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I’m Rebecca Beyer, the woman behind Blood and Spicebush. I live in the mountains of Western North Carolina where I run a homestead and teach people how to forage with No Taste Like Home. If I knew as a child that I’d grow up to be a professional forager-witch, I wouldn’t have believed it.
I have a B.S. in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Vermont where I fell in love with growing food. Today I am pursuing a Masters in Appalachian Studies and Sustainability, concentrating in Appalachian Ethnobotany. Here is my Curriculum Vitae if you’d like to hire me for a lecture or University presentation.
I practice, research and write about Appalachian Folk Magic, Traditional Witchcraft, Primitive Skills, Homesteading, Foraging and Appalachian Ethnobotany and Folk Ways. I’ve learned many of these things from the amazing teachers at the Earth Skills Rendezvous and my serious collection of books. I learn from the plants I meet and dream about, telling me their names. Listen and learn. There’s no time to waste.
I spend my days trying to imagine what my ancestors did and finding ways to share traditional skills while tackling cultural appropriation. I started this blog as a way to deeply nerd out about my insane amount of hobbies and interests, and maybe it’s through the last few years I’ve realized that my interests revolved around the arcane and the folksy. I used to say I was born into the wrong time, but hell, I was born exactly when I should have been. If you love Appalachia, traditional ways, wild foods or witchery, welcome home.