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Bladder Wrack seaweed, Fucus vesiculosus I harvested for the apothecary Saturday. #ratherhuntgather also works great for insulation for keeping the hot summer sun off your bushels, keeping your bivalve or crustacean harvest nice and cool 😎
Bladder Wrack seaweed, Fucus vesiculosus I harvested for the apothecary Saturday. #ratherhuntgather  also works great for insulation for keeping the hot summer sun off your bushels, keeping your bivalve or crustacean harvest nice and cool 😎
Pretty stoked about these wild #oystermushrooms I found while out on a leisurely stroll with the dog boy this evening! 
I was hoping we might stumble upon some chicken of the woods, but these will make a lovely addition to my dinner all the same! 
Also spotted some dime-sized puffballs to return to later in the week, and scoped out pawpaws and spicebush to come back to a few weeks from now. Hickory nuts are dropping but I only saw what appeared to be pignuts in this particular neck of the woods, which aren’t so ideal for eating.
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#wildfoodlove #mushroomsociety #wildmushrooms #rewildyourlife #ratherhuntgather #foodfromtheearth #foraging
Pretty stoked about these wild #oystermushrooms  I found while out on a leisurely stroll with the dog boy this evening! I was hoping we might stumble upon some chicken of the woods, but these will make a lovely addition to my dinner all the same! Also spotted some dime-sized puffballs to return to later in the week, and scoped out pawpaws and spicebush to come back to a few weeks from now. Hickory nuts are dropping but I only saw what appeared to be pignuts in this particular neck of the woods, which aren’t so ideal for eating. . . . #wildfoodlove  #mushroomsociety  #wildmushrooms  #rewildyourlife  #ratherhuntgather  #foodfromtheearth  #foraging 
Bunchberry (Chamaepericlymenum canadense)! If you’re hiking or climbing anytime soon, you’ll be sure to find this easily identified herbaceous dogwood. 🧗‍♀️The fruits, a cluster of red-orange drupes (a fleshy fruit with a single seed) are edible raw. 😋The fruits can also be dried and pounded or cooked whole into breads. 🍞 They were and are eaten by the Abenaki, Alaska Eskimo, Algonquin, Cree, Hesquiat, Potawatomi, Salish, and other native groups. The Hesquiat, Hoh, and Quileute used this species as a special food for certain ceremonies. Read more about bunchberry in Ancestral Plants Volume 1 (available as an e-book)! 📚
Bunchberry (Chamaepericlymenum canadense)! If you’re hiking or climbing anytime soon, you’ll be sure to find this easily identified herbaceous dogwood. 🧗‍♀️The fruits, a cluster of red-orange drupes (a fleshy fruit with a single seed) are edible raw. 😋The fruits can also be dried and pounded or cooked whole into breads. 🍞 They were and are eaten by the Abenaki, Alaska Eskimo, Algonquin, Cree, Hesquiat, Potawatomi, Salish, and other native groups. The Hesquiat, Hoh, and Quileute used this species as a special food for certain ceremonies. Read more about bunchberry in Ancestral Plants Volume 1 (available as an e-book)! 📚
Cloud dance from a rocking chair in paradise 🌋💃🕺🏼🌴
Cloud dance from a rocking chair in paradise 🌋💃🕺🏼🌴
If I were a mushroom... #oldmanofthewoods #strobilomycesconfusus
Yellow Passionflower (Passiflora lutea)
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We've covered maypops, passionflower, Passiflora incarnata that everyone knows about, but today we're looking at its smaller cousin, lutea! I remember finding this plant for the first time and I had no idea what the species was but I knew it had to be a Passionflower because of its distinctive flower! Have you ever happened upon this plant before? It has uses too!
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Quick aside: lutea = yellow. Makes sense!
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While the fruit is edible, it is not quite so delicious like its prized cousin, the maypop. However, the fruit has been used to make ink as it renders a dark purple dye. I love my fountain pen and the thought of using a dye from a plant in my woods sounds incredible! Has anyone ever done this? Please let me know how; I want to try!
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In terms of medicinal uses, for passifloras in general, please refer to my earlier post on incarnata. I have found text that tends to group these two together. King's American Dispensatory (1898) makes mention of this. If someone can confirm that their uses are comparable, that would be awesome!
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For now, I will wait for the dark purple fruit to get ripe and research producing inks in the meantime! Do you have this plant near you too? Let me know!
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Hope you guys enjoyed this post. I am in the middle of producing an instructional video on Elderberry processing; look out for it! Until next time; keep foraging!
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#forage #foraging #foragedfood #forageandharvest #wildedibles #wildedible #wildfood #wildmedicine #rewilding #rewild #wildfoodlove #ratherhuntgather #nativeplants #nativeplant #plants_are_magic #herbalism #plantmedicine #naturephotography #eattheweeds #passiflora #passifloralutea #passionflower #passionflowers #maypop #fruit #fruits #wildfruit #wildfruits
Yellow Passionflower (Passiflora lutea) . We've covered maypops, passionflower, Passiflora incarnata that everyone knows about, but today we're looking at its smaller cousin, lutea! I remember finding this plant for the first time and I had no idea what the species was but I knew it had to be a Passionflower because of its distinctive flower! Have you ever happened upon this plant before? It has uses too! . Quick aside: lutea = yellow. Makes sense! . While the fruit is edible, it is not quite so delicious like its prized cousin, the maypop. However, the fruit has been used to make ink as it renders a dark purple dye. I love my fountain pen and the thought of using a dye from a plant in my woods sounds incredible! Has anyone ever done this? Please let me know how; I want to try! . In terms of medicinal uses, for passifloras in general, please refer to my earlier post on incarnata. I have found text that tends to group these two together. King's American Dispensatory (1898) makes mention of this. If someone can confirm that their uses are comparable, that would be awesome! . For now, I will wait for the dark purple fruit to get ripe and research producing inks in the meantime! Do you have this plant near you too? Let me know! . Hope you guys enjoyed this post. I am in the middle of producing an instructional video on Elderberry processing; look out for it! Until next time; keep foraging! . . . . . #forage  #foraging  #foragedfood  #forageandharvest  #wildedibles  #wildedible  #wildfood  #wildmedicine  #rewilding  #rewild  #wildfoodlove  #ratherhuntgather  #nativeplants  #nativeplant  #plants_are_magic  #herbalism  #plantmedicine  #naturephotography  #eattheweeds  #passiflora  #passifloralutea  #passionflower  #passionflowers  #maypop  #fruit  #fruits  #wildfruit  #wildfruits 
#autumnolive bush going H.A.M. on some berries!! One man’s invasive nuisance is another man’s nitrogen-fixing plentiful food source. #wildfoodlove #rewildyourlife #invasivespecies #nitrogenfixer #ratherhuntgather #foragedfood #eattheweeds
These 3 plants were casually gifted to me by friends for integration into my gardening/food forest project. Clockwise from the right: Thai Chili Pepper, Strawberry Guava, Kaffir Lime. #backyardgarden #wheredoesyourfoodcomefrom #growyourown #ratherhuntgather #rewild #rewilding #huntergatherer #gifteconomy
Duck season's right around the corner and for some reason we've still got a couple packs of duck breasts from last season left! 
Hot cast iron skillet,  butter, and honey did the trick for these. Served right alongside some foraged lobster mushrooms and garden grown zucchini! 
#duck #wildfood #waterfowl #homecooking #wildcooking #ratherhuntgather #mushrooms #zucchini #lobstermushroom #castironskillet #tasteofwisconsin #tasteofhome
“You can have a TV, or you can have a life.” John Michael Greer
“You can have a TV, or you can have a life.” John Michael Greer
Beaked hazelnuts! What a season it's been 
#beakedhazelnut #coryluscornuta #filberts
Fish oil! Ok, instead of taking supplemental fish oil, I’m supplementing with oily fish. These are Atlantic Mackerel (Scomber scombrus), from the family Scombridae, the mackerels, tunas, and bonitos. Disdained by many modern American eaters — the oft-repeated complaint being “they’re too oily” — they tend to end up as bait instead of on the dinner plate. But I want that oil, and here’s why. Each summer my freezer fills with ocean species that have lean, white fillets. While these fish are wonderful to eat, their flesh isn’t a substantial source of DHA and EPA, the long-chain Omega 3 oils that are so crucial to our wellbeing. While I eat a fair amount of small, oily mountain trout each summer, throughout the winter I sometimes feel I’m not eating enough oily fish. 
I recently went on an @4fishgreenberg bender, reading his Four Fish, American Catch, and most recent The Omega Principle back to back (I highly recommend his books — in that order). The latter was a good reminder that while omega 3 is not a panacea (rather just an essential nutrient), it’s important to have a regular, high-quality dietary source. Atlantic mackerel are an excellent choice because of their high Omega 3 oil content, low toxic burden, and abundant populations (they’re listed as a species of least concern). I took my boat out yesterday with @wilderwaterscommunity to spend the afternoon jigging, and we were able to fill a cooler while spending a beautiful day on the water. My evening was filled with filleting and trimming. Heads and carcasses will become chum, and the trim will go into the dog food I make — so there’s no waste. While I brought home a lot of macks last year, I used them all in just a few meals (smoked mackerel salads), so they weren’t well spaced out through the season. This year I plan to eat them more frequently, ensuring a regular supply of their crucial oils. What about you? Where do you get your DHA/EPA? #RatherHuntGather
Fish oil! Ok, instead of taking supplemental fish oil, I’m supplementing with oily fish. These are Atlantic Mackerel (Scomber scombrus), from the family Scombridae, the mackerels, tunas, and bonitos. Disdained by many modern American eaters — the oft-repeated complaint being “they’re too oily” — they tend to end up as bait instead of on the dinner plate. But I want that oil, and here’s why. Each summer my freezer fills with ocean species that have lean, white fillets. While these fish are wonderful to eat, their flesh isn’t a substantial source of DHA and EPA, the long-chain Omega 3 oils that are so crucial to our wellbeing. While I eat a fair amount of small, oily mountain trout each summer, throughout the winter I sometimes feel I’m not eating enough oily fish. I recently went on an @4fishgreenberg bender, reading his Four Fish, American Catch, and most recent The Omega Principle back to back (I highly recommend his books — in that order). The latter was a good reminder that while omega 3 is not a panacea (rather just an essential nutrient), it’s important to have a regular, high-quality dietary source. Atlantic mackerel are an excellent choice because of their high Omega 3 oil content, low toxic burden, and abundant populations (they’re listed as a species of least concern). I took my boat out yesterday with @wilderwaterscommunity to spend the afternoon jigging, and we were able to fill a cooler while spending a beautiful day on the water. My evening was filled with filleting and trimming. Heads and carcasses will become chum, and the trim will go into the dog food I make — so there’s no waste. While I brought home a lot of macks last year, I used them all in just a few meals (smoked mackerel salads), so they weren’t well spaced out through the season. This year I plan to eat them more frequently, ensuring a regular supply of their crucial oils. What about you? Where do you get your DHA/EPA? #RatherHuntGather 
Just when I said I would probably look right over these guys... @vladusphere
@urbansammyw

#blacktrumpet #craterellusfallax #mushroomsatnight
You can find us at the Scupperdong Vine this week. Next, we’ll be sharing gratitude  at the Historic Muscadine next to the Old Pecan. It feels good to connect with the same plants that people have eaten from for hundreds of years. The Brix Meter confirms what the Main Crop declares, “These are so dewicious!” #nutrientdense  #ratherhuntgather
You can find us at the Scupperdong Vine this week. Next, we’ll be sharing gratitude at the Historic Muscadine next to the Old Pecan. It feels good to connect with the same plants that people have eaten from for hundreds of years. The Brix Meter confirms what the Main Crop declares, “These are so dewicious!” #nutrientdense  #ratherhuntgather 
American Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana)
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Friends! I'm very excited to talk about this tree, let's start with the name because this one is particularly interesting! Have you eaten this fruit before? It's delicious! But today we're going to go more into medicinal uses. :D
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Diospyros, derived from the Greek words dios and pyros which translates to "Zeus's wheat" but also known as "divine food", "divine fruit", or as I like to call it, "fruit of the Gods"! Plus of course, we are familiar that virginiana refers to the Americas hence, American persimmon.
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Right now the fruit is unripe; it won't be until mid-late Autumn that it will reach its ripeness, but there is plenty we can do with the unripe fruit. Highly astringent, the unripe fruit can be used to treat thrush of the mouth or other mouth sores.
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Further, a wash made with the bark or leaves will also have the same effect. A tea made from the root bark can be used to alleviate diarrhea and dysentery. (If only I could have found this during Oregon Trail!) The bark of the root is also very helpful with stomach ulcers (although second to yellow root). I have not tried it, but tea from the bark root is reportedly sweet and not puckering like the green fruit.
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We'll be revisiting this one later in the year when the fruit is ready to harvest! Until then, I hope you guys enjoyed this post; I can't wait to share the next one! Let me know your thoughts, I really like to hear from my fellow foragers. :D
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How is the harvest going? I just got a TON of elderberries this morning. Very excited to process them soon!
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#foraged #forager #foragers#forageandharvest #foragingforfood#wildedibles #wildedible #wildfood#wildcrafting #wildcrafted #wildcraft#wildmedicine #rewild #rewilding#rewildyourself #rewildyourlife#naturealabama #wildfoodlove#ratherhuntgather #wildberry #wildberries #persimmon #persimmons #persimmontree #persimmonseason #diospyros #fruit #fruits #wildfruit #wildfruits
American Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana) . Friends! I'm very excited to talk about this tree, let's start with the name because this one is particularly interesting! Have you eaten this fruit before? It's delicious! But today we're going to go more into medicinal uses. :D . Diospyros, derived from the Greek words dios and pyros which translates to "Zeus's wheat" but also known as "divine food", "divine fruit", or as I like to call it, "fruit of the Gods"! Plus of course, we are familiar that virginiana refers to the Americas hence, American persimmon. . Right now the fruit is unripe; it won't be until mid-late Autumn that it will reach its ripeness, but there is plenty we can do with the unripe fruit. Highly astringent, the unripe fruit can be used to treat thrush of the mouth or other mouth sores. . Further, a wash made with the bark or leaves will also have the same effect. A tea made from the root bark can be used to alleviate diarrhea and dysentery. (If only I could have found this during Oregon Trail!) The bark of the root is also very helpful with stomach ulcers (although second to yellow root). I have not tried it, but tea from the bark root is reportedly sweet and not puckering like the green fruit. . We'll be revisiting this one later in the year when the fruit is ready to harvest! Until then, I hope you guys enjoyed this post; I can't wait to share the next one! Let me know your thoughts, I really like to hear from my fellow foragers. :D . How is the harvest going? I just got a TON of elderberries this morning. Very excited to process them soon! . . . . . #foraged  #forager  #foragers #forageandharvest  #foragingforfood #wildedibles  #wildedible  #wildfood #wildcrafting  #wildcrafted  #wildcraft #wildmedicine  #rewild  #rewilding #rewildyourself  #rewildyourlife #naturealabama  #wildfoodlove #ratherhuntgather  #wildberry  #wildberries  #persimmon  #persimmons  #persimmontree  #persimmonseason  #diospyros  #fruit  #fruits  #wildfruit  #wildfruits 
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Take your time. With every little thing, take time

#cinnabarchanterelle #cantharelluscinnabarinus
How every meal should be made!! What’s your go to meal??
📸 @jennarozelle ・・・
When I don’t know what to make for dinner I fall back on “What grows together goes together.” combined with “What’s in the fridge that needs to be used?” My mother and grandmother are sorceresses in making a meal out of thin air. Tonight, I’ll try to do them proud with this food I found around the neighborhood. Don’t know what form it’ll take yet, but it’s probably hard to go wrong with
•sweetfern•red squirrel•pine candle honey ferment•oyster mushroom•basswood leaves•juniper berries
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#endthewaronweeds #whatgrowstogethergoestogether #dowhatyourmothertellsyou #learnfromyourelders #reallifeskills #feedyourself #eatyourlandscape #knowyourlandscape #loveyourlandscape #tradition #eatwildfood #trophymeal #hunttoeat #forage #ratherhuntgather #nebha #backcountryhuntersandanglers #modernhuntsman
How every meal should be made!! What’s your go to meal?? 📸 @jennarozelle ・・・ When I don’t know what to make for dinner I fall back on “What grows together goes together.” combined with “What’s in the fridge that needs to be used?” My mother and grandmother are sorceresses in making a meal out of thin air. Tonight, I’ll try to do them proud with this food I found around the neighborhood. Don’t know what form it’ll take yet, but it’s probably hard to go wrong with •sweetfern•red squirrel•pine candle honey ferment•oyster mushroom•basswood leaves•juniper berries . . . #endthewaronweeds  #whatgrowstogethergoestogether  #dowhatyourmothertellsyou  #learnfromyourelders  #reallifeskills  #feedyourself  #eatyourlandscape  #knowyourlandscape  #loveyourlandscape  #tradition  #eatwildfood  #trophymeal  #hunttoeat  #forage  #ratherhuntgather  #nebha  #backcountryhuntersandanglers  #modernhuntsman 
Had an incredibly successful haul with @vermontbobcat.  Craterellus cornucopioids are popping. We also got to see 16 different box turtles. That’s when you know you have a good Mushroom spot. #blacktrumpet #blacktrumpets #mushrooms #mushroomlife #ratherhuntgather #mushroomhunting #mushroomhunter #blueridgemountains #wildforaging #nofilter
The Recovering Ancestral Skills class was “rejuvenating” in the words of one student during our closing gratitude circle! 🙏 We learned of dead fall traps, hemlock bark basketry, friction fire, mushrooms, plants, stalking, awareness, and cordage among other topics covered. 🍄🔥 Things also got weird in the forest with bandanas for a brief moment. 😉 @primaldoc immediately knew during this awareness exercise when the camera was pointed on her! And we won’t forget our game of hide and seek! 🙈 We are so grateful for all of the students who came—you all are so inspiring and energizing for us. Come back soon. 🦅
The Recovering Ancestral Skills class was “rejuvenating” in the words of one student during our closing gratitude circle! 🙏 We learned of dead fall traps, hemlock bark basketry, friction fire, mushrooms, plants, stalking, awareness, and cordage among other topics covered. 🍄🔥 Things also got weird in the forest with bandanas for a brief moment. 😉 @primaldoc immediately knew during this awareness exercise when the camera was pointed on her! And we won’t forget our game of hide and seek! 🙈 We are so grateful for all of the students who came—you all are so inspiring and energizing for us. Come back soon. 🦅
The feral fruits and berries seem to love this heat.  There are more apples this year than I’ve seen in a long time. 🍎
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We picked about 5 varieties and tested each one first to make sure they were okay! Swipe left two photos to see Jasper at work in his favorite tree.
My secret Golden Russet tree is loaded this year.
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We found two pear trees.  One was ready and the other we’ll check in 2-4 weeks.  Small but intense in pear flavor.
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Swipe left to check out the largest elderberry tree I’ve ever seen.  Most berries are out of reach and we came away scathed from bashing through the thickets of snowberries growing underneath but we got a decent harvest.
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And golden plums, yum!!! These are like eating explosive sunshine ☀️. I’ll make these into a wild plum jelly sweetened with fireweed honey from @beebuddy76 🐝
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#realfoodtakestime #forage #ratherhuntgather #wildfoodlove #wildfood #rewild #wildandfreechildren #freerangekids #pnwcollective #pnwonderland #vancouverisland  #nutritiousmovement #getoutstayout #wildharvest #wildcraft #foragedfood
The feral fruits and berries seem to love this heat. There are more apples this year than I’ve seen in a long time. 🍎 . We picked about 5 varieties and tested each one first to make sure they were okay! Swipe left two photos to see Jasper at work in his favorite tree. My secret Golden Russet tree is loaded this year. 🍎 . We found two pear trees. One was ready and the other we’ll check in 2-4 weeks. Small but intense in pear flavor. 🍐 . Swipe left to check out the largest elderberry tree I’ve ever seen. Most berries are out of reach and we came away scathed from bashing through the thickets of snowberries growing underneath but we got a decent harvest. 🍇 . And golden plums, yum!!! These are like eating explosive sunshine ☀️. I’ll make these into a wild plum jelly sweetened with fireweed honey from @beebuddy76 🐝 . . . . #realfoodtakestime  #forage  #ratherhuntgather  #wildfoodlove  #wildfood  #rewild  #wildandfreechildren  #freerangekids  #pnwcollective  #pnwonderland  #vancouverisland  #nutritiousmovement  #getoutstayout  #wildharvest  #wildcraft  #foragedfood 
Red hind. Taken on a frosty morning with the trusty 7mm08 @tikkafirearms. Respect, gratitude and reverence for this animal. I will process and share the venison with friends all around. My biggest pleasure. This is the way of the hunter in a balanced eco system. .
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#rewild #hunting #fishing #health #ratherhuntgather #silence #gowithin #meditation #connection
#wild #huntergatherer #nature #wildmeat #healthyfood #tribe #healthylifestyle #spirit #wayoflife #venison #jagd #connected
Red hind. Taken on a frosty morning with the trusty 7mm08 @tikkafirearms. Respect, gratitude and reverence for this animal. I will process and share the venison with friends all around. My biggest pleasure. This is the way of the hunter in a balanced eco system. . . . . #rewild  #hunting  #fishing  #health  #ratherhuntgather  #silence  #gowithin  #meditation  #connection  #wild  #huntergatherer  #nature  #wildmeat  #healthyfood  #tribe  #healthylifestyle  #spirit  #wayoflife  #venison  #jagd  #connected 
I posted about making my own tinctures from mimosa blossoms a while back. These are the final products!

Traditional Chinese medicine uses the flowers at the mimosa tree to lift the mood and combat anxiety and insomnia (among other things). I've been having an oddly melancholy day, and it seems like a great afternoon to try a few drops of my new mimosa tincture.

I'm going to be careful and thoughtful as I try these out. Medicinals are no joke, and dosage gets real. I'll also be keeping these in the fridge as I don't have any tinted glass that would protect them from the light. I'm using repurposed jars instead. I'm not positive these tinctures need refrigeration or even to be kept from direct light, but I'm taking all the precautions in this experiment phase. 
The berry colored tincture used blackberry pulp along with the mimosa flower. It's hard to make out, but the mimosa tree I foraged from is in the background. I also included pictures of the tinctures by themselves against the light so you can see what beautiful colors they are, plus my awesome hard-working husband mowing the lawn like a boss. :)
I posted about making my own tinctures from mimosa blossoms a while back. These are the final products! Traditional Chinese medicine uses the flowers at the mimosa tree to lift the mood and combat anxiety and insomnia (among other things). I've been having an oddly melancholy day, and it seems like a great afternoon to try a few drops of my new mimosa tincture. I'm going to be careful and thoughtful as I try these out. Medicinals are no joke, and dosage gets real. I'll also be keeping these in the fridge as I don't have any tinted glass that would protect them from the light. I'm using repurposed jars instead. I'm not positive these tinctures need refrigeration or even to be kept from direct light, but I'm taking all the precautions in this experiment phase. The berry colored tincture used blackberry pulp along with the mimosa flower. It's hard to make out, but the mimosa tree I foraged from is in the background. I also included pictures of the tinctures by themselves against the light so you can see what beautiful colors they are, plus my awesome hard-working husband mowing the lawn like a boss. :)
So much could be said!  Instead of a bunch of words of wisdom or insights or reflections that I have and feel that I may or may not have gained since committing to this practice I'll just eat these beauties with loving friends and family! Photo cred and ocean adventuring with my dude @neutral_things .
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#tautog #triggerfish #keepersbaby #spearfishing #hawainsling #polespearforthewin #seatobelly #regenerativeliving #predatorvsprey #ratherhuntgather #fuckingstoked
It happened again! Our forest reminding us “Hey I can do that too!” •
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Wild oyster mushrooms coming up on logs right beneath our shiitake logs! Haha I love it! It’s like when we found wild stands of goldneseal *the year after* we planted a huge patch. How we missed it I do not know, but I am so welcoming these forest surprises!
It happened again! Our forest reminding us “Hey I can do that too!” • • Wild oyster mushrooms coming up on logs right beneath our shiitake logs! Haha I love it! It’s like when we found wild stands of goldneseal *the year after* we planted a huge patch. How we missed it I do not know, but I am so welcoming these forest surprises!
save the forest cuz truly it’s saving us.
save the forest cuz truly it’s saving us.
Couldn't get to the woods fast enough after work today... #mushroomforaging #mushrooms🍄 #foraging #mushroaming #ratherhuntgather #forager
The waxing Autumn and the waning Summer. Seasonality; being connected intimately to the ebb and flow of the changes. This is of the utmost importance to me. Noticing the smaller changes, the sound of the insects, the presence or absence of birds, the color of the sky, what plants (animals and fungi as well) are doing at the time. This is connection to time and, more importantly, place. It's so easy to forgo the change in our modern times, when you can hide from heat or cold inside and every imaginable food is available all year round. Me on the other hand, I strive to feel each seasons comings and goings, each spoke in the wheel of the year and to celebrate each individual seasons gifts. Walking this path requires a knowledge of the seasons... It's simply not possible without. #RatherHuntGather
The waxing Autumn and the waning Summer. Seasonality; being connected intimately to the ebb and flow of the changes. This is of the utmost importance to me. Noticing the smaller changes, the sound of the insects, the presence or absence of birds, the color of the sky, what plants (animals and fungi as well) are doing at the time. This is connection to time and, more importantly, place. It's so easy to forgo the change in our modern times, when you can hide from heat or cold inside and every imaginable food is available all year round. Me on the other hand, I strive to feel each seasons comings and goings, each spoke in the wheel of the year and to celebrate each individual seasons gifts. Walking this path requires a knowledge of the seasons... It's simply not possible without. #RatherHuntGather 
Winged Sumac (Rhus copallinum)
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Yesterday we took a look at the Smooth Sumac and now we're observing its close cousin the winged, or as I like to call it, Flameleaf sumac! The biggest distinction is that there are leaf 'wings' coming off from the main leaf stems of this plant. I also notice that it tends to mature a bit later in the season than smooth (we can see that these berries are less red than those from yesterday).
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Now, as I mentioned yesterday, we can talk about tannins when it comes to this plant, the leaves and root bark are very abundant! The name 'tannin' comes from the old Germanic word 'Tanna', referring to oak or fir trees. It is also where we get our word for 'tan' as in hide tanning, which is what the plant is grown for. Yes, in some cases this plant is even grown commercially for its tannic acid constituents!
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Flameleaf sumac is found more localized to the south-east, unlike all over North America like smooth. I will be after this plant as soon as it is ripe! And I am excited to keep the season going. :D How has the sumac harvesting gone for you? Let me know! Keep foraging friends, this is such an exciting time for it!
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Winged Sumac (Rhus copallinum) . Yesterday we took a look at the Smooth Sumac and now we're observing its close cousin the winged, or as I like to call it, Flameleaf sumac! The biggest distinction is that there are leaf 'wings' coming off from the main leaf stems of this plant. I also notice that it tends to mature a bit later in the season than smooth (we can see that these berries are less red than those from yesterday). . Now, as I mentioned yesterday, we can talk about tannins when it comes to this plant, the leaves and root bark are very abundant! The name 'tannin' comes from the old Germanic word 'Tanna', referring to oak or fir trees. It is also where we get our word for 'tan' as in hide tanning, which is what the plant is grown for. Yes, in some cases this plant is even grown commercially for its tannic acid constituents! . Flameleaf sumac is found more localized to the south-east, unlike all over North America like smooth. I will be after this plant as soon as it is ripe! And I am excited to keep the season going. :D How has the sumac harvesting gone for you? Let me know! Keep foraging friends, this is such an exciting time for it! . . . . . #forage  #foraging  #foragedfood  #forageandharvest  #wildedibles  #wildedible  #wildfood  #wildmedicine  #rewilding  #rewild  #wildfoodlove  #ratherhuntgather  #nativeplants  #nativeplant  #plants_are_magic  #herbalism  #herbalist  #herbalmedicine  #plantmedicine  #naturephotography  #sumac #rhus  #berries  #redberries  #sumacade  #lemonade  #fruit  #wildfruit  #wildfruits  #wildberries 
>> Golden Amaranth <<
>> Golden Amaranth <<
Black walnuts have always attracted me. Their stately growth as trees, fresh lemony scent and rich full flavor make them a great asset to any ecosystem. Here’s an odd triple cluster of unripe fruits harvested for medicine from a fallen branch. The unripe green hulls are effective vermifuges (worm killers).
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#gardening #permaculture #ratherhuntgather #rewild #blackwalnut #herbalmedicine #nature #outdoorliving #forest #herbalism #naturallife #homestead #offgridliving #wildmedicine #ecosystem #livesustainably
Black walnuts have always attracted me. Their stately growth as trees, fresh lemony scent and rich full flavor make them a great asset to any ecosystem. Here’s an odd triple cluster of unripe fruits harvested for medicine from a fallen branch. The unripe green hulls are effective vermifuges (worm killers). . . . #gardening  #permaculture  #ratherhuntgather  #rewild  #blackwalnut  #herbalmedicine  #nature  #outdoorliving  #forest  #herbalism  #naturallife  #homestead  #offgridliving  #wildmedicine  #ecosystem  #livesustainably 
Smooth Sumac (Rhus glabra)
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And here we have one of the most fantastic plants of North America! This particular species, smooth (glabra), occurs over all 48 contiguous states! It is one we can all join and enjoy together. :)
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First, let me dispell fear over poison sumac, Toxicodendron vernix. One, it does naturally occur much farther north than central/south Alabama; two, it grows in very wet environments; and three, its berries are white and hang down from the plant. It would be very VERY hard to mistake the two. Interestingly, poison ivy, poison sumac, and sumac all used to share the same genus Rhus, but botanists have now changed the classification for the poison ones, although they all do share the same family!
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Friends of North America, THIS is your native 'lemonade', let us celebrate it! An incredible tangy, sour, and cooling drink can be made from soaking the berries in cold/warm water (not boiling). The berries contain malic acid, which may sound familiar to you because it is the same acid that is in apples! Harvest the berries when they are ripe (completely dark red) and there has not been a rain in 3-5 days. Taste test the berries, if sharp and tangy, you are good to go! I cover mine with cold water and leave in the fridge overnight. Enjoy delicious sumacade in the morning!
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Remember that we said not to boil? Well, you can, but you have to know what you're getting into. Boiling the berries will release the tannic acid in them, rendering a bitter and astringent drink. While not very good as a refreshment, if you find yourself with ulcerations, diarrhea, mouth sores; this may be what you are after!
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We'll talk more about the tannins tomorrow! Do you like sumac too?? Let me know how you use it! (I love hearing new ideas :D)
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#forage #foraging#foragedfood#forageandharvest#wildedibles#wildedible #wildfood#wildmedicine#rewilding #rewild #wildfoodlove #ratherhuntgather#nativeplants#nativeplant#plants_are_magic #herbalism#herbalist#herbalmedicine#plantmedicine#naturephotography #sumac #rhus #berries #redberries #sumacade #lemonade #fruit #wildfruit #wildfruits #wildberries
Smooth Sumac (Rhus glabra) . And here we have one of the most fantastic plants of North America! This particular species, smooth (glabra), occurs over all 48 contiguous states! It is one we can all join and enjoy together. :) . First, let me dispell fear over poison sumac, Toxicodendron vernix. One, it does naturally occur much farther north than central/south Alabama; two, it grows in very wet environments; and three, its berries are white and hang down from the plant. It would be very VERY hard to mistake the two. Interestingly, poison ivy, poison sumac, and sumac all used to share the same genus Rhus, but botanists have now changed the classification for the poison ones, although they all do share the same family! . Friends of North America, THIS is your native 'lemonade', let us celebrate it! An incredible tangy, sour, and cooling drink can be made from soaking the berries in cold/warm water (not boiling). The berries contain malic acid, which may sound familiar to you because it is the same acid that is in apples! Harvest the berries when they are ripe (completely dark red) and there has not been a rain in 3-5 days. Taste test the berries, if sharp and tangy, you are good to go! I cover mine with cold water and leave in the fridge overnight. Enjoy delicious sumacade in the morning! . Remember that we said not to boil? Well, you can, but you have to know what you're getting into. Boiling the berries will release the tannic acid in them, rendering a bitter and astringent drink. While not very good as a refreshment, if you find yourself with ulcerations, diarrhea, mouth sores; this may be what you are after! . We'll talk more about the tannins tomorrow! Do you like sumac too?? Let me know how you use it! (I love hearing new ideas :D) . . . . . #forage  #foraging #foragedfood #forageandharvest #wildedibles #wildedible  #wildfood #wildmedicine #rewilding  #rewild  #wildfoodlove  #ratherhuntgather #nativeplants #nativeplant #plants_are_magic  #herbalism #herbalist #herbalmedicine #plantmedicine #naturephotography  #sumac  #rhus  #berries  #redberries  #sumacade  #lemonade  #fruit  #wildfruit  #wildfruits  #wildberries 
Choke cherry (Prunus virginiana)! 🍒This is an underutilized wild food!  We’ve heard some are a bit weary of the seeds. However, we either eat the fruit and spit out the seed or we pound the seeds and flesh which we then dry in the sun on a cookie sheet.  And no surprise here—the consumption of the seeds in the dried fruit provides abundant vitamin E and essential fatty acids, all of which we miss out on in our seed-phobic society. 😣 Dried chokecherry was and still is prepared this way and eaten by the Cheyenne, Crow, Dakota, Iroquois, Montana Indian, Omaha, Pawnee, and Ponca among others. So, don’t be worried over those seeds and remember—there is a substantial body of evidence that wild plants are usually more nutritious than their cultivated counterparts! 💪
Choke cherry (Prunus virginiana)! 🍒This is an underutilized wild food! We’ve heard some are a bit weary of the seeds. However, we either eat the fruit and spit out the seed or we pound the seeds and flesh which we then dry in the sun on a cookie sheet. And no surprise here—the consumption of the seeds in the dried fruit provides abundant vitamin E and essential fatty acids, all of which we miss out on in our seed-phobic society. 😣 Dried chokecherry was and still is prepared this way and eaten by the Cheyenne, Crow, Dakota, Iroquois, Montana Indian, Omaha, Pawnee, and Ponca among others. So, don’t be worried over those seeds and remember—there is a substantial body of evidence that wild plants are usually more nutritious than their cultivated counterparts! 💪
Woodland Agrimony (Agrimonia striata)
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I've been trying to identify this one for MONTHS now and it finally flowered, giving me the key I needed to find it! (Flowers always make my life in plant ID so much easier) Of course, the very next thing I did was look into uses; here is what I found!
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But first, names! Striata means striped which I guess refers to the leaves having very defined veins? I am not certain on this one. Similarly from what I could find of Agrimonia; it comes from argemone which means, to be used for cataracts (although that is not necessarily one of its uses so again I'm not so sure here.) This plant also finds itself in the Rose family... On to uses!
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Here we have an example of a not-so-commonly studied plant, so I will defer to its close cousin, Agrimonia eupatoria (Common Agrimony). Both the leaves and the roots have been used for a couple of purposes. It is an astringent tonic and a diuretic. Useful in the cases of jaundice or liver complaints. Also known to be useful against skin 'eruptions and irritation', but interestingly, taken internally and not used as a wash/poultice.
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I had a spectacular and fully booked weekend, but I've finally managed to get some editing work done, so I have several posts to come this week that I think you're really going to like. Stay tuned! Until then, keep foraging friends! :D
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#forage #foraging #foragedfood#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 #agrimony #striata #agrimonia
Woodland Agrimony (Agrimonia striata) . I've been trying to identify this one for MONTHS now and it finally flowered, giving me the key I needed to find it! (Flowers always make my life in plant ID so much easier) Of course, the very next thing I did was look into uses; here is what I found! . But first, names! Striata means striped which I guess refers to the leaves having very defined veins? I am not certain on this one. Similarly from what I could find of Agrimonia; it comes from argemone which means, to be used for cataracts (although that is not necessarily one of its uses so again I'm not so sure here.) This plant also finds itself in the Rose family... On to uses! . Here we have an example of a not-so-commonly studied plant, so I will defer to its close cousin, Agrimonia eupatoria (Common Agrimony). Both the leaves and the roots have been used for a couple of purposes. It is an astringent tonic and a diuretic. Useful in the cases of jaundice or liver complaints. Also known to be useful against skin 'eruptions and irritation', but interestingly, taken internally and not used as a wash/poultice. . I had a spectacular and fully booked weekend, but I've finally managed to get some editing work done, so I have several posts to come this week that I think you're really going to like. Stay tuned! Until then, keep foraging friends! :D . . . . . #forage  #foraging  #foragedfood #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  #agrimony  #striata  #agrimonia 
Anyone else making some wild berry jams? Velvet leaf blueberries (from an hour away), wild blackberries (from the land here), and maple syrup (from the maples here) for a fully wild yummy treat. 😋And looks like a bunchberry accidentally slipped in here!🤪 This jam is going on acorn pancakes tomorrow morning!🥞 #wildfood #ratherhuntgather #maine #berries #wildjam #wild #blueberries
Anyone else making some wild berry jams? Velvet leaf blueberries (from an hour away), wild blackberries (from the land here), and maple syrup (from the maples here) for a fully wild yummy treat. 😋And looks like a bunchberry accidentally slipped in here!🤪 This jam is going on acorn pancakes tomorrow morning!🥞 #wildfood  #ratherhuntgather  #maine  #berries  #wildjam  #wild  #blueberries 
Always be gathering. We got soaked about 10 minutes after this picture but still had a nice early morning trail walk. #foraging #woods #RatherHuntGather
Always be gathering. We got soaked about 10 minutes after this picture but still had a nice early morning trail walk. #foraging  #woods  #RatherHuntGather 
Such an abundance of blackberries this year. I didn’t have anything to put them in so just ate them as I walked. 
