We live in a very remote area of northwest Arkansas in the Ozark Mountains on 160 acres of mostly wild land. Predators and prey are plentiful.
This natural balance of life, along with the rest of nature’s beauty and fury that we get to witness on a very personal level, is responsible for the most incredible creative energy that’s always coursing through my veins.
Inspired by Nature, Precious Resources
One of our goals, our main goal, actually, is to become self-reliant using the land as our home and resource. Some of the ways we practice self-reliance includes trying to make a living from this land.
Nature in the Ozarks provides almost all of my resources to this end, and there are plans to create even more new things as inspiration strikes.
Some of the items I create use plants that grow here naturally and I’m careful to make sure I never over-harvest anything. Every time I gather flowers, medicinals, or other botanical materials I’m consciously leaving behind enough for bees, butterflies and other pollinators. It’s important to leave maturing growth behind to seed future growth, too.
Some of the plants that grow here are endangered. These are propagated carefully to ensure future generations survive. Wild American ginseng, goldenseal, and blue cohosh are a few that come to mind. We sell these plants, propagated by root division, layering, cuttings, or seed in our woodland nursery and educate others about how to grow them.
I craft art, make jams and sweets from the bounty of fruit and herbs here, and Rob creates fine woodworking items. I write, photograph, and draw, and create products for our market booth from these things.
We’re the only certified American ginseng nursery in Arkansas (that I know of). Visit us at our market booth in Huntsville on Tuesdays or Rogers on Saturdays.
Or come out to see our Ozark ginseng habitat demonstration garden, buy seedlings, and learn how to grow it. You can find all that and more by browsing the menu at the top.
This is our Virtual Homestead
I’m Madison Woods, the voice behind this website. My creativity is so inspired by nature in the Ozarks, I have a hard time doing anything besides my art. That art includes writing fiction and nonfiction, drawing, sculpting miniatures, and creating mixed media art using the materials all around me.
Browse around. Ask questions. Leave comments, and share your own experiences. I am happy you are here and hope you find what you’re seeking! If you don’t, let me know and I’ll try to point you to it.
I’m also “Ima Erthwitch“, rural fantasy writer. If you’re a reader of things somewhat off-track of the norm, you might like my stories. Every Friday I post a flash fiction story to the fiction site. My current long work is book two of the Bounty Hunter series. Book one, First Hunt, is available at Amazon now.
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Keep up with the things going on around here, workshops and herb walks, new product releases, etc. by following at our Facebook page.
Every other month, when I’m on schedule, we also put out a newsletter for those who don’t follow at the blog or get on FB. You’ll also find a link to my fiction newsletter in the menu above.
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Or come by and see us in person. We’re a vendor at the Downtown Rogers Farmer’s Market on Saturday’s until end of season in October. We’ll continue throughout the winter at the market if there is enough sales to justify the cost of travel and time.
Our ginseng habitat garden is open to the public by appointment beginning in May. It closes on Oct. 1.
And the online shop is open all the time. The link is in the menu above.
You can also find us at Etsy. The shop name there is predictable: www.etsy.com/shop/wildozark 🙂 I don’t have everything listed yet, but will be adding a little at a time as I get time.
Forest Folk are my most recent creative obsessions. Here’s one of the latest works of art inspired by nature out here in the Wild Ozark studio: