Hedgerow Food: A Guide To Getting Free Food | Blokebuddy You are here: Home / Outdoors / Hedgerow Food: A Guide To Getting Free Food ”A few months back I was getting involved in the idea of getting free food from nature, going out and foraging for free, readily available food that is waiting to be picked. In Britain you would be surprised to learn that you walk by at least 5 different species of edible plants and wild herbs nearly every day, on your way to work, to the shops, what ever. 1. OK for most of you this is pretty obvious, but those not in the know blackberries grow pretty much everywhere in the UK, hedgerows, farms, field verges, all over the place. Uses: Jam, Fruit pies, Jellies, Compote, and even wine. 2. This Pungent vegetable can be found all over the place in the UK, and most people walk by it every day. harvested around autumn through to spring, and looks very much like dock leaves, but with a more pointier tip. Uses: horseradish sauce 3. Wild garlic is very different to the synonymous white bulb of cloves you get from a store.
Wild Iowa edibles in spring, part 1: the dandelion It's springtime in Iowa. As farmers head out to cultivate their fields and garden centers fill with people anticipating that first juicy tomato of July, Mother Nature's own garden already is producing a bounty of wild delicacies for those who know how to find them. Seeking wild edible food is a tradition as old as humankind and continues to be a favored pastime of many an Iowa hunter or angler. But wild Iowa offers much more in terms of edibles than just deer, fowl and fish. There are many varieties of edible wild plants found throughout Iowa's woods, prairies, and pastures. The dandelionAnyone who's visited one of the wineries in the Amana Colonies knows that dandelions are used to make wine, but did you know this scourge of lawn lovers everywhere has multiple culinary uses? Krebill, who is a retired middle school science teacher, first became interested in wild edibles after reading Euell Gibbons' seminal book on the subject, "Stalking the Wild Asparagus," in the 1960s. 1.
Free Wild Plant Identification eCourse You are out in the forest and looking at the glorious plant life surrounding you. Whether you are a beginner and have never identified one plant, or a Botany professor at a university, you might appreciate this refreshingly simple approach to plant identification. I remember lovingly (and sometimes screamingly) that my college classes in Systematic Botany required me to become acquainted with that local Washington Flora that we plant dorks call “Hitchcock and Cronquist”. I always felt a contradiction of rapt fascination and obsession, alternated with profound burnout, when trying to navigate this enormous dichotomous key! In addition, my observation skills as an ethnobotanist were refined , foraging for wild foods, fibers and medicine. What will I need? A combination of actual need for sustenance, curiosity and simple observation skills are almost all you need to start with plant identification. Meet a Plant Approach the plant of your choice and find a place to start.
Top 10… foods to forage - Green Living Thanks to modern agricultural methods, foraging – once a part of the majority’s daily life – has faded away, replaced by regular trips to the supermarket instead. Recently, however, there has been a revival of interest in raiding nature’s larder thanks to increased awareness of the health benefits of wild food, not to mention the TV exploits of Bear Grylls, Ray Mears and co. But it foraging is about more than just food. It gets us out into the countryside and helps to cultivate an intimate appreciation of nature, re-establishing a connection severed by modern urban life. But for the beginner, foraging should come with a health warning as it’s easy to mistake a deadly fungus for an innocent field mushroom. Mushrooms Neither animal nor vegetable, mushrooms are a type of fungi and the largest living organisms on Earth, some reaching three miles in length. Wild Garlic Wild garlic is a good all-rounder. Elder There are more uses for elderflowers than for any other type of blossom.
The Magpie Nest: Walnut Ink Walnut Ink I’ve been learning how to dye fabric. Not in a very elaborate way—the kind you throw in the washing machine and keep the poor thing returning to the beginning of its cycle for half an hour, till all your cheesecloth is a tangled shroud. The fun part, though, has been learning how to dip the ends of the cheesecloth in some walnut ink I made last year (I had three quarts left, which was never going to get used on paper—a small bottle can last three years; it’s a full sepia color). The walnut gunge just seeps up into the cotton—it’s beautiful, a deep rich brown fading into buff. How to make walnut ink: 1) Run around at least five yard sales till you find a pot large enough (4-gallon canning pots are ideal). 2) Gather as many black (not English) walnuts as will fit in the pot, husks, stems, maggots, and all.
