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Andrew Jenner is a writer for Modern Farmer who recently published a story inspired by an old (c. 1890) Farm & Household Encyclopedia that he scrounged up from his grandfather’s book collection. In the article, he put together a list of old farm tips/wisdom from this book that would still hold true today.
One of the seven bits of old-school farm wisdom that have withstood the test of time over the past 130 years and counting, is “Bees like buckwheat”.
“Buckwheat is valuable as a honey plant, as it can be made to bloom when there would otherwise be a dearth of flowers. The honey is dark, but is preferred to all other kinds by some people.”
Still true, says Mary Ross of the Mohawk Valley Trading Company. One reason that buckwheat remains valuable as a bee forage is that timed plantings allow it to continue blooming through the fall when, indeed, there can be a dearth of other flowers.
To read the full article please visit: http://modernfarmer.com/2014/03/seven-oldie-still-goodie-19th/
Warwick, RI — On her blog Eco-Mothering, Donna recently reviewed buckwheat hull pillows from Crooked Brook. In addition she shares some of the health benefits of using raw buckwheat honey from The Mohawk Valley Trading Company.
“I had worried about the “crunchy” sound of the buckwheat kernels while sleeping, but that has been a non-issue. Thus far, I am in love with my new pillow,” said Donna. “I am a side and back sleeper, and both positions are comfortable with this pillow.”
To read the full review please visit: http://www.eco-mothering.com/2014/02/product-review-buckwheat-pillows-and-honey.html
Donna is a writer, graphic designer and mommy blogger aiming to uplift others and inspire change. She is passionate about books, the environment, clean design, good humor, natural parenting and living authentically… and you’ll see all of that on Eco-Mothering.
Her life purpose is to create beautiful things and clever words while filling the world with love and laughter. She is a Philadelphia native currently living in Rhode Island (although she is still a Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies fan) with her progressive husband and precocious daughter.
Donna has always been a champion of the environment. That led her to work for Save The Bay® where, in 2008, she started Eco-Mothering. Her motivation was two-fold: to document her one-year-old daughter’s life while connecting with others on the parenting journey and to share eco-friendly information with a larger community. As an introvert with a desire to change the world, she found blogging the perfect venue for her to speak out.
After leaving Save The Bay in 2011, she put more energy into her blog and increased her page views from 112 per month to 2,427 per month within a year. She realized one day when a friend referred to her as “Eco Mom” that her blog had transformed from a fun hobby into a brand.
About The Mohawk Valley Trading Company
The Mohawk Valley Trading Company offers the highest quality organic, unprocessed natural products they can produce namely; maple syrup, raw honey, beeswax, beeswax candles, natural skin care products and handmade soap. In addition, they offer natural stone, tea and spices from around the world.