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If yesterday wasn’t the single best day of hiking I’ve ever had it was close to the best. Sunny, slight breeze, 55*F. Explored some new trails, found out Monte Sano has at least one challenging trail, saw some beautiful mushrooms, relearned my lesson about eating green persimmons, and was apparently in the vicinity of a streaking Spider-Man. I was pleased, and no less grateful, each time I came across some ripe persimmons. They were ultra sweet (except for the last one) and I only had to fight off some ants prior to enjoying the unexpected treats. #montesanostatepark #hiking #ratherhuntgather
If yesterday wasn’t the single best day of hiking I’ve ever had it was close to the best. Sunny, slight breeze, 55*F. Explored some new trails, found out Monte Sano has at least one challenging trail, saw some beautiful mushrooms, relearned my lesson about eating green persimmons, and was apparently in the vicinity of a streaking Spider-Man. I was pleased, and no less grateful, each time I came across some ripe persimmons. They were ultra sweet (except for the last one) and I only had to fight off some ants prior to enjoying the unexpected treats. #montesanostatepark  #hiking  #ratherhuntgather 
It's that season again 🙌🏼 I have been searching for forest treasure like these beautiful chanterelles since I was a little kid, having the fortune to grow up in Mendocino where there are lots of places to look 👀 
If you're not able to hunt them yourself, my friends @ocean2table will sometimes sell them through their sustainable fish CSA. Check them out!
Sauté these in butter with a little onion and salt and serve with warm Brie cheese on crackers 😋
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#mushrooms #mushroomhunting #chanterelle #forestfeast #forestgold #chanterelles #fungus #fungi #nutrition #antiinflammatory #nutritioneducation #foraging #foragingisfun #wildfood #wildfoodlove #mycomania #mushroomseason #ratherhuntgather #wildfeast #healthyfood #fromtheland #fromtheforest #ediblemushrooms #wildmushrooms #gather #realfood #mykindofgold #MyHealingHabits
It's that season again 🙌🏼 I have been searching for forest treasure like these beautiful chanterelles since I was a little kid, having the fortune to grow up in Mendocino where there are lots of places to look 👀 If you're not able to hunt them yourself, my friends @ocean2table will sometimes sell them through their sustainable fish CSA. Check them out! Sauté these in butter with a little onion and salt and serve with warm Brie cheese on crackers 😋 . . . #mushrooms  #mushroomhunting  #chanterelle  #forestfeast  #forestgold  #chanterelles  #fungus  #fungi  #nutrition  #antiinflammatory  #nutritioneducation  #foraging  #foragingisfun  #wildfood  #wildfoodlove  #mycomania  #mushroomseason  #ratherhuntgather  #wildfeast  #healthyfood  #fromtheland  #fromtheforest  #ediblemushrooms  #wildmushrooms  #gather  #realfood  #mykindofgold  #MyHealingHabits 
Barely made it in time to get these cranberries.  After the frost,most turned to mush.  The grass had grown up so much, that I couldn’t find them until i heard them popping under my boots!  Ill add it to lessons learned and go out earlier next year.  Anyway, I gathered enough to make a few pints of sauce.  Ill heat the cranberries until they start popping, and add maple syrup to taste, amd then water bath for 15 mins to can. Thats it!  Try it out, it will taste similar with cultivated cranberries. #ratherhuntgather #notawallofgreen #wildcranberries
Barely made it in time to get these cranberries. After the frost,most turned to mush. The grass had grown up so much, that I couldn’t find them until i heard them popping under my boots! Ill add it to lessons learned and go out earlier next year. Anyway, I gathered enough to make a few pints of sauce. Ill heat the cranberries until they start popping, and add maple syrup to taste, amd then water bath for 15 mins to can. Thats it! Try it out, it will taste similar with cultivated cranberries. #ratherhuntgather  #notawallofgreen  #wildcranberries 
A good day spent teaching improvised traps in the woods with @liveprimally @man_of_tanith and @traditional_leather lurking in the background making a bow! I love these traps, especially the ones that only use sticks and stones. Simple and ingenious!
(Traps set were for training purposes only)
#bushcraft #survival #wildernesssurvival #wildernessliving #wildernessculture #ratherhuntgather #surthrival
Popped out to the “store” this evening and picked up a little meat for dinner. This Wild Hare will cook up beautifully in a stew, and is not only organic & free range, but in our opinion, hunting is the most ethical source of meat. I spent a good hour sighting in my @rugersofficial air rifle prior to going out to ensure a clean shot was placed on any animal that came into range. Also, this saves us around $10-$15 at a real store!
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#notvegan #ratherhuntgather #huntergatherer #hunting #hare #huntandgather #selfsufficient #wildgame #meat #meateater #omnivore #ethicalomnivore #livewild #livefree #skoolie #buslife #buslifenz #rvlife #skoolieconversion #rv #rvliving #homeiswhereyouparkit #boondocking #rabbitstew #busconversion #nomads #nomadic
Popped out to the “store” this evening and picked up a little meat for dinner. This Wild Hare will cook up beautifully in a stew, and is not only organic & free range, but in our opinion, hunting is the most ethical source of meat. I spent a good hour sighting in my @rugersofficial air rifle prior to going out to ensure a clean shot was placed on any animal that came into range. Also, this saves us around $10-$15 at a real store! . . . . #notvegan  #ratherhuntgather  #huntergatherer  #hunting  #hare  #huntandgather  #selfsufficient  #wildgame  #meat  #meateater  #omnivore  #ethicalomnivore  #livewild  #livefree  #skoolie  #buslife  #buslifenz  #rvlife  #skoolieconversion  #rv  #rvliving  #homeiswhereyouparkit  #boondocking  #rabbitstew  #busconversion  #nomads  #nomadic 
...feel glad and blessed to have wittnessed and met the last glacier in germany bevor he vanishes!
Wonder how many of all the people driving and been carried up there feel this way or even think about it!
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#mountain #glacier #glacialwater #lastglacier #barefoot #barehands #runasyouare  #makeeverystepaprayer #givethankseveryday #rewild #rewilding #rewildyourself  #wilderness  #nature #natur #hiking #zugspitz #germany #awareness #safetheglaciers #awareness #blessedbynature #richbynature #rettetdiegletscher #diy #doityourself #safetheglacier #ratherhuntgather
...feel glad and blessed to have wittnessed and met the last glacier in germany bevor he vanishes! Wonder how many of all the people driving and been carried up there feel this way or even think about it! . . . #mountain  #glacier  #glacialwater  #lastglacier  #barefoot  #barehands  #runasyouare  #makeeverystepaprayer  #givethankseveryday  #rewild  #rewilding  #rewildyourself  #wilderness  #nature  #natur  #hiking  #zugspitz  #germany  #awareness  #safetheglaciers  #awareness  #blessedbynature  #richbynature  #rettetdiegletscher  #diy  #doityourself  #safetheglacier  #ratherhuntgather 
I had an awesome wild dinner tonight. Wild rice cooked in duck stock, duck dusted in acorn flour mixed with some spices and pan fried , all smothered in reduced duck stock thickened with acorn starch (really surprised how well the gravy turned out). Nanny-berries for dessert! #ratherhuntgather
I had an awesome wild dinner tonight. Wild rice cooked in duck stock, duck dusted in acorn flour mixed with some spices and pan fried , all smothered in reduced duck stock thickened with acorn starch (really surprised how well the gravy turned out). Nanny-berries for dessert! #ratherhuntgather 
Icy calendula yesterday after the hard frost. Just had to capture the beauty. 
It’s so interesting that we love flowers and how they look and smell (usually). I wonder if this is hardwired into us. Flowers can a lot of times mean food. Daylily is a great one for example. Or radish. Both have beautiful flowers, that are edible, and the whole plant is edible. It would be an evolutionary setback to look at a flower and feel disgust. In the wild, you may be a lot hungrier if you don’t eat flowers. 
Flowers are extremely important for health and humans have consumed them for millennia. They have medicinal properties a lot of times, (calendula) and other times they may be just packed with nutrients (clover). Also the flowers let you know fruit is on it’s way. Right now roses aren’t flowering but because I saw them flowering all over, I know where the hips might be. This is just one more thing connecting us with flowers. They give us pumpkins and apples. These flowers, are extremely important for human health, I believe. They help us to be healthy strong and well rounded. I eat flowers almost every day and I love it. I encourage you to try it as well. Even after a hard frost, you can still find flowers. So now is the time to start if you haven’t already! Witch hazel flowers are a great skin toner and it’s flowering right now! Perfect for the winter months. Good luck. And don’t forget to stare at the flowers, they are so mesmerizing.