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#blackberries #brambleberry #brambles #foraging #foragedfood #wildfood #ratherhuntgather
Growing up in Northern California, I’ve always loved picking berries every summer. Now loving life in the PNW, we have so many more berry varieties and foragable foods to enjoy! These antioxidant-rich berries are such a thrilling experience to share with my little guy. So sweet yet so tart and mouthwatering! 🤤 #berryseason #forager #ratherhuntgather #pnw
Growing up in Northern California, I’ve always loved picking berries every summer. Now loving life in the PNW, we have so many more berry varieties and foragable foods to enjoy! These antioxidant-rich berries are such a thrilling experience to share with my little guy. So sweet yet so tart and mouthwatering! 🤤 #berryseason  #forager  #ratherhuntgather  #pnw 
Narrow-leaved fireweed (Chamaenerion angustifolium)! A true healer plant.🙌In a study that examined more than 300 species in the Great Lakes region, this plant was one of the most potent antimicrobial plants! 😯 The Bella Coola, Chippewa, Menominee, Ojibwa, Thompson, and Woodlands Cree Native Americans all used this plant as a dermatological aid. It even has documented activity against Candida albicans & can be used to treat yeast infections. I (Sara) have used this plant to soothe inflammation in my gut after eating something I was sensitive to.🤦‍♀️ When we use herbal medicine, we keep our planet and her waters healthy and alive.🌎 And when we receive our medicine from the land rather than the pharmacy, we fight to protect wild lands. And this native bumblebee may appreciate the effort! 🐝#conservationthroughuse 
Read more about narrow-leaved fireweed in our community’s plant book, Ancestral Plants Volume 1 (available as an e-book)!🤓
Link in bio!🌱
Narrow-leaved fireweed (Chamaenerion angustifolium)! A true healer plant.🙌In a study that examined more than 300 species in the Great Lakes region, this plant was one of the most potent antimicrobial plants! 😯 The Bella Coola, Chippewa, Menominee, Ojibwa, Thompson, and Woodlands Cree Native Americans all used this plant as a dermatological aid. It even has documented activity against Candida albicans & can be used to treat yeast infections. I (Sara) have used this plant to soothe inflammation in my gut after eating something I was sensitive to.🤦‍♀️ When we use herbal medicine, we keep our planet and her waters healthy and alive.🌎 And when we receive our medicine from the land rather than the pharmacy, we fight to protect wild lands. And this native bumblebee may appreciate the effort! 🐝#conservationthroughuse  Read more about narrow-leaved fireweed in our community’s plant book, Ancestral Plants Volume 1 (available as an e-book)!🤓 Link in bio!🌱
We had an amazing two week road trip visiting friends and family with camping in between! First week was spent visiting a friend in Canada; we foraged an assortment of berries that we turned into jam, canoed and helped on our friend's farm. 
The second week was spent with some of Stewart's family at a beach in Delaware. The LO had a blast with all of his cousins and ate his first crab (he loved it). Loved every minute of the trip❤
We had an amazing two week road trip visiting friends and family with camping in between! First week was spent visiting a friend in Canada; we foraged an assortment of berries that we turned into jam, canoed and helped on our friend's farm. The second week was spent with some of Stewart's family at a beach in Delaware. The LO had a blast with all of his cousins and ate his first crab (he loved it). Loved every minute of the trip❤
I have had so many close encounters with Falcons here recently. This guy let me come to within almost touching distance, observing me, being present with me, allowing me patiently to come close. When I hunt I always ask for guidance from the spirit of the hunt - this bird represents this spirit to me. .
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#rewild #hunting #fishing #health #ratherhuntgather #silence #gowithin #meditation #connection
#wild #huntergatherer #nature #wildmeat #healthyfood #tribe #healthylifestyle #spirit #spiritbird #falcon #graitude
I have had so many close encounters with Falcons here recently. This guy let me come to within almost touching distance, observing me, being present with me, allowing me patiently to come close. When I hunt I always ask for guidance from the spirit of the hunt - this bird represents this spirit to me. . . . . #rewild  #hunting  #fishing  #health  #ratherhuntgather  #silence  #gowithin  #meditation  #connection  #wild  #huntergatherer  #nature  #wildmeat  #healthyfood  #tribe  #healthylifestyle  #spirit  #spiritbird  #falcon  #graitude 
At the foothills of this ancient mtn we rest on is a scenic & wild river 💦 Our badass neighbors & allies have fought for its protection & cleanliness to ensure it remains a fresh water gem 💎 It takes a whole community to stand up for what’s right... even when it’s not popular. +
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At the foothills of this ancient mtn we rest on is a scenic & wild river 💦 Our badass neighbors & allies have fought for its protection & cleanliness to ensure it remains a fresh water gem 💎 It takes a whole community to stand up for what’s right... even when it’s not popular. + + + +#moonmtn  #puremichigan  #gonefishing  #trout  #fish  #fishing  #conservation  #yooper  #mqt  #natural  #wild  #protection  #sacred  #water  #river  #forest  #scenic  #nikon  #travel  #cabin  #offgrid  #ratherhuntgather  #treadlightly  #leadership  #courage  #honor  #fight  #friends  #love  #michigan 
Successful scouting trip. We will be harvesting this patch of Manoomin (wild rice) in a months time.  We need to educate ourselves on such a plant.  This is being removed from ecosystems to allow more access for boats.  This is something we need to protect for generations to come.  By harvesting we actually spread the seeds for the next years growth.  #notawallofgreen #ratherhuntgather
Successful scouting trip. We will be harvesting this patch of Manoomin (wild rice) in a months time. We need to educate ourselves on such a plant. This is being removed from ecosystems to allow more access for boats. This is something we need to protect for generations to come. By harvesting we actually spread the seeds for the next years growth. #notawallofgreen  #ratherhuntgather 
Over the last few weeks I have Been learning to fly fish!  fair to say I am the one who is hooked 🎣 #flyfishing #flyfish #flyfishuk #fishing #airflo #northwales #ratherhuntgather
Went for a walk yesterday and saw a dozen dead rabbits. Poison. DoC warns it’s deadly to dogs. Wonderful. Is this ever the answer? This carcass had been dealt to by a hawk or falcon. Now that animal will get 2nd hand poisoning. Not my jam team. We need to think better about our actions.
Let people shoot them instead. Harvest them for pet food or the freezer. .
