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Foraging is something you can do on the road and something you can do in your own yard.
Foraging is a year round activity and great to do with kids.
This is great for emergency preparedness.
Wild edibles are more likely to be powerful and nutrient rich because they have to rely on nature systems and the ebb and flow between the soil microbiology and the plants that grow there.
Foraging is more than just greens! Shoots, roots, tubers, seeds, nuts, and berries help to round out the forager's diet.
There are cycles and variation in yield from year to year and when I get to observe this and experience this, it helps me feel connected to the place in which I live.
Over time when you build up foraging skills, new places you have never been to before do not feel strange, but wonderfully familiar as you recognize plants all around you. This helps me feel secure in the world.
My turkeys make an appearance in this video!
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If you want to extract the goodness out of the thistle plant or stinging nettle, this juicer is invaluable. I LOVE mine! It is so easy to clean, light weight, and portable.
There is so much value in Samuel Thayer's books. If you want to explore the more substantive side of foraging (beyond greens), these books are unmatched. My favorite part is the year long calendar which highlights WHEN certain edibles are available in the wild. Years, perhaps decades of experience are yours in these highly portable books. I have also given these books away as gifts. This is a great way to get into foraging. If you can get your hands on Samuel Thayers DVD set ... DO IT! I would offer it here if it was available. I cannot say enough great things about the video version. I hope it becomes available again. Look for a used copy if you can.
The Grandfather of Foraging, Euell Gibbons, has three fantastic books. I've included my favorite one here...