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#eatflowers #flowers #edibleflowers #medicinalflowers #beauty #foodiseverywhere #foodsovereignty #healthyfood #healthandwellness #natureprovides #forestteachings #eattheweeds #localfood #localmedicine #flowersarehappiness #flowersareforeveryone #flowerstastegood  #naturesmedicine #primal #wildthoughts #ratherhuntgather #wildfood
Icy calendula yesterday after the hard frost. Just had to capture the beauty. It’s so interesting that we love flowers and how they look and smell (usually). I wonder if this is hardwired into us. Flowers can a lot of times mean food. Daylily is a great one for example. Or radish. Both have beautiful flowers, that are edible, and the whole plant is edible. It would be an evolutionary setback to look at a flower and feel disgust. In the wild, you may be a lot hungrier if you don’t eat flowers. Flowers are extremely important for health and humans have consumed them for millennia. They have medicinal properties a lot of times, (calendula) and other times they may be just packed with nutrients (clover). Also the flowers let you know fruit is on it’s way. Right now roses aren’t flowering but because I saw them flowering all over, I know where the hips might be. This is just one more thing connecting us with flowers. They give us pumpkins and apples. These flowers, are extremely important for human health, I believe. They help us to be healthy strong and well rounded. I eat flowers almost every day and I love it. I encourage you to try it as well. Even after a hard frost, you can still find flowers. So now is the time to start if you haven’t already! Witch hazel flowers are a great skin toner and it’s flowering right now! Perfect for the winter months. Good luck. And don’t forget to stare at the flowers, they are so mesmerizing. . . . . #eatflowers  #flowers  #edibleflowers  #medicinalflowers  #beauty  #foodiseverywhere  #foodsovereignty  #healthyfood  #healthandwellness  #natureprovides  #forestteachings  #eattheweeds  #localfood  #localmedicine  #flowersarehappiness  #flowersareforeveryone  #flowerstastegood  #naturesmedicine  #primal  #wildthoughts  #ratherhuntgather  #wildfood 
Gathering wild Cranberries in New Hampshire. 
Vaccinium macrocarpon is the iconic New England fall fruit and has been an important symbol of the season for me throughout my life. I was thrilled when I stumbled upon this brushy bog while out scouting for hunting locations over this past summer. It truly filled my soul to finally harvest these berries from the wild. They are very Similar to their cultivated counter part, perhaps a bit sweeter and maybe a tad smaller. We look forward to many uses over the next few months.
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This fruit essentially marks the end of the gathering season in Northern New England. Frosts and freezes are occurring almost every night now and my focus shifts to the last few months of hunting and than into Winter's hard water fishing season. I hope everyone is out taking advantage of the end of the Autumn's Hunting and Gahtering opportunities and perhaps filling the Larder along the way!
Gathering wild Cranberries in New Hampshire. Vaccinium macrocarpon is the iconic New England fall fruit and has been an important symbol of the season for me throughout my life. I was thrilled when I stumbled upon this brushy bog while out scouting for hunting locations over this past summer. It truly filled my soul to finally harvest these berries from the wild. They are very Similar to their cultivated counter part, perhaps a bit sweeter and maybe a tad smaller. We look forward to many uses over the next few months. . . . . This fruit essentially marks the end of the gathering season in Northern New England. Frosts and freezes are occurring almost every night now and my focus shifts to the last few months of hunting and than into Winter's hard water fishing season. I hope everyone is out taking advantage of the end of the Autumn's Hunting and Gahtering opportunities and perhaps filling the Larder along the way!
As the temperature continues to drop, my garden will soon have nothing to offer. The woods, however, will continue, as always, to offer the finest things in life.
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 Lion's Mane mushrooms are one of the most sought after species among foragers. I have heard many say they have never found this species. This comes from those who are just beginning their journey with wild foods as well as those whom are very experienced. I've often wondered why so many fail to find this beautiful species. Last year alone I collected around 20 specimens ranging from softball size (like these pictured) to large 20 pound Leos. I feel my good fortune comes mainly from how much area I cover in a week's time. I walk around 5 to 10 miles through areas without trails nearly every day, covering about 40 acres but most people aren't able to do that for various reasons. Typically, in my area, I find them on oaks. Usually growing where the tree has shed a limb. Most of those are found well over ten feet off the ground. Not the case for these two I found yesterday. They're growing on a downed tree and are nestled in between other standing trees. I feel that's something to take notice of, especially this time of year. They are on the north side of the log which gives them a few advantages. They have been blocked from the sun that is slowly descending south in the horizon. The other standing trees around them also help hold moisture, as does the leaf litter that has accumulated there. I would like to ask other foragers to chime in and share their thoughts on what would help others find this very delicious species for themselves. What have you learned about this species that would help others? .
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#wildfoodlove #ratherhuntgather #fungi #fungilove #gatherer #forager #lionsmane #mushroom #shroomatnoon #mycology #withgalaxy
As the temperature continues to drop, my garden will soon have nothing to offer. The woods, however, will continue, as always, to offer the finest things in life. . . . Lion's Mane mushrooms are one of the most sought after species among foragers. I have heard many say they have never found this species. This comes from those who are just beginning their journey with wild foods as well as those whom are very experienced. I've often wondered why so many fail to find this beautiful species. Last year alone I collected around 20 specimens ranging from softball size (like these pictured) to large 20 pound Leos. I feel my good fortune comes mainly from how much area I cover in a week's time. I walk around 5 to 10 miles through areas without trails nearly every day, covering about 40 acres but most people aren't able to do that for various reasons. Typically, in my area, I find them on oaks. Usually growing where the tree has shed a limb. Most of those are found well over ten feet off the ground. Not the case for these two I found yesterday. They're growing on a downed tree and are nestled in between other standing trees. I feel that's something to take notice of, especially this time of year. They are on the north side of the log which gives them a few advantages. They have been blocked from the sun that is slowly descending south in the horizon. The other standing trees around them also help hold moisture, as does the leaf litter that has accumulated there. I would like to ask other foragers to chime in and share their thoughts on what would help others find this very delicious species for themselves. What have you learned about this species that would help others? . . #wildfoodlove  #ratherhuntgather  #fungi  #fungilove  #gatherer  #forager  #lionsmane  #mushroom  #shroomatnoon  #mycology  #withgalaxy 
My little mate can now cast the spin rod all by himself! I see many fishing adventures in our future @jakeslifenz ❤️
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#parenting #dadding #dadlife #fishing #buslifenz #kiwikids #kiwias #river #outdoors #outsideisfree #outdoorsman #ratherhuntgather #greatoutdoors #optoutside #river #newzealand #nz
This food grew up on the same dirt I did. #localfood #ratherhuntgather #thehuntandthehearth #homestead
Parasol Mushroom* - Macrolepiota procera
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*Note: this ID is an educated guess, better mushroom hunters than me, what are your thoughts?
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Since I’m not certain as to the ID of this mushroom, let’s talk about phylum! Specifically Basidiomycota the phylum of parasol mushroom and most of the mushrooms that you think of when you think “mushroom”. The other major phylum is Ascomycota and it contains such things as yeast, but also some fungi you may be familiar with, like scarlet elf cup, cordyceps, and the Morel!
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Back to Basidiomycota, these species are characterized by their formation of sexual organs called basidium (which shoot out the spores). Fungal hyphae networks, or mycelium eventually produce fruiting bodies that have these basidium. You may have heard of these fruiting bodies… we call them mushrooms!
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Basidiomycota is home to the majority of edible fungi, (and medicinal if I had to guess), but ALSO those are most lethal to humans. I find it very intriguing that both the most beneficial and harmful fungi are in the same phylum!
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Basidiomycota ballistically discharge their spores out into the world which then begin to germinate and seek out other compatible spores. Once the compatible spores have found each other they will fuse in a process that is called plasmogamy! The hyphae of the two original spores, plus the hyphae from the new fused spore will continue to germinate which will eventually result in a beautiful mushroom that will once again send its spore out into the world and continue this process along!
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And that my friends, is where your delicious, medicinal, and lethal mushrooms come from! I hope you enjoyed this deeper exploration into the biology of fungi, specifically those in the Basidiomycota phylum, and more specifically, mushrooms! Mycologist friends, check me on this, I want to make sure I didn’t over simplify things!
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Let me know if you guys want more deep dives like this! Until next time, get out there and find some mushrooms!
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Note: the divisons of these phyla and their importance was introduced to my by my friend Scott of @woodlandcravings , check him out!
