When I was first starting studying herbal medicine in my early 20s, I compiled a reference library of materia medica online at Backwater Botanics- it functioned as a way for me to submit my work to an herbal medicine school I was attending, and to share my learned knowledge with anyone who happened to stumble apon it. I don't update it anymore, and it now functions as an archive of my past work and growth in the field of herbal medicine. It includes recipes, plant profiles, and some basic botanical and horticultural terms. I drew my strength and inspiration from the stands of resilient, thousand year old bristlecone pines that thrive under the harshest conditions of the Great Basin desert and from the radical communities I found homes within. It is humbly that I share my beginnings and expose some of my early root work with you now.