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Local Wild Plant Profile: Dryad’s Saddle

October 02, 2013

Dryad’s Saddle (Polyporus squamosus) is a common polypore mushroom found throughout Michigan. It is most commonly found in May and June, although they can appear throughout the summer and into the fall. Dryad’s Saddle is named because its shape resembles a seat that one could envision the dryad nymphs of Greek mythology sitting on. Others have referred to it as a “dry ass saddle” because overly grown mushrooms have a strong leathery texture that is akin to chewing on a leather saddle…

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September Political Prisoner Birthdays Poster

September 05, 2013

September Political Prisoner BirthdaysThe September political prisoners birthday poster is now available from the Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective: Hello Friends and Comrades, 1) Here is the political prisoner birthday poster for September. As always, please post this poster publicly and/or use it to start a card writing night of your own. Some News And Updates: 2) The campaign to have Earth Liberation Front prisoner Marie Mason moved from her special isolation unit is underway! Please write…

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Local Wild Plant Profile: Wild Bergamot

August 29, 2013

Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) is a common wildflower found throughout Michigan. It grows on dry edges of forests, thickets, and clearings. Wild Bergamot is one of many different varieties of what is commonly known as “Bee Balm.” According to many sources, they are largely interchangeable and can all be used for medicinal purposes. Bee Balms are good for cold and flu symptoms, UTIs, yeast infections, digestive woes, wounds, burns, and more. Identification Wild Bergamot is a member of the mint…

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Local Wild Plant Profile: Blackberry

August 29, 2013

Blackberry (Rubus allegheniensis) is a well-known edible berry found across Michigan. They mature in the late summer and are a very tasty berry that can be eaten raw or cooked. Blackberry is common in Grand Rapids and thickets of blackberry brambles can be found throughout the city. They are found on waste ground, pastures, sun-dappled woods, forest clearing, thickets, and along roads and paths. Identification Blackberries grow on brambles, which are sprawling vine-like shrubs. The canes (stems…

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More New Zines!

August 28, 2013

blockade-occupy-strike-backWe’ve added some more zines to our distro catalog. As always, please let us know if you have any suggestions for additional titles we should carry. Accountability and Consent How To Put Together Your Own Consent Workshop Direct Action Blockade, Occupy, Strike Back Blockades How It Is To Be Fun Pepperspray, CS, & Other “Less Lethal” Weapons DIY Wild Fermentation Organizing Anarchist Study Groups Caught in the Web of Deception The Illegitimacy of Violence, the Violence…

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New Zines in the Distro Catalog

August 16, 2013

from_politics_to_lifeOver the past few days, we’ve been adding a lot of new zines to the distro catalog. Some of them are ones that we’ve been distributing for the past few months when we table, while others are brand new. We’ll be adding a lot more in the next few weeks. Click on the titles for more information, and check out the “how to order” page for more information on ordering by mail (or just use the built-in “shopping cart”). Accountability & Consent Ask First! Betrayal: A Critical…

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August Political Prisoner Birthdays Poster

August 02, 2013

August 2013 Political Prisoner Birthdays PosterThe August 2013 political prisoner birthdays poster from the Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective is out now. Please take a moment to send a birthday card to those prisoners with birthdays this month. It’s a great way to let them know that they aren’t forgotten. This month folks should check out the prisoner hunger strike in California. As of today, more than 30,000 prisoners are on day 26 of an indefinite hunger strike. Also, if you are looking for…

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Local Wild Plant Profile: Black Raspberry

August 02, 2013

Black Raspberry (Rubus occidentalis) is a bramble that grows across Michigan. It is a sprawling vine-like shrub that forms into a thicket. The berries are easy to use and harvest with no toxic lookalikes when ripe. Black Raspberries are frequently found in disturbed areas (for example those that have been logged or cut), but also appear in meadows, along streams and lakes, along trails and roads, and in open woods. They will grow in shady and sunny areas, but produce the most berries if they…

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Local Wild Plant Profile: Red Mulberry

August 02, 2013

Red Mulberry (Morus rubra) is a medium to large tree, growing up to 75 feet. Red Mulberry is found in woodlands, fields, urban areas, along fence lines, and on roadsides. The trees prefer some shade. Mulberries are found across Michigan and the ease of finding Mulberry trees makes them one of the easiest wild berries for beginners. Mulberry trees can be found throughout urban areas in Grand Rapids, both in yards and in wooded areas. They also are easy to use and are delicious raw or baked…

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Local Wild Plant Profile: Lamb’s Quarters

July 31, 2013

Lamb’s Quarters (Chenopodium album) is a common plant across Michigan. It’s found almost anywhere from spring to fall on disturbed soil, in fields, along roadsides and trails, in vacant lots, and parks. If you garden, chances are that you know Lamb’s Quarters as a prolific weed. However, like many “weeds” it is actually a beneficial plant. It is high in Vitamins A and C, riboflavin, niacin, calcium, manganese, potassium, and iron. Lamb’s Quarters is an odorless branching plant that eventually…

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