Welcome to the Monthly Insider for January 2020 (Volume 4, Issue 1). This month’s topic is Foraging.
It’s been 73 days since it happened. Our food storage held out longer than we expected, but now we are mixing cans of cranberry sauce with things like pickled Herring. I knew better than to buy that stuff, but it was on sale. Anyhow, the kids won’t eat it, and I’m worried they will starve.
I guess appetite fatigue is a real thing. I don’t blame them, that’s on me.
I don’t have the energy to go hunting again today, but I have to do something. It seems like all the big food knows that we are in hunting season, haven’t seen a deer in weeks. Hell, I haven’t even heard a dog bark in weeks come to think of it. I guess that’s where we are now.
I was thinking there must be something out there we can eat. Grandpa used to tell stories of the railroad crews adding plants to their food when they were out for months laying rails. They called it track salad. I can’t remember, was it called kudzu? I think Grandpa said they even made their own headache medicine, from willow trees maybe.
I’m going to see about getting into that old library across town today. Maybe I can find a book that tells me what we can eat from the forest. Otherwise, I have no clue what to do anymore. I guess we could eat bugs. I’ll look for a book on that too, I guess.
I’ll try to keep this journal going this time.
You can download the Foraging PDF here.
Click here to see this month’s “Foraging” CALL TO ACTION PDF with checklists and skill challenges to put your knowledge into action!
If you prefer to view the information in web site form, you can do so as well. Each section is linked below.
- Setting the Scene
- Basic Harvesting Guidelines for Foragers
- Learn Plant Anatomy for Better Identification
- Frequently Confused Foraging Species
- Edibles of the Northeast
- Foraging in the Southeast
- Wild Food in the Southwest
- Edible Plants of the Northwest
- Roots and Tubers for Foraging
- Wild Edible Berries and Fruit
- Tree Nuts
- Edible Leaves
- Basic Foraging Tool Kit
- Dangerous and Deadly Wild Plants
- Seasonal Foraging
- Gear Spotlight
- Common Myths in Foraging
- Prepare and Preserve
- Plant Tinder Sources
- From Nature to Nurture
- The Fort