Natural Connections with Doug Elliott from OUR STATE

Head to the woods with naturalist, herbalist and storyteller Doug Elliott for a glimpse at his southern Appalachian lifestyle and his passion to connect with nature. This program is produced by UNC-TV in partnership with Our State Magazine, and funding by BB&T.





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Doug and The Hairy Bikers

The BBC called. They were filming a show for the History Channel called "The Hairy Bikers" about two long-haired, redneck-hippie biker "foodies" who are touring the country on their Harleys in search of regional cuisine. They wanted to stop in and visit. They had already been to a chili festival in the Southwest; hunted alligators, frogs, and nutria in Louisiana; toured a wheat farm in Kansas and a rice plantation in South Carolina. They were going to go mushroom hunting with Alan Muskat near Asheville and they wanted to stop by our place on the way. Did they want to tap my vast knowledge of edible wild plants, healing herbs, teas and remedies? Or sample the hundreds of varieties sweet potatoes, tomatoes, beans, and other unique vegetables that Yanna grows in the garden? Or taste the sumptuous tulip poplar and sourwood honey from our beehives? Nope! They wanted me to take them hunting road-kills! "Street meat," they called it. They came early in the morning (the best time for hunting road-kills in summer) and they stayed all day. We had a great time and I must say we "scraped up" a pretty fine feast.





Here’s a fun video piece with useful information, songs and stories entitled Dandelions, Groundhogs, and Poison Ivy, produced by the folks at Herb TV.


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Sharing the Passion of Nature through Storytelling