Parasol Mushroom* - Macrolepiota procera . *Note: this ID is an educated guess, better mushroom hunters than me, what are your thoughts? . Since I’m not certain as to the ID of this mushroom, let’s talk about phylum! Specifically Basidiomycota the phylum of parasol mushroom and most of the mushrooms that you think of when you think “mushroom”. The other major phylum is Ascomycota and it contains such things as yeast, but also some fungi you may be familiar with, like scarlet elf cup, cordyceps, and the Morel! . Back to Basidiomycota, these species are characterized by their formation of sexual organs called basidium (which shoot out the spores). Fungal hyphae networks, or mycelium eventually produce fruiting bodies that have these basidium. You may have heard of these fruiting bodies… we call them mushrooms! . Basidiomycota is home to the majority of edible fungi, (and medicinal if I had to guess), but ALSO those are most lethal to humans. I find it very intriguing that both the most beneficial and harmful fungi are in the same phylum! . Basidiomycota ballistically discharge their spores out into the world which then begin to germinate and seek out other compatible spores. Once the compatible spores have found each other they will fuse in a process that is called plasmogamy! The hyphae of the two original spores, plus the hyphae from the new fused spore will continue to germinate which will eventually result in a beautiful mushroom that will once again send its spore out into the world and continue this process along! . And that my friends, is where your delicious, medicinal, and lethal mushrooms come from! I hope you enjoyed this deeper exploration into the biology of fungi, specifically those in the Basidiomycota phylum, and more specifically, mushrooms! Mycologist friends, check me on this, I want to make sure I didn’t over simplify things! . Let me know if you guys want more deep dives like this! Until next time, get out there and find some mushrooms! . Note: the divisons of these phyla and their importance was introduced to my by my friend Scott of @woodlandcravings , check him out!
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~Wild burdock medicine~
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Harvesting burdock roots for medicine and food with my love at the perfect time of year; when the energy is down giving more potency to the roots below ground. This burdock  was identified as Woolly burdock, Arctium tomentosum.
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Burdock root is a blood purifier, containing active ingredients that have been found to detoxify heavy metals from the blood. As a natural blood cleanser, it has a wonderful effect on the lymphatic system. It strengthens the lymphatic system by helping to induce lymphatic drainage and detoxification. Burdock root is also a natural diuretic meaning it stimulates the kidneys and help the body get rid of excess fluid, mainly water and sodium. .
This cleansing plant is a wonderful ally for us on our healing journies as we cleanse our bodies from impurities, toxins, bad bacterias etc. We made a tincture with organic alcohol and roasted the roots to eat with our dinner which were delicious. They tasted like a mixture between potato and parsnip and was a wonderful feeling to forage a wild food with a bit of sustenance, a pleasant belly-filling change to the foraged greens I mostly eat.
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Burdock has a long tap root and so must be dug out carefully to avoid snapping it and as burdocks are biennial they must be harvested in their first year. This is because in their second year they put their energy into flowering and so the root becomes tough and woody and devoid of it's medicinal potency, a sad discovery in my earlier, less-experienced foraging days.
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Giving thanks to Pachamama's medicines... 🙏🏽❤🌿🌍🌿❤🙏🏽
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#herbalmedicine #backtotheroots #herbalism #wildfood #wildmedicine #plantpower #wildcrafting #foragedfood #ratherhuntgather #earthlove
🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿 ~Wild burdock medicine~ 🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿 . Harvesting burdock roots for medicine and food with my love at the perfect time of year; when the energy is down giving more potency to the roots below ground. This burdock was identified as Woolly burdock, Arctium tomentosum. . Burdock root is a blood purifier, containing active ingredients that have been found to detoxify heavy metals from the blood. As a natural blood cleanser, it has a wonderful effect on the lymphatic system. It strengthens the lymphatic system by helping to induce lymphatic drainage and detoxification. Burdock root is also a natural diuretic meaning it stimulates the kidneys and help the body get rid of excess fluid, mainly water and sodium. . This cleansing plant is a wonderful ally for us on our healing journies as we cleanse our bodies from impurities, toxins, bad bacterias etc. We made a tincture with organic alcohol and roasted the roots to eat with our dinner which were delicious. They tasted like a mixture between potato and parsnip and was a wonderful feeling to forage a wild food with a bit of sustenance, a pleasant belly-filling change to the foraged greens I mostly eat. . Burdock has a long tap root and so must be dug out carefully to avoid snapping it and as burdocks are biennial they must be harvested in their first year. This is because in their second year they put their energy into flowering and so the root becomes tough and woody and devoid of it's medicinal potency, a sad discovery in my earlier, less-experienced foraging days. . Giving thanks to Pachamama's medicines... 🙏🏽❤🌿🌍🌿❤🙏🏽 . #herbalmedicine  #backtotheroots  #herbalism  #wildfood  #wildmedicine  #plantpower  #wildcrafting  #foragedfood  #ratherhuntgather  #earthlove 
It’s interesting that some might dislike that I would kill an animal. I love animals, and I love all life. Sadly, I kill life all of the time. But so does everyone. What about all of the plants that are killed to grow food. I killed about 1000 plants just weeding my garden a little bit. Think of industrial farms. Think of all of the developments going in all over the country. The life these things kill, far outweighs the few squirrels I eat per year. And I have respect when I take a life. Luckily the squirrel I took, will be replaced quickly with another, because all the life that the squirrel kills to eat, wasn’t destroyed by humans. 
Our relationship with nature runs deep. As deep as it gets. Do you notice every time you are the cause of death for some life form? .
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#respectnature #life #squirrel #liver #heart #babyfood #notyourtypicalbabyfood #yum #wildfood #intouchwithnature #knowwhereyourfoodcomesfrom #killtoeat #circleoflife #selfsufficiency #selfsustaining #foodsovereignty #growfoodnotlawns #destructionofhabitat #destructionofwildlife #ratherhuntgather #meat #huntforfood #foodiseverywhere #eatsustainable #takealifetolivealife
It’s interesting that some might dislike that I would kill an animal. I love animals, and I love all life. Sadly, I kill life all of the time. But so does everyone. What about all of the plants that are killed to grow food. I killed about 1000 plants just weeding my garden a little bit. Think of industrial farms. Think of all of the developments going in all over the country. The life these things kill, far outweighs the few squirrels I eat per year. And I have respect when I take a life. Luckily the squirrel I took, will be replaced quickly with another, because all the life that the squirrel kills to eat, wasn’t destroyed by humans. Our relationship with nature runs deep. As deep as it gets. Do you notice every time you are the cause of death for some life form? . . . . #respectnature  #life  #squirrel  #liver  #heart  #babyfood  #notyourtypicalbabyfood  #yum  #wildfood  #intouchwithnature  #knowwhereyourfoodcomesfrom  #killtoeat  #circleoflife  #selfsufficiency  #selfsustaining  #foodsovereignty  #growfoodnotlawns  #destructionofhabitat  #destructionofwildlife  #ratherhuntgather  #meat  #huntforfood  #foodiseverywhere  #eatsustainable  #takealifetolivealife 
Venison backstrap and hen of the woods hot off a charcoal grill. Wish everyone could smell this!
#ratherhuntgather #henswoods #venison #huntergatherer
Another blessing; several lbs of superb Prickly Pear Cactus fruit, an Ancestral delicacy! After despining the fruit with agitation and rinsing, we will present a gift back to the neighbor who graced us with her generosity today. We will also be returning a gift to the plant, some extra peppers from the garden, returning our surplus to the land and Teacher, who gives without demanding anything in return; making it more important to listen to the whisper in thyself, “Give back...”
#ratherhuntgather #gratitude #teacherplants, #rewildyourself #highernutrition #engageyourecology
Another blessing; several lbs of superb Prickly Pear Cactus fruit, an Ancestral delicacy! After despining the fruit with agitation and rinsing, we will present a gift back to the neighbor who graced us with her generosity today. We will also be returning a gift to the plant, some extra peppers from the garden, returning our surplus to the land and Teacher, who gives without demanding anything in return; making it more important to listen to the whisper in thyself, “Give back...” #ratherhuntgather  #gratitude  #teacherplants , #rewildyourself  #highernutrition  #engageyourecology 
Black Walnut is truly a Keystone Species for the modern Hunter/Gatherer. It provides an immense amount of shade in our yard, the hulls can be made into dye for textiles, the tincture has been used by the Ancestors as anti parasite, laxative, and antipathogen, the nuts are a verifiable “superfood” packing more protein per serving than many other nuts, as well as a multitude of other vitamins and minerals, and in late winter, we are looking forward to asking these mighty trees to share in their bounty of sap, which is easily drank as-is for superior hydration, or boiled into sap, similar to Maple syrup. #ecosystemsmajorintrees #ratherhuntgather #juglansnigra #teacherplants #gratitude #weareecology
Black Walnut is truly a Keystone Species for the modern Hunter/Gatherer. It provides an immense amount of shade in our yard, the hulls can be made into dye for textiles, the tincture has been used by the Ancestors as anti parasite, laxative, and antipathogen, the nuts are a verifiable “superfood” packing more protein per serving than many other nuts, as well as a multitude of other vitamins and minerals, and in late winter, we are looking forward to asking these mighty trees to share in their bounty of sap, which is easily drank as-is for superior hydration, or boiled into sap, similar to Maple syrup. #ecosystemsmajorintrees  #ratherhuntgather  #juglansnigra  #teacherplants  #gratitude  #weareecology 
Now that you all have seen one of the most beautiful displays of Turkey Tail Mushrooms (Trametes versicolor), I now present you with a look-alike! This is NOT a Turkey Tail! Although there are some similarities, the key giveaway is when you look at the bottom side of this mushroom. True Turkey Tails have a white underside with tiny, almost microscopic pores. Where this fungus has gill like structures.