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#rewild #hunting #fishing #health #ratherhuntgather #silence #gowithin #meditation #connection
#wild #huntergatherer #nature #wildmeat #healthyfood #tribe #healthylifestyle #spirit #FFS
Went for a walk yesterday and saw a dozen dead rabbits. Poison. DoC warns it’s deadly to dogs. Wonderful. Is this ever the answer? This carcass had been dealt to by a hawk or falcon. Now that animal will get 2nd hand poisoning. Not my jam team. We need to think better about our actions. Let people shoot them instead. Harvest them for pet food or the freezer. . . . #rewild  #hunting  #fishing  #health  #ratherhuntgather  #silence  #gowithin  #meditation  #connection  #wild  #huntergatherer  #nature  #wildmeat  #healthyfood  #tribe  #healthylifestyle  #spirit  #FFS 
Hungarian cauldron dish,🇭🇺🏹🍄🍴 1# Marasmius oreades also known as Fairy ring mushroom 🧚🍃...with ayurvedic herbs #veganfood #vegetarian #wildmushrooms #wildfood #diet #realfood #realnutrition #healthyfood #slowfood #ratherhuntgather #foraging #mushrooms🍄 #mushroomdiet #weeatwhatwepreach #instafood #instapic #eatwell #eat #ecosystem #funghilovers #outdoorcooking #hikingadventures #paganfood
the Hungarian goulash kettle (cauldron) is our favourite outdoor cooking gear...🍲🍄🍴🙏❤️ Wild food (of any kind) can taste much better 🔥💦🌬️🌳#weloveoutside #welovemushrooms #weeatwhatwepreach #wildmushrooms #wildfood #cooking #cookinggear #outdoorcooking #travelblogger #hiking #hikingadventures #camping #camplife #cook #ratherhuntgather #foraging #mushrooms🍄 #mushroomdiet #cauldron #slowfood
I can almost taste it

#pawpaw #asiminatriloba
Venison sausage and baked delicata squash for healthy happy kids. I make a lot of finger food in the summer so that meals can be eaten in the yard, on the go. #growyourownfood #growyourgroceries #RatherHuntGather #rewild #wildatarian
We love this wild food story from @justin_the_butcher
Summer is moving quickly in New England; harvesting what is likely our last wild Blueberry and Shadbush from the Western Maine mountains. The sound of crickets fills the evening air now, and with the Golden Rod blossoming in the fields and Rose Hips turning red on the ocean shores we start to look forward into the next turn of the year... This Shadbush will be eaten fresh and the Blueberry will be put up to enjoy over the Autumn and Winter months. .
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#RatherHuntGather #wildfood #maine #late #summer #forger #blueberry #shadbush #wildfoodlove #rewildyourself #wildfed
We love this wild food story from @justin_the_butcher Summer is moving quickly in New England; harvesting what is likely our last wild Blueberry and Shadbush from the Western Maine mountains. The sound of crickets fills the evening air now, and with the Golden Rod blossoming in the fields and Rose Hips turning red on the ocean shores we start to look forward into the next turn of the year... This Shadbush will be eaten fresh and the Blueberry will be put up to enjoy over the Autumn and Winter months. . . . . #RatherHuntGather  #wildfood  #maine  #late  #summer  #forger  #blueberry  #shadbush  #wildfoodlove  #rewildyourself  #wildfed 
Made a “left over hash” that is so freaking tasty that it’s kind of sad that it can’t be replicated. Venison meatloaf, broccoli slaw, tomatoes, cheese. #forresttotable #ratherhuntgather #huntingassacredpractice #womenwhohunt #ketofoodie
I thought I missed nettle season this year but then came across a mowed field with an incredible amount of young nettle popping up. Annnnd there was a patch of motherwort! Our allies show up when we need them. Sometimes when we don’t even realize we need them.
Harvested in New Paltz, NY
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To be dried and consumed through the year
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And now I’m in Ithaca for the month and feeling so grateful to be back with this land and these people here. And working with Primitive Pursuits where I got my start in the ancestral/earth skill world.
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Medicine abound many different ways
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#plantmedicine #nettle #urticadioica #motherwort #plantspiritmedicine #earthskills #ratherhuntgather #gatherer #medicine #herbalism #herbalmedicine
I thought I missed nettle season this year but then came across a mowed field with an incredible amount of young nettle popping up. Annnnd there was a patch of motherwort! Our allies show up when we need them. Sometimes when we don’t even realize we need them. Harvested in New Paltz, NY . To be dried and consumed through the year . And now I’m in Ithaca for the month and feeling so grateful to be back with this land and these people here. And working with Primitive Pursuits where I got my start in the ancestral/earth skill world. . Medicine abound many different ways . #plantmedicine  #nettle  #urticadioica  #motherwort  #plantspiritmedicine  #earthskills  #ratherhuntgather  #gatherer  #medicine  #herbalism  #herbalmedicine 
Some classes from the Dawnland Gathering—Discussion of Wild Rice in Maine led by Arthur, Olympic Archery Tricks by @wildwoodpath, and Hide Tanning with Josh! 😀 We’re already excited for next year!🌞 What classes do you want to see on the schedule for 2019?
Some classes from the Dawnland Gathering—Discussion of Wild Rice in Maine led by Arthur, Olympic Archery Tricks by @wildwoodpath, and Hide Tanning with Josh! 😀 We’re already excited for next year!🌞 What classes do you want to see on the schedule for 2019?
Efter en nästan sömnlös natt tar vi oss ändå ut för att samla mat från den rika skogen. Jag tar inte för givet att vi alltid kommer kunna få mat från naturen så som utvecklingen sett ut. Njut medans du och planeten finns 🙏🏻🌏❤️
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#ratherhuntgather #rewilding #blueberries #blåbär #plockabär #bärplockare #berries #wildberries #smoothie #naturalparenting #ergobaby #movementculture #squattingchallenge #squattypotty #regn #friluftsliv #friluftsfrämjandet #naturkompaniet #allemansrätten
Efter en nästan sömnlös natt tar vi oss ändå ut för att samla mat från den rika skogen. Jag tar inte för givet att vi alltid kommer kunna få mat från naturen så som utvecklingen sett ut. Njut medans du och planeten finns 🙏🏻🌏❤️ . . . #ratherhuntgather  #rewilding  #blueberries  #blåbär  #plockabär  #bärplockare  #berries  #wildberries  #smoothie  #naturalparenting  #ergobaby  #movementculture  #squattingchallenge  #squattypotty  #regn  #friluftsliv  #friluftsfrämjandet  #naturkompaniet  #allemansrätten 
Visiting with friends in Ellijay, I hopped outside to look for edibles and hit a chantrelle jackpot. I tied the skirt of my dress into a basket and made off with what would be a side with tonight's dinner.
Visiting with friends in Ellijay, I hopped outside to look for edibles and hit a chantrelle jackpot. I tied the skirt of my dress into a basket and made off with what would be a side with tonight's dinner.
Lunch: mackerel filets and milkweed flowers 🤤 served in a coal burnt white cedar bowl🌲 Woke up super early today to fish with Charlie’s Charters out of Gloucester. Caught a good couple meals of mackerel and some stripers that we let go. I love wild meals! Very nourishing. Blueberries for dessert ❤️ •
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Lunch: mackerel filets and milkweed flowers 🤤 served in a coal burnt white cedar bowl🌲 Woke up super early today to fish with Charlie’s Charters out of Gloucester. Caught a good couple meals of mackerel and some stripers that we let go. I love wild meals! Very nourishing. Blueberries for dessert ❤️ • • • • • • • #foraging  #wildandfree  #wildfood  #wildedibles  #fishing  #lunch  #paleo  #paleodiet  #paleolifestyle  #primitiveskills  #bowlcarving  #bowl  #fish  #cooking  #holistichealth  #optoutside  #organicfood  #organic  #yummy  #rewild  #ratherhuntgather  #huntergatherer 
Real food requires real love!
Real food requires real love!
