Harvesting wild rice on the wilderness lakes of northern Minnesota nourishes my soul and spirit long before I sit down with family and friends to enjoy this tasty, nutritious native food.
You bought a handgun for self-defense, and you’ve put a good amount of hours into a defensive shooting class. You did pretty much whatever any responsible gun owner should do. But is that enough? How do you maintain those critical skills? How do you practice?
Often underrated, medicinal plants play an essential role in curing minor health issues, but not only that. In fact, the healing plants you can forage could help prevent major health distress, providing you with the possibility to become your own doctor.
If you don’t properly care for and maintain your gear, even expensive gear won’t serve you well for long.
The pleasure of wine is doubled when you make it yourself for a few cents a bottle, using your own fruits and without unnecessary additives.
A chemical attack is probably one of the most lethal SHTF scenarios you can witness, and some historical cases we all recall were harsh proof of that.
There seems to be a still commonly held belief that, in 1492, the first European explorers discovered two entire continents populated with nothing but primitive Stone Age “hunter/gatherers.” That, in turn, made it only logical that the settlers who followed would displace the Native Americans with their own version of “highest and best use” farms and towns.
Perhaps the reason we don’t see many bare spots in the wilderness is that Mother Nature knows the uncovered ground is bad for business. When we manipulate our environment by growing something (plants, trees, flowers, vegetables), we can improve the ecosystem by covering up the resulting bare spots with mulch.
Plants need water; that is a fact. However, to make the most of this, often limited, resource, it pays to use it economically by understanding plants’ needs and using techniques to help limit water loss from both plants and soil.
In the first article related to Permaculture and how to get started with your sustainable, nature-based, and balanced garden, we covered the aspects related to its ideology and methodology.
Self-sufficiency involves different levels of commitment: towards ourselves, our family and community, and, above all, towards our planet.
Being prepared in today’s society is becoming more popular. As a whole, people, in general, are getting more organized with their lives. This is coming out in many ways, from food and water storage to having somewhere else to live if a world disaster were to happen.
A wide variety of native herbs and medicinal plants flourish across North America, and there is a ready market for many of these wild botanicals. A few are easily found and just as easy to harvest, including mayapple, goldenseal, bloodroot, black cohosh, and common boneset.