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The most important thing with ALL wild edibles/medicines is being 100% positive with YOUR identification. Sending photos to friends, or experts online should never be your only confirmation of that species you may have. Always do the proper research and keep yourself SAFE!
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As for what species of mushroom this is, I actually do not know. Maybe @leah_mycelia would be able to key this baby out?
Now that you all have seen one of the most beautiful displays of Turkey Tail Mushrooms (Trametes versicolor), I now present you with a look-alike! This is NOT a Turkey Tail! Although there are some similarities, the key giveaway is when you look at the bottom side of this mushroom. True Turkey Tails have a white underside with tiny, almost microscopic pores. Where this fungus has gill like structures. . . The most important thing with ALL wild edibles/medicines is being 100% positive with YOUR identification. Sending photos to friends, or experts online should never be your only confirmation of that species you may have. Always do the proper research and keep yourself SAFE! . . As for what species of mushroom this is, I actually do not know. Maybe @leah_mycelia would be able to key this baby out?
Today we confirmed a nice stand of Smooth sumac, Rhus glabra, and brought some fruits home. Thanks to @terrykoval for helping us take our preservation to the next level and some cooking suggestions and @whitwhitmire for ID assist! We will be dehydrating these to grind as needed for seasoning through the winter. They’ll supply a variety of nutrient and flavor variation for dressings, dry seasonings, and maybe even some pink lemonade. When the time comes, we can return to the plants we harvested from and remove the inner bark to make a potent antiviral and antibacterial tincture to help us through some colder nights in January and February. #teacherplants #gratitude #wisetraditions #transcenddomestication #ratherhuntgather #anewpath #takebackthepower
Today we confirmed a nice stand of Smooth sumac, Rhus glabra, and brought some fruits home. Thanks to @terrykoval for helping us take our preservation to the next level and some cooking suggestions and @whitwhitmire for ID assist! We will be dehydrating these to grind as needed for seasoning through the winter. They’ll supply a variety of nutrient and flavor variation for dressings, dry seasonings, and maybe even some pink lemonade. When the time comes, we can return to the plants we harvested from and remove the inner bark to make a potent antiviral and antibacterial tincture to help us through some colder nights in January and February. #teacherplants  #gratitude  #wisetraditions  #transcenddomestication  #ratherhuntgather  #anewpath  #takebackthepower 
𝙉𝙚𝙬 𝙩𝙤𝙤𝙡, 𝙤𝙡𝙙 𝙬𝙖𝙮𝙨 🍏🍎🍏🍎🍏
I picked up this old fruit picker for £4 and recycled the leg of some old torn @iamseed_ trousers to get it back into working order. 
This tool performed wonderfully; dramatically increasing the amount I could gather, allowing me to get to walnuts that had been out of reach, and cradling ripe apples saving them from bruising.
Last Wednesday with this tool in hand I gathered over 10kg of wild food to supplement our diet.
#gatherer #fruitpicker #recycle #oldtools #newtome #foraging #huntergatherer #wildfood #wilddiet #rewild #rewilding #rewildyourlife #autumn #gather #feralfood #feralapples #gather #ratherhuntgather
𝙉𝙚𝙬 𝙩𝙤𝙤𝙡, 𝙤𝙡𝙙 𝙬𝙖𝙮𝙨 🍏🍎🍏🍎🍏 I picked up this old fruit picker for £4 and recycled the leg of some old torn @iamseed_ trousers to get it back into working order. This tool performed wonderfully; dramatically increasing the amount I could gather, allowing me to get to walnuts that had been out of reach, and cradling ripe apples saving them from bruising. Last Wednesday with this tool in hand I gathered over 10kg of wild food to supplement our diet. #gatherer  #fruitpicker  #recycle  #oldtools  #newtome  #foraging  #huntergatherer  #wildfood  #wilddiet  #rewild  #rewilding  #rewildyourlife  #autumn  #gather  #feralfood  #feralapples  #gather  #ratherhuntgather 
#acorn season is upon us here in southern Indiana! Get a load of these beauties I found in the woods behind my garden! So low in tannins you could almost enjoy them raw. If you need me I’ll be doing my best squirrel impression over yonder for the next coupl’a weeks! ✌️🐿 #acorns #acornsarepeoplefoodtoo #allyournutsarebelongtous #ratherhuntgather #wildfoodlove #foraging #wildfoods #wheredoesyourfoodcomefrom #staplefood #natureconnection #backtotheland #modernhomesteading #rewildyourself
#acorn  season is upon us here in southern Indiana! Get a load of these beauties I found in the woods behind my garden! So low in tannins you could almost enjoy them raw. If you need me I’ll be doing my best squirrel impression over yonder for the next coupl’a weeks! ✌️🐿 #acorns  #acornsarepeoplefoodtoo  #allyournutsarebelongtous  #ratherhuntgather  #wildfoodlove  #foraging  #wildfoods  #wheredoesyourfoodcomefrom  #staplefood  #natureconnection  #backtotheland  #modernhomesteading  #rewildyourself 
Wintergreen berry! Probably the first thing I ever learned I could forage for as a child. Perfect for little fingers on a walk through the woods. Easy to spot. Hard to confuse. #ratherhuntgather #wildberries #wildfood #kidsforaging #foraging #goingforwalks #walkinginwoods
Beautiful ocean adventuring with my homie @neutral_things. So many wild places still exist, took me some time to realize this when coming back to the South Coast.  Had to go beyond what I imagined, had to hold my breath and go under.  Wild times man, glad we are sticking with this!  Red tail hawks, butterfly wings followed by swimming monarchs, ocean cave exploring, intimate moments before the shot which resulted in a kill, epic epic horizon lines dissolving what is sky and ocean, rain falling, splashing little drops of the source all around, sparking and firing all of the senses and then some .  And of course the catch.  Forever grateful for the life I put in my body and for the life I can share with friends.  Seems like creating a very real/tangible relationship and practice with your food is a good step in shifting what has become an ever deepening disconnection.
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Maybe a bit hypocritical but putting this wild piece of technology away for a bit and immersing myself in the water in this case or in the forest or in the field has changed a lot for me.  Deepened my desire to #regenerateourfoodsystem .
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#spearfishing #hawainsling #polespearinforthewin #jettycavediving #cantholdmybreaththatlong #seatotabletobellies #ratherhuntgather #jammin #beauty #oceanshivers
Beautiful ocean adventuring with my homie @neutral_things. So many wild places still exist, took me some time to realize this when coming back to the South Coast. Had to go beyond what I imagined, had to hold my breath and go under. Wild times man, glad we are sticking with this! Red tail hawks, butterfly wings followed by swimming monarchs, ocean cave exploring, intimate moments before the shot which resulted in a kill, epic epic horizon lines dissolving what is sky and ocean, rain falling, splashing little drops of the source all around, sparking and firing all of the senses and then some . And of course the catch. Forever grateful for the life I put in my body and for the life I can share with friends. Seems like creating a very real/tangible relationship and practice with your food is a good step in shifting what has become an ever deepening disconnection. . Maybe a bit hypocritical but putting this wild piece of technology away for a bit and immersing myself in the water in this case or in the forest or in the field has changed a lot for me. Deepened my desire to #regenerateourfoodsystem  . . . #spearfishing  #hawainsling  #polespearinforthewin  #jettycavediving  #cantholdmybreaththatlong  #seatotabletobellies  #ratherhuntgather  #jammin  #beauty  #oceanshivers 
Fly Agaric - Amanita muscaria
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Happy National Mushroom Day to my American friends! (thanks @freestateforager for reminding me)
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After a long and mostly sparse hike, I was delighted to spot this beauty off of the path that I was following. It is the FIRST muscaria that I have ever found! If there are any mushroom ID aficionados out there, I'd love some help with the variety! The red variety is arguably the most recognizable mushroom in the world, but here in the Southeast, we don't tend to find them quite so red, but rather yellow to orange.
