Dandelion Forest is physically a little corner of the world in central Massachusetts, nestled in the woods, where dandelions and other miracles of nature abound. But it’s more than the physical. It’s the idea of living connected to the natural world and all it provides us. There is magic to be found in this world and I am finding it. Right here. Right outside my own door. After having lived here for 17 years.

We can all wake up to what we’ve been missing at any moment!

There’s a stream to explore, with moss-covered rocks and a variety of ferns. There are witch hazel and black birch trees providing medicine, hickory trees and grape vines full of food for the animals – and us, if we want it. We are introducing additional food into our forest, like fruit trees and berry and nut bushes and vines. There are hardy varieties of almonds and kiwis, and interesting fruit like paw paw. And our grove of white pine provides vitamin C in an area of the country where citrus doesn’t grow.

As my children, one by one, left the nest and began following their own dreams, I woke up to mine. In 2013 I took a permaculture class and got my PDC (permaculture design certificate). Now I am studying herbalism. My husband has coined the word “herbaculture” for me. I like it!

This site is a place to share my journey and the things I am learning.

2 thoughts on “About

  • June 8, 2017 at 1:20 pm


    I was curious if you have any experience in the benefits of Kratom for anxiety, pain relief, and perhaps most popularly – the relief of many withdrawal symptoms that a lot of people in our country experience when finally quitting opiates?

    Have you considered doing an article on Kratom? Or having a guest post? I just thought I’d see if you were interested. I’m a writer and would love to help.

    Looking forward to hearing from you,


  • June 15, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    Justin, I didn’t know about this plant. I’m actually just writing up plants in the materia medica for my herbal studies at this point. Thanks for making me think about guest posts, though. I’ll let you know if I decide to do that!


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