Wild Food School - Urban Foraging Guide & eBooks Urban Foraging & Cornwall Forager Guides - FREE Foraging for food - even in a city - can be fun. But where do you start? Well the FREE WFS Urban Foraging Guide will help you get on the right tracks. This Foraging Guide is in PDF format and is designed to allow you to print out the pictures on standard 10 x 15 cm. photo paper and then bind them together (laminate the pages if you want). Correctly printed out you will find plant picture and text side by side like the example below. Click wfsURBFORAGER.pdf to downloador right click and Save. ** If you're more interested in dealing with food and water in disaster and emergency survival situations (also in urban areas) you might like to take a look at the new book Armageddon Kitchen and Doomsday Kitchen over on this page >>> ... There are also a 98 page TROPICAL FORAGING GUIDE [approx. 8Mb] plus the Cornish Foraging and a Riverside Foraging guide. Wild Food School Homepage
The Fantastic Four ? 4 Essential Wild Edible Plants that May Just Save Your Life | Tactical Intelligence Did you realize that knowing just 4 wild edible plants could one day save your life? If there were any four categories of plants that I would recommend all people to know how to use and identify it would be these: Grass, Oak, Pine, and Cattail. For the knowledgeable survivor, knowing just these four plants can make the difference between life and death if stranded in the wilds – for each one is an excellent food source which can sustain you until help arrives. Throughout this week and part of the next, I’ll be going into details on how you can prepare and eat these plants. Grass Surprising to many is the fact that you can eat grass. The young shoots up to 6 inches tall can be eaten raw and the starchy base (usually white and at the bottom when you pluck it) can be eaten as a trail nibble. The best part of the grass plant to eat are the seed heads, which can be gathered to make millet for breads or filler for soups & stews. Oak Pine “You can eat pine?!” Cattail Conclusion
Great Horned Owl Hover over to view. Click to enlarge. Bubo virginianus Fairly common resident. General Description Great Horned Owls are large, powerful owls with prominent ear-tufts, prominent facial disks, and bold yellow eyes. Habitat Great Horned Owls are supreme generalists. Behavior Like most owls, Great Horned Owls have keen hearing and keen vision in low light, both adaptations for hunting at night. Diet Great Horned Owls are opportunistic generalists, taking advantage of whatever prey is available. Nesting Great Horned Owls are early nesters and begin calling in courtship in early winter. Migration Status Great Horned Owls are not considered migratory. Conservation Status Great Horned Owls are widespread and common. When and Where to Find in Washington Great Horned Owls are common throughout most of Washington year round. Abundance Washington Range Map North American Range Map
Edibility of Plants The information on this page is presented in an older format. We have vastly expanded our edible plants information with far more information, and far more plants. You can find this information at our new site Wildcrafting.net Plants are valuable sources of food because they are widely available, easily procured, and, in the proper combinations, can meet all your nutritional needs. Absolutely identify plants before using them as food. At times you may find yourself in a situation for which you could not plan. It is important to be able to recognize both cultivated and wild edible plants in a survival situation. Remember the following when collecting wild plants for food: Plants growing near homes and occupied buildings or along roadsides may have been sprayed with pesticides. Plant Identification You identify plants, other than by memorizing particular varieties through familiarity, by using such factors as leaf shape and margin, leaf arrangements, and root structure. Seaweeds
Photographs of Fossils Photographs copyrighted by Rick Schrantz, 1998, 1999, 2000 More information about the field trips and their lists of fossils can be found in the section on Past Field Trips . Bacteria and algae Red algae , Ordovician, Winchester Field Trip Porifera (Sponges) Hindia , a Devonian sponge, Bardstown Field Trip Sponge , Mississippian from the Borden Formation, West-Central Kentucky Field Trip Stromatoporoid (calcareous sponge), Ordovician, Winchester Field Trip branching sponge from the Bull Fork Fm. Cnidaria (corals and related animals) Grewingkia horn coral , Ordovician, Maysville to Vanceburg Field Trip Predation borings on Grewingkia horn coral , Ordovician, Maysville Field Trip Halysites chain coral , Silurian, Louisville Field Trip Tabulate coral , Ordovician, Taylorsville Field Trip Uncrushed Conularia , encrusted and preserved by bryozoan, Ordovician, Maysville to Vanceburg Field Trip Conularia sp. , counterpart, from the Logana Mbr., Lexington Ls., Frankfort Field Trip.
Spotted Owl, Identification Cornell Lab of Ornithology All About Birds Search in: Bird Guide Spotted Owl Strix occidentalis ORDER: STRIGIFORMES FAMILY: STRIGIDAE IUCN Conservation Status: Near Threatened © Kameron Perensovich A denizen of mature coniferous forests, the Spotted Owl has been at the center of debates between forces for and against logging in the Pacific Northwest. Sponsored Ad Appearance Owls Typical Voice Adult Description Large owl. Immature Description Like adults. Range Map Help View dynamic map of eBird sightings Field MarksHelp Zoom InSpotted OwlAdult © Jeffrey Rich/CLOZoom InSpotted OwlAdult © Lois Manowitz, Miller Canyon, Arizona, May 2010Zoom InSpotted OwlAdult © Larry Meade, Portal, Arizona, July 2006 Similar Species Barred Owl has streaks, not spots, on chest below ruff, and bars, not spots, on head and back. You Might Also Like Fort Huachuca's Acoustic Sentinels: Listening in on Spotted Owls and other secretive nocturnal species. All About Birds > Bird Guide > Spotted Owl About Us Citizen Science Publications