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This mushroom is toxic, but there are methods to rendering the mushroom edible (although I cannot recommend as I have not tried it myself and misidentification is common with this genus). The toxins of muscaria are water soluble, so thorough boiling can leave you with edible mushrooms (reminds me of the practice of boiling poke weed in changes of water for consumption). Amanita contains several lethally toxic species, so I cannot emphasize enough how much caution is required here. I would not recommend eating this mushroom without the supervision or guidance of an expert.
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Many mushroom hunters have long relationships with the species, but I am just starting mine! The Autumn season is bringing them out all around me and it is quite exciting. This past weekend I was very fortunate to get to go foraging with @woodlandcravings and we found several different species of Amanita! (Look out for them in coming posts).
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When I first found the one pictured here, I was with my dad and it was the first time that I've been able to go mushroom hunting with him. It really is an amazing thing to get to share your passions with those that you love. By the end of the hike, he was pointing out some fascinating mushrooms that I would have missed! (This being one of them) And, correctly identifying True Turkey Tails.
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So to all your foragers (and future foragers) out there, take your family with you! It is so incredibly rewarding to get to share this practice with them. In order to do that, I'm going to need you guys to KEEP foraging and BE feral. Until next time my friends...
Fly Agaric - Amanita muscaria . Happy National Mushroom Day to my American friends! (thanks @freestateforager for reminding me) . After a long and mostly sparse hike, I was delighted to spot this beauty off of the path that I was following. It is the FIRST muscaria that I have ever found! If there are any mushroom ID aficionados out there, I'd love some help with the variety! The red variety is arguably the most recognizable mushroom in the world, but here in the Southeast, we don't tend to find them quite so red, but rather yellow to orange. . This mushroom is toxic, but there are methods to rendering the mushroom edible (although I cannot recommend as I have not tried it myself and misidentification is common with this genus). The toxins of muscaria are water soluble, so thorough boiling can leave you with edible mushrooms (reminds me of the practice of boiling poke weed in changes of water for consumption). Amanita contains several lethally toxic species, so I cannot emphasize enough how much caution is required here. I would not recommend eating this mushroom without the supervision or guidance of an expert. . Many mushroom hunters have long relationships with the species, but I am just starting mine! The Autumn season is bringing them out all around me and it is quite exciting. This past weekend I was very fortunate to get to go foraging with @woodlandcravings and we found several different species of Amanita! (Look out for them in coming posts). . When I first found the one pictured here, I was with my dad and it was the first time that I've been able to go mushroom hunting with him. It really is an amazing thing to get to share your passions with those that you love. By the end of the hike, he was pointing out some fascinating mushrooms that I would have missed! (This being one of them) And, correctly identifying True Turkey Tails. . So to all your foragers (and future foragers) out there, take your family with you! It is so incredibly rewarding to get to share this practice with them. In order to do that, I'm going to need you guys to KEEP foraging and BE feral. Until next time my friends...
Got to test out my new rod and reel today. A 10’ Penn Prevail and Penn Spinfisher V with the live liner feature. Didn’t catch anything but it was super fun just seeing what it was capable of. Chucking around some 4 oz. weights and bunker. Little blues stole all my bait. I think I could step it down to 3 oz. and still get plenty of distance and anchoring. #pennfishing #pennfishingreels #pennspinfisher #lbi #longbeachisland #nj #wildnj #scenicnj #scenicnewjersey #beach #foraging #ratherhuntgather #bluefish #striper #stripedbass #womenwhofish #fishing #tightlines #bentrods #fishinglife #getoutside #itsinmynature
Got to test out my new rod and reel today. A 10’ Penn Prevail and Penn Spinfisher V with the live liner feature. Didn’t catch anything but it was super fun just seeing what it was capable of. Chucking around some 4 oz. weights and bunker. Little blues stole all my bait. I think I could step it down to 3 oz. and still get plenty of distance and anchoring. #pennfishing  #pennfishingreels  #pennspinfisher  #lbi  #longbeachisland  #nj  #wildnj  #scenicnj  #scenicnewjersey  #beach  #foraging  #ratherhuntgather  #bluefish  #striper  #stripedbass  #womenwhofish  #fishing  #tightlines  #bentrods  #fishinglife  #getoutside  #itsinmynature 
Took my #foragersvest to forage acorns yesterday.  Perfect design for efficient and quick harvesting.  We filled the pockets a few times! Now the acorns are drying in our pizza oven which is still slightly warm from firing it on Saturday. 
Vest designed by #sewliberated and published in @taprootmag
Took my #foragersvest  to forage acorns yesterday. Perfect design for efficient and quick harvesting. We filled the pockets a few times! Now the acorns are drying in our pizza oven which is still slightly warm from firing it on Saturday. Vest designed by #sewliberated  and published in @taprootmag
Happy National Mushroom Day from the first lion's mane mushroom of the season! .
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Although small, it is a very welcomed sign of what's to come. Here, in south Mississippi, this species peaks around the end of December. In years' past I have found specimens weighing well over 20 pounds. I have one tree that I have returned to for two consecutive years and harvested 35lb+ mushrooms from. I'm hoping this season brings back the giants of years past! #nationalmushroomday #wildfoodlove #ratherhuntgather #lionsmane #mushroom #fungilove
Happy National Mushroom Day from the first lion's mane mushroom of the season! . . . Although small, it is a very welcomed sign of what's to come. Here, in south Mississippi, this species peaks around the end of December. In years' past I have found specimens weighing well over 20 pounds. I have one tree that I have returned to for two consecutive years and harvested 35lb+ mushrooms from. I'm hoping this season brings back the giants of years past! #nationalmushroomday  #wildfoodlove  #ratherhuntgather  #lionsmane  #mushroom  #fungilove 
My Queen scoring big with these Cauliflowers! But the plants are telling her to stay hush about it. 🤫🌱
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What’s your favorite recipe for these delicious mushrooms?
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It’s about time to unveil more foraged food finds after this one! 🧙🏻‍♂️
My Queen scoring big with these Cauliflowers! But the plants are telling her to stay hush about it. 🤫🌱 . . What’s your favorite recipe for these delicious mushrooms? . . It’s about time to unveil more foraged food finds after this one! 🧙🏻‍♂️
A nice birds eye view of the Cauliflower Mushroom (Sparassis spathulata)!
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What does this cauliflower mushroom look like to you?
A nice birds eye view of the Cauliflower Mushroom (Sparassis spathulata)! . . What does this cauliflower mushroom look like to you?
While in Texas, I camped at a really cool State Park! As all of you should know, especially if you’re a forager, there are some places where harvesting is off limits! These lands are protected for the sake of conservation and preservation. So always be sure to know the rules and regulations of any location you might want to scout for edibles. .
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While camping in these places I get to purely focus on roaming around the trails and taking photos of everything I can find. And to your surprise I again found more Cauliflower Mushrooms (Sparassis spathulata)! I was excited to find this here because I knew I wanted to show the ranger on duty what was growing in the park!
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I love being able to educate as many people as I can, especially those who are doing the good work to keep our lands protected and managed.
While in Texas, I camped at a really cool State Park! As all of you should know, especially if you’re a forager, there are some places where harvesting is off limits! These lands are protected for the sake of conservation and preservation. So always be sure to know the rules and regulations of any location you might want to scout for edibles. . . While camping in these places I get to purely focus on roaming around the trails and taking photos of everything I can find. And to your surprise I again found more Cauliflower Mushrooms (Sparassis spathulata)! I was excited to find this here because I knew I wanted to show the ranger on duty what was growing in the park! . . I love being able to educate as many people as I can, especially those who are doing the good work to keep our lands protected and managed.
