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Wintu Homeopathy

Ted Dawson’s Mountain Wintu Herbs Honor Plants and Customs

Indigenous healing traditions often embrace an entire ecosystem, encompassing a wide range of holistic treatments, interlacing a multitude of beliefs and customs. 

Bringing his own cultural remedies to market for the consumption of the general North State population is Ted Dawson, of the Nor Rel Muk Wintu (Western Northern Mountain People) from Junction City. Ted learned much from his Grandmother Lillian, but he is an accomplished and highly educated ethnobotanist as well. Ted’s sense of humor and his willingness to share his indigenous traditions and extensive botanical knowledge with his community is a rare gift to the North State. 

A conversation with Ted may begin with him telling you about a skunk he’s skinned, or that he “forged a bunch of knives the other day,” or he may instruct you to eat dandelion flowers before they go to seed and to put their greens in your salad if you’re suffering a particular gall-bladder related ailment. He has a vast knowledge of local plants and where to find them, as his family has lived on North State land forever, generation after generation passing down locations for finding useful plants and … Read More

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WILD HOPS MAKE GOOD STORY . . . when the story makes a better beer


Dan Beveridge was contemplating the power of a good beer story on his way home from the Brew & Blues Festival in Mammoth Lakes on a hot summer day. He’d been asked to pour the California Lager from Anchor Brewing Co. at the festival and spent a lot of time relating the story behind this traditional brew to thirsty festival-goers. He found himself enjoying the story almost more than the beer.

Head heavy with hangover and a long drive home to Chico with his wife Karen ahead of him, he was considering how a good beer was made better for the backstory. And as he was driving along in the high Sierra, he was startled out of his fog of morning-after contemplation when he noticed familiar vines growing prolifically along the sides of the two lane mountain highway, vines that he didn’t expect to be there. As a child of the region, the vines piqued his natural curiosity. He asked Karen if the flora looked like hops to her, and she finally replied after several of his musing inquiries, “Why don’t you just pull over and see?” And this … Read More

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Heroes on Aisle 7





Locals know it, and visitors to Mount Shasta City can’t help but notice the market’s stunning mural as they drive south on Mt. Shasta Boulevard. Twenty years ago, on the Winter Solstice in 1993, Berryvale Grocery opened in its current location. Chief Operating Officer, General Manager, and second generation shop owner, Sean Doyle has grown up with groceries and the store that has become a cornerstone of his community.

Berryvale is a twenty-year old family-owned, Mount Shasta institution with roots going back to the mid-seventies. The store was started by Doyle’s parents, who began their journey as members of a food buying cooperative. When that no longer had any momentum, they took the spirit of the co-op and moved into a little corner grocery store just outside of town, across the street from the cemetery, stocking natural foods next to Budweiser and Snickers bars until eventually the natural foods took over. “It was called Pine Grove Grocery.  Many people have lost track of that name because it doesn’t really exist anymore, but we have people that have been shopping with the family for thirty years. There’s a … Read More

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Second, third, and fourth generation Duivenvoodens make themselves seen.

Heroes in the Raw




I found myself sitting at a dining room table in Cottonwood, sipping hot tea with the Duivenvoordens on a rainy day in February. It didn’t take very long for me to realize why Edible Shasta-Butte readers voted this family Local Heroes: they’re doing farming right, and they love what they do. Marc and Lori Duivenvoorden had a tough decision to make when the economy crashed back in October of 2008—adapt, or close the barn doors. Their bravery paid off, not just financially. It gave them a whole new lease on life. “The people that come to pick up milk definitely enrich our lives here, especially for Marc,” says Lori. “Person after person will come to pick up milk, and these relationships have changed everything for our family.” Marc adds, “These relationships were the biggest thing missing, and it’s nice to hear that you’re appreciated for the hard work.”

The evolution of this dairy family has been half a century in the making. “We just celebrated fifty years on the farm!” Lori says. Marc and his family are second generation on the farm; he then points to his … Read More

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