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Myxomatosis in Rabbits

Myxomatosis is a highly contagious viral disease, caused by the myxoma virus, that affects rabbits worldwide.  Among European domestic rabbits (Oryctolagus...
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Noni (Morinda citrifolia)

Morinda citrifolia is a small tree in the Rubiaceae, or coffee family. It is commonly called noni, Indian mulberry, or...
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Persian Lilac (Melia azedarach)

Persian Lilac is a small to medium sized tree in the Meliaceae family. It is a close relative of neem...
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Useful Ornamental Plants of Vilcabamba

While ornamental plants are appreciated for their beauty, most of these plants have numerous practical applications too. These plants are...
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White Sapote (Casimiroa edulis)

We’re at the end of white sapote season here in southern Ecuador. The last of the many fruits I’ve purchased...
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Treating Mite (Sarcoptes scabiei) Infestations in Rabbits

In the five years I’ve been keeping rabbits, I’ve seen a variety of health complications arise, but certainly the most...
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Ají (Capsicum pubescens)

Capsicum pubescens is commonly known as rocoto, tree chile, or ají (a less specific name that is used to refer...
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Horchata: A Traditional Ecuadorian Drink

Many people are familiar with Mexican horchata, a creamy, rice based drink.  Ecuadorian horchata, however, is very different.  In Ecuador, horchata...
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Arracacha (Arracacia xanthorrhiza)

Arracacha (Arracacia xanthorrhiza) is an Apiaceae family plant, also commonly known as Peruvian parsnip, apio criollo, zanahoria blanca, or white...
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Granadilla (Passiflora ligularis)

Passiflora ligularis, commonly known as granadilla, is a Passion flower species that grows prolifically in our mountainside gardens and in...
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Edible & Medicinal Plants of Olón, Ecuador

One of my favorite things about exploring a new place is getting to know the plants that grow there and...
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Naranjilla (Solanum quitoense)

One of our favorite Andean fruits to grow is naranjilla (Solanum quitoense). Also known as lulo, naranjilla is a Solanaceae...
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A Year on the Mountain — Looking Back at 2020

Here we are at the beginning of a new year. So much of 2020 was strange & unsettling, but life...
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Achiote (Bixa orellana)

Achiote, also commonly known as annatto, bija, or urucum, is a lovely evergreen shrub in the Bixaceae family that is...
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The Basics of Rabbit Care

We’ve had rabbits around the homestead for over 4 years now. For the most part, raising rabbits been something that...
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The Power of Wild Plants

Not long ago, Kristine posted about a cool edible native, Yacón. This is the first of a long series about...
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Yacón (Smallanthus sonchifolia)

Traditional Andean food crops are hardy to the local climate and quite often thrive without much maintenance in our mountainside...
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Reforestation Isn’t Just Planting Trees

Planting trees is great, but when it comes to reforestation, we should take into account the complexities of forest ecosystems....
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Essential Equines

Last post, I focused on goats as a great example of how herbivores can regenerate the land, through holistic management...
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Goats — Destroying the Landscape or Healing It

When I hear vegans argue against raising animals, I tend to agree with them, for the most part. Modern techniques...
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