Inspired by everyone posting all mushroom abundance lately finally got my hands on some  #henofthewoods #grifolafrondosa #lionsmane #hericiumerinaceus #rookieforager #ratherhuntgather
It is drying season. Herbs, nuts and mushrooms all scattered amongst the house. A frost is coming tonight. Trying my best to gather what I can before it comes. It's cooler outside, but a warmth grows around our home. Clam chowder is simmering, family is relaxing, and the cider gruit has just been bottled. I'm ready for fall.🍁 #dryingflowers #herbdrying #mushroom #mushroomdrying #autumn #ratherhuntgather #forage #forager #rewild #harvest #naturesharvest #bewild #witchy #witchaesthetic
It is drying season. Herbs, nuts and mushrooms all scattered amongst the house. A frost is coming tonight. Trying my best to gather what I can before it comes. It's cooler outside, but a warmth grows around our home. Clam chowder is simmering, family is relaxing, and the cider gruit has just been bottled. I'm ready for fall.🍁 #dryingflowers  #herbdrying  #mushroom  #mushroomdrying  #autumn  #ratherhuntgather  #forage  #forager  #rewild  #harvest  #naturesharvest  #bewild  #witchy  #witchaesthetic 
I am filled with gratitude today as I was able to harvest a mallard and a teal duck. I still get caught up in the emotions involved in the cycle of life and death when I take an animal’s life. I am glad I am not numb to it, because it makes me respect the animal and the food it becomes, that much more.  I wanted to share how I go about this (even though I am no expert). Many simply take the breast out of the bird.  Here, I plucked its feathers, and burned off what pin feathers could not be plucked. From there, all salvageable organs (typically the heart,  gizzard, and liver) are set aside until i get enough to fry up.  Then I fillet the breast from the bone all the way around to the back, and cut across to include the thigh and drum.  This is much more meat than just taking the breast.  Finally, we will cook the carcass with some veggies and water to make a stock.  These two animals will give us at least 3 meals.  I encourage everyone to experience how their food is obtained, being plant or animal, to gain a respect for what it was and where it came from. #ratherhuntgather
I am filled with gratitude today as I was able to harvest a mallard and a teal duck. I still get caught up in the emotions involved in the cycle of life and death when I take an animal’s life. I am glad I am not numb to it, because it makes me respect the animal and the food it becomes, that much more. I wanted to share how I go about this (even though I am no expert). Many simply take the breast out of the bird. Here, I plucked its feathers, and burned off what pin feathers could not be plucked. From there, all salvageable organs (typically the heart, gizzard, and liver) are set aside until i get enough to fry up. Then I fillet the breast from the bone all the way around to the back, and cut across to include the thigh and drum. This is much more meat than just taking the breast. Finally, we will cook the carcass with some veggies and water to make a stock. These two animals will give us at least 3 meals. I encourage everyone to experience how their food is obtained, being plant or animal, to gain a respect for what it was and where it came from. #ratherhuntgather 
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When you go into the woods with care, love, and respect, you happen upon things that give you a feeling that can only be found in the forest. This feeling of thankfulness, of true joy, is such a powerful one that it’s easy to get addicted. 
This feeling, seems like an important boost to the overall health of the individual experiencing it. Maybe it’s an important part of a fully healthy lifestyle. It seems we feel our best when we’re connected with nature and ourselves, and our basket is full of the best food we could ask for. Maybe this is part of being fully human. Maybe we have to forage, to fully mature. 
Just some thoughts. What do you think?
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#mothernature #wildmushrooms #earth #forest #forestteachings #wildfood #thankful #wellrounded #growing #listen #look #forageforlife #forage #ratherhuntgather #learning #growingwithnature #inourblood #inourdna #lovenature #lovetheforest #eattheforest #beonewithnature #growwild #maturing
When you go into the woods with care, love, and respect, you happen upon things that give you a feeling that can only be found in the forest. This feeling of thankfulness, of true joy, is such a powerful one that it’s easy to get addicted. This feeling, seems like an important boost to the overall health of the individual experiencing it. Maybe it’s an important part of a fully healthy lifestyle. It seems we feel our best when we’re connected with nature and ourselves, and our basket is full of the best food we could ask for. Maybe this is part of being fully human. Maybe we have to forage, to fully mature. Just some thoughts. What do you think? . . . . . #mothernature  #wildmushrooms  #earth  #forest  #forestteachings  #wildfood  #thankful  #wellrounded  #growing  #listen  #look  #forageforlife  #forage  #ratherhuntgather  #learning  #growingwithnature  #inourblood  #inourdna  #lovenature  #lovetheforest  #eattheforest  #beonewithnature  #growwild  #maturing 
What can I say? I’m just excited to show you the gifts of the forest. Spa-spa-sparassis for days!
What can I say? I’m just excited to show you the gifts of the forest. Spa-spa-sparassis for days!
A successful evening in the Oak woods.
A successful evening in the Oak woods.
I have never forgotten the ways of my people.

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#suburbia #rewilding #rewild #ratherhuntgather
...unreal to walk on 40 meters of Ice! One doesn't see it because of the gravel at first until it hit's you... and it is melting at a fast pace...
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#mountain #barefoot #barefootrunning #earthrunners #minimalist #gear #trail #running #runasyouare  #makeeverystepaprayer #givethankseveryday #rewild #rewilding #rewildyourself  #runwild  #wilderness  #nature #natur #hiking #zugspitz #germany #awareness #safetheglaciers #rettetdiegletscher  #worldrunners #diy #doityourself #safetheglacier #ratherhuntgather
...unreal to walk on 40 meters of Ice! One doesn't see it because of the gravel at first until it hit's you... and it is melting at a fast pace... . . . #mountain  #barefoot  #barefootrunning  #earthrunners  #minimalist  #gear  #trail  #running  #runasyouare  #makeeverystepaprayer  #givethankseveryday  #rewild  #rewilding  #rewildyourself  #runwild  #wilderness  #nature  #natur  #hiking  #zugspitz  #germany  #awareness  #safetheglaciers  #rettetdiegletscher  #worldrunners  #diy  #doityourself  #safetheglacier  #ratherhuntgather 
To share the journey of a hunt with another soul is a special thing. To pass on knowledge and skill, to share a passion and a journey, to be present fully in the wild is a gift like no other. These days fuel my life, charge my battery and inspire my actions. .
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#rewild #hunting #fishing #health #ratherhuntgather #connection
#wild #huntergatherer #nature #wildmeat #healthyfood #tribe #healthylifestyle #spirit #reverence #providing #nature #deer #outdoors #huntergatherer #loveofnature
To share the journey of a hunt with another soul is a special thing. To pass on knowledge and skill, to share a passion and a journey, to be present fully in the wild is a gift like no other. These days fuel my life, charge my battery and inspire my actions. . . . . #rewild  #hunting  #fishing  #health  #ratherhuntgather  #connection  #wild  #huntergatherer  #nature  #wildmeat  #healthyfood  #tribe  #healthylifestyle  #spirit  #reverence  #providing  #nature  #deer  #outdoors  #huntergatherer  #loveofnature 
The cauliflower mushrooms in eastern Texas were everywhere! I made off like a bandit! Also got to trade some of these babies with a chef in Austin!
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I am a bit off grid at the moment too! So my posts may be sporadic! We run the cell phone booster every now and again. More foraging fun to come!
The cauliflower mushrooms in eastern Texas were everywhere! I made off like a bandit! Also got to trade some of these babies with a chef in Austin! . . I am a bit off grid at the moment too! So my posts may be sporadic! We run the cell phone booster every now and again. More foraging fun to come!
Three gallons of shagbark #hickorynuts gathered underneath a single tree before dinner this evening! I am baffled that I managed to get to these before the squirrels, but I ain’t mad about it! 🙏
Three gallons of shagbark #hickorynuts  gathered underneath a single tree before dinner this evening! I am baffled that I managed to get to these before the squirrels, but I ain’t mad about it! 🙏
Tuberous sunflower (Helianthus tuberosus)! 🌻 This plant creates yummy edible tubers full of pro-vitamin A, vitamin B complex, and the minerals calcium, iron (very rich in this mineral), magnesium, and potassium. 💪 The tubers are largest in the late fall, after the stems of the plant have died, and in the early spring, prior to the production of new shoots. These plants grow vigorously and tolerate low to moderate levels of human collection quite well.  We cook this food for a prolonged time to aid the digestive process of lots of inulin (our best defense from colon cancer!). This is a food of the Cherokee, Cheyenne, Dakota, Huron, Iroquois, Lakota, and several other peoples, now including us. 😋  Also, the stalks can be used as spindles for hand-drill! 🔥 Read more in #ancestralplants Volume 2. PS—This is NOT an artichoke from Jerusalem. 🙄
Tuberous sunflower (Helianthus tuberosus)! 🌻 This plant creates yummy edible tubers full of pro-vitamin A, vitamin B complex, and the minerals calcium, iron (very rich in this mineral), magnesium, and potassium. 💪 The tubers are largest in the late fall, after the stems of the plant have died, and in the early spring, prior to the production of new shoots. These plants grow vigorously and tolerate low to moderate levels of human collection quite well. We cook this food for a prolonged time to aid the digestive process of lots of inulin (our best defense from colon cancer!). This is a food of the Cherokee, Cheyenne, Dakota, Huron, Iroquois, Lakota, and several other peoples, now including us. 😋 Also, the stalks can be used as spindles for hand-drill! 🔥 Read more in #ancestralplants  Volume 2. PS—This is NOT an artichoke from Jerusalem. 🙄
Elephant's Foot - Elephantopus tomentosus
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A very common plant here in the Southeast and I found MANY interesting studies on it. Too many, in fact, this one is going to take a lot more research which I hope to have done next season. For now, I will present some preliminary findings. Have you found and/or used the plant before?
