah Bailey
   Deep cleaning and healing soaks

It’s Bacopa, Bacopa Cabana, Tina Sams
   Bacopa appears to be a premier brain protecting herb!                               
A Talk with an Herbalist, Susan Hess
   Susan talks about the effects of moving a business a few hundred miles, and keeping up with the changes that accompanied the virus.     

More Last Year’s Herbs, Maryanne Schwartz
   … and then she thought of more!                                                                    
Gatherings, Tina Sams
   I can’t resist flowers and petals and bits of leaves or twigs.  
Meet Our Contributors
Who are these people?
Comforting Immunity Stew, Tina Sams 
   Warming, and delicious meal to welcome the cooler weather             

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Friday, August 21, 2020

We Are Now 100% Digital

 We sent out our second digital-only issue yesterday, and since I've gotten a few questions, I'm writing this and will send it out to subscribers.

In the Mar/Apr '20 issue, I wrote that I was hopeful that we would be able to finish the year out as a print magazine, but would be transitioning to digital from there.  I explained in (probably too much) detail the finances involved with print, and that other projects and work were subsidizing the magazine.  We'd lost a couple important advertisers, but we wanted to make it a full 20 years. 

In March, the virus hit and we knew it was not going to happen.  In the last 20 years, the magazine has weathered some severe conditions, and when the chips are down, people drop magazines and non-essential entertainment.  We do not have the financial resources to weather another period like that.  Right now, I'm looking at the mail situation, and considering that it was always expected that missing magazines would be replaced, shuddering at the thought of entire issues going missing.  They'd need to be reprinted and remailed First Class at my expense.  It would be a nightmare.

In the May/June issue Field Notes, I wrote:

"Well, I didn’t see this coming.  In the Mar/Apr issue I explained that we would try to print until next year, depending entirely on income, and clearly that is not going to happen.  I realize that there’s no way to do this without some of you who really love the print magazine feeling cheated, but this is beyond my control.  I’m fairly certain this is the last printed magazine.  Lots of you renewed directly to the pdf, and that was much appreciated.
As mentioned in the last issue, we will be coming up with content of different types to send out the in months that aren’t issue months.  I hope that will lessen the sting.  It was my intent to slowly, with clear information and options offered, shift over to pdf.  COVID-19 had other ideas.
PLEASE SEND US THE EMAIL THAT YOU’D LIKE US TO USE.  Send it to please.  If you receive our renewal reminder emails, we’ve got your email.
On the other hand, I feel very fortunate that we can continue to come into your homes and share together in spite of this pandemic.  We can help each other through this."

I hope this helps to clear up the confusion.