Foraging Habits Of The Pioneers

foraging habits of the pioneers

The concept of “self-sufficiency” evokes a sense of fundamental independence. We often romanticize an era when modest cabins served as the primary abode for individuals resisting what they perceived as government intrusion or those simply seeking solitude despite enduring considerable challenges.

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Tips For Harvesting And Using The Chaga Mushroom – A Special Mushroom With Many Health Benefits

tips for harvesting and using the chaga mushroom

I first learned about Chaga when I was just a young boy, and my grandfather was the one that taught me everything he knew about this strange mushroom and how to reap its many benefits. Chaga has been used in old folk medicine, and many people do not even know it exists since they mistake it for something else.

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7 Tips For Mushroom Foraging

7 tips for mushroom foraging

I’ll never forget the moment when all of the stars aligned: good weather, a dead apple tree, a south-facing slope, the day before Mother’s Day—and there it was. Peeking up through the dead leaves below me was the first morel mushroom I’d found on purpose, and I beamed with pride. Since that significant day, I’ve become a hopeless, morel-mushroom-hunting addict.

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A Few Wild Beverages Everyone Should Try

a few wild beverages everyone should try

Wild teas and, more generally, wild beverages serve a number of purposes. First, if you are boiling water to make it safe to drink from pathogenic organisms, waiting for your water to cool down – particularly in summer – to have a cool drink can take too long for you to stay well hydrated.

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Tips For Harvesting And Using Chokecherries

tips for harvesting and using chokecherries

As chokecherries are found in nearly every state and climate, it’s no wonder that Native Americans (who really lived self-reliance to the max) of most tribes used them extensively. And, like ancient Indians, we also rely on these fruits of the wild orchard.

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Making Tea From Native Plants

making tea from native plants

After the Sons of Liberty dumped thousands of pounds of tea into Boston Harbor in 1773, patriots were faced with a difficult question: just what were they going to put in their teapots now? Since they could no longer in good conscience buy the taxed Bohea tea brought in by the British from China, they maintained that the solution could be found in America’s own native plants.

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Harvesting And Using Wild Asparagus

harvesting and using wild asparagus

Picking wild asparagus is often the first step a person takes toward learning to forage wild food. Although not technically a “wild” plant, more of an escapee from gardens via seeds and birds, asparagus grows very wild in most places across the U.S. and Canada.

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Harvesting And Canning Wild Greens

harvesting and canning wild greens

Winter’s dreary end seems to drag on and on into early spring. We itch to get planting the garden, poring over seed catalogs and babying those tiny light green tomato, pepper, and other infant plants in the south windows. How lucky we are that the very first delectable greens that our bodies crave are already growing in sunny, protected areas around the homestead, planted for us by God, himself.

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Wild Edibles Foraging For Quick Meals

wild edibles foraging for quick meals

You can’t walk through a field, forest, swamp, or even your own backyard without passing by (or stepping) on wild edible plants. There are various types of wild edibles all around us, and the trick for a meal on the go is to know what to look for.

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How To Make Coffee Substitutes

how to make coffee substitutes

Life around a campfire is surely one of the most cheerful and happy traits of spending time in the Great Outdoors. So vivid, so peaceful, and yet, it fills you with so much energy.

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Obtaining The Seeds Of Survival

obtaining the seeds of survival

In a total collapse scenario, seeds can be eaten, exchanged for goods, or even replanted for future consumption.

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Top 5 Plants for Urban Foraging

top 5 plants for urban foraging

Foraging is often thought of as a backwoods pursuit that requires bushwhacking and long treks into the forest. But the truth is, wild edibles are all around us, even in the most densely populated urban areas.

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How To Make Dandelion and Burdock Wine

how to make dandelion and burdock wine

Walking along any country lane at different times of the year reveals a pleasing assortment of wildflowers, even in early spring. Many varieties of these flowering plants can contribute a delicate bouquet to many wines.

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