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Elephantopus refers to Elephants (as one would imagine) and tomentosus I believe comes from tomentose which means to be covered in hairs, two indicators of this plant! Not all the species will have a basal rosette, but this one does! (Think similar to mullein) It flowers from about July to late September so it's just now out of bloom.
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I found one study that was observing the anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties of this plant. Acetic acid was used to induce edema in lab mice and Elephantopus was shown to reduce the effects caused by this acid marking it as a possible anti-inflammatory. It was shown to increase pain tolerance in the mice against their injection of carrageenan which causes hyperalgesia (increased sensitivity).
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Another study reported the medicinal qualities of the plant to be: diuretic, febrifuge, analgesic, anti-helminthic, and anti-inflammatory (now two references of anti-inflammatory and analgesic), these being the traditional uses of the plant. There are so so many more claims of use that I have yet to sift through, so for now, let's go to edibility!
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I have found mention of all parts of the plant to be edible either cooked or fresh (aerial). The plant was known to raise health and even cure jaundice in China. I just discovered this, so next time I find it, I'm going to have to go out and give eating it a shot! Have you tried it before?
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I've been trying to get out a couple last few photos of some classic late summer plants, but it's time for Autumn! I have ONE more summer/fall plant photo to share, then we're off to a bunch of Fall mushrooms and seasonal colors. I can't wait! The fall mushrooms, by the way, are going crazy! I hope you're getting out there foraging and being feral! Let me know which mushrooms you've found so far! Until the next one guys...
Elephant's Foot - Elephantopus tomentosus . A very common plant here in the Southeast and I found MANY interesting studies on it. Too many, in fact, this one is going to take a lot more research which I hope to have done next season. For now, I will present some preliminary findings. Have you found and/or used the plant before? . Elephantopus refers to Elephants (as one would imagine) and tomentosus I believe comes from tomentose which means to be covered in hairs, two indicators of this plant! Not all the species will have a basal rosette, but this one does! (Think similar to mullein) It flowers from about July to late September so it's just now out of bloom. . I found one study that was observing the anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties of this plant. Acetic acid was used to induce edema in lab mice and Elephantopus was shown to reduce the effects caused by this acid marking it as a possible anti-inflammatory. It was shown to increase pain tolerance in the mice against their injection of carrageenan which causes hyperalgesia (increased sensitivity). . Another study reported the medicinal qualities of the plant to be: diuretic, febrifuge, analgesic, anti-helminthic, and anti-inflammatory (now two references of anti-inflammatory and analgesic), these being the traditional uses of the plant. There are so so many more claims of use that I have yet to sift through, so for now, let's go to edibility! . I have found mention of all parts of the plant to be edible either cooked or fresh (aerial). The plant was known to raise health and even cure jaundice in China. I just discovered this, so next time I find it, I'm going to have to go out and give eating it a shot! Have you tried it before? . I've been trying to get out a couple last few photos of some classic late summer plants, but it's time for Autumn! I have ONE more summer/fall plant photo to share, then we're off to a bunch of Fall mushrooms and seasonal colors. I can't wait! The fall mushrooms, by the way, are going crazy! I hope you're getting out there foraging and being feral! Let me know which mushrooms you've found so far! Until the next one guys...
First deer of the year. Food for my family.

#rewild #rewilding #hunting #wildfood #deer #family #hunter #ratherhuntgather
Wild Southland Hare. They’re like small deer. Deep dark red meat. Wild. Free. Healthy. Delicious. Pest control and providing wild game. One day these little adventures will feed my family with quality protein, .
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#rewild #hunting #fishing #health #ratherhuntgather #connection
#wild #huntergatherer #nature #wildmeat #healthyfood #tribe #healthylifestyle #spirit #reverence #providing #nature #deer #outdoors #huntergatherer
Backyard snippins
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When it comes to scallions, I use the majority of the vegetable but re-plant the bulb so that I have a consistent supply of fresh scallions year-round. I love them!
I didn't plant much of a garden this year as I spent most of the spring/summer dealing with the aftermath of the flood, but I am fortunate to have many wild goodies growing naturally right in the backyard ☺
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#scallions #onions #greenonion #goldenrod #sumac #dandelion #cherrytomatoes #forage #ratherhuntgather #herbs #flowers #plants #wild #nature #medicinal #flowerpower #harvest #fresh #positivevibes #greenwitch #wildmedicine #herbalhealing #medicinalherbs #plantsofinstagram #plantlove #kräuter
Backyard snippins · When it comes to scallions, I use the majority of the vegetable but re-plant the bulb so that I have a consistent supply of fresh scallions year-round. I love them! I didn't plant much of a garden this year as I spent most of the spring/summer dealing with the aftermath of the flood, but I am fortunate to have many wild goodies growing naturally right in the backyard ☺ · #scallions  #onions  #greenonion  #goldenrod  #sumac  #dandelion  #cherrytomatoes  #forage  #ratherhuntgather  #herbs  #flowers  #plants  #wild  #nature  #medicinal  #flowerpower  #harvest  #fresh  #positivevibes  #greenwitch  #wildmedicine  #herbalhealing  #medicinalherbs  #plantsofinstagram  #plantlove  #kräuter 
Work outfit. .
“We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.” #AldoLeopold
Work outfit. . “We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.” #AldoLeopold 
Honey 🍯 mushrooms are everywhere right now!  #gather #forage #rewild #ratherhuntgather seems they like sassafras too!
These are the days. The adventures that fuel me, fill my dreams and my heart. To be out here. Connected, to the land, the forest, the self is spirituality at its purest and finest. Thank god i get to experience this life .
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#rewild #hunting #fishing #health #ratherhuntgather #connection
#wild #huntergatherer #nature #wildmeat #healthyfood #tribe #healthylifestyle #spirit #reverence #providing #nature #deer #outdoors #huntergatherer
Smoked Goose Breast.
Simply phenomenal. 
#mymasterbuiltelectricsmoker #goose #waterfowlhunter #canadageese #smokeon @my_mes @themasterbuilt #womenwhohunt #ratherhuntgather @stevenrinella
Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Mane)  is more delicate than one of its look-a-likes Chlorophyllum rhacodes (Shaggy Parasol). Both are edible however the shaggy manes tend to turn into a soupy mess before getting them into the kitchen. 
#pnwmushrooms
#ratherhuntgather
#coprinusmushroom
#fungi
#ediblemushrooms
#mycology
Stoked to join our rad friends from @saltpointseaweed on the Sonoma coast this afternoon to forage seaweed and hang out with @foragekitchen and @voguemagazine 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻
Stoked to join our rad friends from @saltpointseaweed on the Sonoma coast this afternoon to forage seaweed and hang out with @foragekitchen and @voguemagazine 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻
I made some soda using the three oldest hydrosols I had and a ginger bug. Tastes super yummy but not super fizzy (more syrupy), I'll need to add more sugar next time. Thanks to @grantwallacefarmer
for asking me if I had ever done it ;) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Hydrosols currently available for sale:
*Organic cucumber
*Locally harvested mimosa blossom
*Combo: Colorado blue spruce, hemlock, plantain and jewelweed (my fave). Harvested in NC
*Organic Grapefruit
*Locally harvested goldenrod
->for more info on each hydrosol, check out my etsy shop. #linkinprofile
I made some soda using the three oldest hydrosols I had and a ginger bug. Tastes super yummy but not super fizzy (more syrupy), I'll need to add more sugar next time. Thanks to @grantwallacefarmer for asking me if I had ever done it ;) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Hydrosols currently available for sale: *Organic cucumber *Locally harvested mimosa blossom *Combo: Colorado blue spruce, hemlock, plantain and jewelweed (my fave). Harvested in NC *Organic Grapefruit *Locally harvested goldenrod ->for more info on each hydrosol, check out my etsy shop. #linkinprofile 
Flowering Spurge - Euphorbia corolatta
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This flowering plant has much history with members of its genus being used all over the globe. Let's talk about it!
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The genus name was given by King Juba (~50-20 BC) in honor of his court physician Euphorbus who wrote of a succulent plant in the Atlas mountain discovered to be a powerful laxative. Carl Linnaeus would grant it the official taxonomic name. Spurge comes from a contraction of "espurge", French for "to purge". This particular plant has gone by many common names, snake's milk, purge root, milk purslane, and emetic root. Some are descriptive of its action.
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This plant was first introduced to me by my Herbal Medicine mentor, Darryl Patton. When you cut the plant you will immediately notice a milky latex being secreted from the abrasion (similar to wild lettuce). He described that this can be used on skin ailments (such as warts or cancer). I also found that it can be a skin irritant if exposed in excess on healthy skin.
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Getting to internal actions the history of use of this plant that I found was as a powerful emetic. The root bark will grant this medicinal action. A note of caution: this plant is toxic and improper use will result in violent and unpleasant action and it should not be combined with opiates. One of the attractive qualities of this plant was that its effects (ranging from emetic to diaphoretic to expectorant) can be modulated through quantity (as opposed to ipecac, another emetic).
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For more information on this plant, check out King's American Dispensatory (1898) where I got most of the medicinal information for this plant. I thoroughly enjoyed exploring the history of this plant and its use. I hope you did too! Have you ever found it before?
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#forage #foraging #forageandharvest #wildedibles #wildedible #wildfood #wildmedicine #rewilding #rewild #wildfoodlove #ratherhuntgather #nativeplants #nativeplant #plants_are_magic #herbalism #herbalist #herbalmedicine #plantmedicine #naturephotography #flowerphotography #wildflower #wildflowers #wildflowerlove #wildflowerseason #eattheweeds #flowers #spurge #euphorbia #euphorbiacorolatta
Flowering Spurge - Euphorbia corolatta . This flowering plant has much history with members of its genus being used all over the globe. Let's talk about it! . The genus name was given by King Juba (~50-20 BC) in honor of his court physician Euphorbus who wrote of a succulent plant in the Atlas mountain discovered to be a powerful laxative. Carl Linnaeus would grant it the official taxonomic name. Spurge comes from a contraction of "espurge", French for "to purge". This particular plant has gone by many common names, snake's milk, purge root, milk purslane, and emetic root. Some are descriptive of its action. . This plant was first introduced to me by my Herbal Medicine mentor, Darryl Patton. When you cut the plant you will immediately notice a milky latex being secreted from the abrasion (similar to wild lettuce). He described that this can be used on skin ailments (such as warts or cancer). I also found that it can be a skin irritant if exposed in excess on healthy skin. . Getting to internal actions the history of use of this plant that I found was as a powerful emetic. The root bark will grant this medicinal action. A note of caution: this plant is toxic and improper use will result in violent and unpleasant action and it should not be combined with opiates. One of the attractive qualities of this plant was that its effects (ranging from emetic to diaphoretic to expectorant) can be modulated through quantity (as opposed to ipecac, another emetic). . For more information on this plant, check out King's American Dispensatory (1898) where I got most of the medicinal information for this plant. I thoroughly enjoyed exploring the history of this plant and its use. I hope you did too! Have you ever found it before? . . . . . #forage  #foraging  #forageandharvest  #wildedibles  #wildedible  #wildfood  #wildmedicine  #rewilding  #rewild  #wildfoodlove  #ratherhuntgather  #nativeplants  #nativeplant  #plants_are_magic  #herbalism  #herbalist  #herbalmedicine  #plantmedicine  #naturephotography  #flowerphotography  #wildflower  #wildflowers  #wildflowerlove  #wildflowerseason  #eattheweeds  #flowers  #spurge  #euphorbia  #euphorbiacorolatta 
Solar drying the beginning of this years acorn harvest #acorns #wildfood #ratherhuntgather
I went on my first squirrel hunt this past weekend and now Im wondering what took me so long... they’re super tasty! I brined him for 48 hours in the leftover liquid from a batch of fermented red onions (one of my favorites!) and decided to cook him last night on the grill along with the trout we caught. I was expecting a drier, tough end result but we ended up being shocked by how juicy and tender it was. We served it over some rice cooked with some veggies & dried #azlobsters I harvested last month. We are very blessed to enjoy such fresh, nutritious, & DELICIOUS food! #eatwhatyoukill #grill #realfood #squirrelhunting #trout #ratherhuntgather #hunt2eat #squirrel #naturalnutrition #eatgoodfeelgood
I went on my first squirrel hunt this past weekend and now Im wondering what took me so long... they’re super tasty! I brined him for 48 hours in the leftover liquid from a batch of fermented red onions (one of my favorites!) and decided to cook him last night on the grill along with the trout we caught. I was expecting a drier, tough end result but we ended up being shocked by how juicy and tender it was. We served it over some rice cooked with some veggies & dried #azlobsters  I harvested last month. We are very blessed to enjoy such fresh, nutritious, & DELICIOUS food! #eatwhatyoukill  #grill  #realfood  #squirrelhunting  #trout  #ratherhuntgather  #hunt2eat  #squirrel  #naturalnutrition  #eatgoodfeelgood 
I don’t need Big Bucks, happy to see some Big Jacks from my treestand. 🍄🏹🦌🍂 #forager #hunter #ratherhuntgather #wildfood #donteatthesemushrooms #artemisascendant #woodswoman #womeninthewoods #becominganoutdoorswoman #bowhunting
Beautiful gifts of nature to boost the immune system and my mood. Foraged turkey tail and reishi, nettle, red raspberry leaf, holy basil, peppermint and hibiscus.
Beautiful gifts of nature to boost the immune system and my mood. Foraged turkey tail and reishi, nettle, red raspberry leaf, holy basil, peppermint and hibiscus.
Cooked these beautiful fungi up for dinner tonight - lobster and cauliflower mushrooms. We didn’t find either of these mushrooms last year so this was such a treat.  The flavours and textures are sublime!
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The cauliflower mushroom is in the family of coral fungi and the lobster mushroom is actually the end result of parasitism - a parasitic fungus grows on a certain russula and turns it into a lobster.  Yum!
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Thanks to my nephew for spotting the lobster mushroom @ameliaalcockwhite 🍄
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#lobstermushroom #cauliflowermushroom #mycology #wildfoodlove #foragedfood #forage #pnwbotany #ratherhuntgather #sparassis #hypomyceslactifluorum #pnwonderland #vancouverisland #naturegram #wildfood #rewild #ediblemushrooms
Cooked these beautiful fungi up for dinner tonight - lobster and cauliflower mushrooms. We didn’t find either of these mushrooms last year so this was such a treat. The flavours and textures are sublime! 🍄 . The cauliflower mushroom is in the family of coral fungi and the lobster mushroom is actually the end result of parasitism - a parasitic fungus grows on a certain russula and turns it into a lobster. Yum! 🍄 . Thanks to my nephew for spotting the lobster mushroom @ameliaalcockwhite 🍄 . #lobstermushroom  #cauliflowermushroom  #mycology  #wildfoodlove  #foragedfood  #forage  #pnwbotany  #ratherhuntgather  #sparassis  #hypomyceslactifluorum  #pnwonderland  #vancouverisland  #naturegram  #wildfood  #rewild  #ediblemushrooms 
...so greatful for the waters and every morning we are able to wittness...
Special thanks to the redstags in rut for waking us up with their calls!
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#makeeverystepaprayer #givethankseveryday #rewild #rewilding #rewildyourself #waterislife #naturalspring #wildwater #waterfall #mystic #autumn #source #wilderness #wildnis #nature #natur #natureawareness  #awareness #landscapephotography #morningswim #ravin #sense #feel #natureconnection #oldways #awesome #ratherhuntgather  #naturephotography #naturmystik
...so greatful for the waters and every morning we are able to wittness... Special thanks to the redstags in rut for waking us up with their calls! . . . #makeeverystepaprayer  #givethankseveryday  #rewild  #rewilding  #rewildyourself  #waterislife  #naturalspring  #wildwater  #waterfall  #mystic  #autumn  #source  #wilderness  #wildnis  #nature  #natur  #natureawareness  #awareness  #landscapephotography  #morningswim  #ravin  #sense  #feel  #natureconnection  #oldways  #awesome  #ratherhuntgather  #naturephotography  #naturmystik 
birches are magic .
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feat. a swallowtail? chrysalis and my first chaga! found while gathering kindling 
#yellowbirch #betulaalleghaniensis #chaga #inonotusobliquus
cranberries! yellow and red

#vacciniummacrocarpon
Another beautiful day with wifey, @kristavelasquez . We fumbled through the rice patches, slowly learning the traditional techniques, all while poking fun at how bad our abilities must be compared to an experienced team.  I am filled with happiness as we welcome this tradition, that has been slowly lost, as one of our own traditions. #manoomin #ratherhuntandgather #notawallofgreen #wildrice #traditions
Another beautiful day with wifey, @kristavelasquez . We fumbled through the rice patches, slowly learning the traditional techniques, all while poking fun at how bad our abilities must be compared to an experienced team. I am filled with happiness as we welcome this tradition, that has been slowly lost, as one of our own traditions. #manoomin  #ratherhuntandgather  #notawallofgreen  #wildrice  #traditions 
Here are some shots showing the traditional #manoomin harvest, with my partner in  crime. #notawallofgreen #wildrice