This is quite possibly my favorite mushroom. Yeah, I probably say that about each species as they come into season, so, for the moment, chicken of the woods has the spotlight. I love the texture and taste of this species. It really is very similar to the meat of chicken. The texture more so than the taste but when seasoned and cooked in place of chicken, most people would never notice the difference. We spoke to a group last week about wild foods. While the crowd enjoyed  a beautiful lunch, I told them the rice dish on their plates had this mushroom in it. Afterwards, several people approached me and told me how much they enjoyed the food and would have never known it wasn't chicken, had I not told them. So, what's your favorite way to prepare this mushroom? #wildfoodlove #ratherhuntgather #chickenofthewoods
This is quite possibly my favorite mushroom. Yeah, I probably say that about each species as they come into season, so, for the moment, chicken of the woods has the spotlight. I love the texture and taste of this species. It really is very similar to the meat of chicken. The texture more so than the taste but when seasoned and cooked in place of chicken, most people would never notice the difference. We spoke to a group last week about wild foods. While the crowd enjoyed a beautiful lunch, I told them the rice dish on their plates had this mushroom in it. Afterwards, several people approached me and told me how much they enjoyed the food and would have never known it wasn't chicken, had I not told them. So, what's your favorite way to prepare this mushroom? #wildfoodlove  #ratherhuntgather  #chickenofthewoods 
Morning Chores brought... Lunch!! We’ve been watching these Oyester Mushrooms for about 24 hours, and snatched them up before most of the gills flipped. We left about a third of the patch to sporulate and  feed our future selves.  We are blessed by the knowledge that dissolves our fear of fellow organisms. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over and through me. When it has gone past, I will turn the inner eye to its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain. 
#rewildyourself #ratherhuntgather #eatthekingdoms
Morning Chores brought... Lunch!! We’ve been watching these Oyester Mushrooms for about 24 hours, and snatched them up before most of the gills flipped. We left about a third of the patch to sporulate and feed our future selves. We are blessed by the knowledge that dissolves our fear of fellow organisms. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over and through me. When it has gone past, I will turn the inner eye to its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain. #rewildyourself  #ratherhuntgather  #eatthekingdoms 
It's been a great chanterelle season! 
#wildmushrooms #forage #ratherhuntgather #chanterelles #mushrooms #wildfood
The time of year when foraging and hunting start to join together again. While out searching for wild edible mushrooms I was lucky enough to come across a Doe and her two Fawns. The first two went to my left while this little one went right. I was able to sit and observe all their movements, listen to their calling back and forth, watch as they smelled the air for my scent and observe this one's daring move to rejoin the Doe. The woods can be incredibly beautiful, satisfying and spiritual, even if you don't find the original item your searching for. #RatherHuntGather
The time of year when foraging and hunting start to join together again. While out searching for wild edible mushrooms I was lucky enough to come across a Doe and her two Fawns. The first two went to my left while this little one went right. I was able to sit and observe all their movements, listen to their calling back and forth, watch as they smelled the air for my scent and observe this one's daring move to rejoin the Doe. The woods can be incredibly beautiful, satisfying and spiritual, even if you don't find the original item your searching for. #RatherHuntGather 
😈BUSTED! Swipe right for proof that he eats more than he brings into the pantry. +
+ Twenty lbs of forest fresh raspberries up for grabs. Another thirty lbs of frozen & more on the way🤗+
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+#moonmtn #treadlightly #fresh #foodgasm #organic #foodporn #raspberries #nikon #mqt #wild #offgrid #yooper #permaculture #chef #epic #puremichigan #michigan #food #foodie #berries #raspberry #wildfood #ratherhuntgather #wildfoodlove
Blueberry Best Practices!

Last year we successfully put away around 20 kilos of frozen wild blueberries. We were happy with the results but the workload was far too high. I’ve been seeking ways to simplify our system. This year was equally productive but with just a fraction of the work. What took us three outings and as many days of processing last year was accomplished in one day this year! 
First things first, quality blueberry rakes are essential. I buy mine from Maine’s own Hubbard Rake Company. When it comes to blueberry rakes (and ice-fishing traps) Maine knows a thing or two! It’s possible to gather several gallons an hour using rakes, a feat that’s just impossible by hand. The only downside being the leaves and other debris that end up in your bucket. Careful technique reduces this, but it's inevitable that you’ll have to sort some leaves and refuse.

One way to do this is to “float” your berries. You put the berries, leaves and all, into a container of water. The ripest fruits sink while much of the leaves, debris and unripe berries float to the surface. You then skim that away, pour off the water, and what remains only needs minimal sorting. I did this at home last year but decided to do it in the field this year. I brought several 5-gallon containers of water, a steel bushel-sized bucket, a strainer, and several of the agricultural trays you see here. We’d submerge our berries in the bucket, skim off the top with the strainer, and pour the remaining berries into the trays to drain. We left the remains there on the blueberry plain.

When we got them home we spread them out on baking sheets where we could easily pick off the remaining leaves and stems (by hand) before bagging them up 1 kilo at a time for the freezer. 
Floating in the field was worth the extra effort, allowing us to gather, process, and freeze a year's worth of blues in a single day. Of course, there’s a bit more nuance to the process but only so much room in an Instagram post!

Have some berry gathering best practices you can share? I’m all ears!

#RatherHuntGather
Blueberry Best Practices! Last year we successfully put away around 20 kilos of frozen wild blueberries. We were happy with the results but the workload was far too high. I’ve been seeking ways to simplify our system. This year was equally productive but with just a fraction of the work. What took us three outings and as many days of processing last year was accomplished in one day this year! First things first, quality blueberry rakes are essential. I buy mine from Maine’s own Hubbard Rake Company. When it comes to blueberry rakes (and ice-fishing traps) Maine knows a thing or two! It’s possible to gather several gallons an hour using rakes, a feat that’s just impossible by hand. The only downside being the leaves and other debris that end up in your bucket. Careful technique reduces this, but it's inevitable that you’ll have to sort some leaves and refuse. One way to do this is to “float” your berries. You put the berries, leaves and all, into a container of water. The ripest fruits sink while much of the leaves, debris and unripe berries float to the surface. You then skim that away, pour off the water, and what remains only needs minimal sorting. I did this at home last year but decided to do it in the field this year. I brought several 5-gallon containers of water, a steel bushel-sized bucket, a strainer, and several of the agricultural trays you see here. We’d submerge our berries in the bucket, skim off the top with the strainer, and pour the remaining berries into the trays to drain. We left the remains there on the blueberry plain. When we got them home we spread them out on baking sheets where we could easily pick off the remaining leaves and stems (by hand) before bagging them up 1 kilo at a time for the freezer. Floating in the field was worth the extra effort, allowing us to gather, process, and freeze a year's worth of blues in a single day. Of course, there’s a bit more nuance to the process but only so much room in an Instagram post! Have some berry gathering best practices you can share? I’m all ears! #RatherHuntGather 
Medley's on the menu! Between the wild chanterelles and chicken of the woods, and our cultivated shiitake and oyster mushrooms, no one is beating my lunch today.
#forage #eatwild #ratherhuntgather
#forest #forestfarm
Shades of Summer - this mosaic of colors and flavors brought to you by the rain, sunshine, roots and mycelium of Vermont. 
Chanterelles (Cantharellus cibarius), lowbush blueberry (Vaccinum angistifolium), wintergreen berries (Gaultheria procumbens), blackberry (Rubus allegheniensis) and the quirky lobster mushroom. 
The lobster mushroom is actually a ascomycete fungus, Hypomyces lactifluorum, that parasitizes species of Lactarius and Russula mushrooms, turning them into prime edibles with a flavor reminiscent of seafood. 
I consumed the berries in my usual method - by cramming handfuls into my facehole, letting the sweet/tart flavors of the blue and blackberries meld with the minty wintergreen. I’ll sauté these mushrooms in a bunch of grass fed butter and herbs and toss over pasta to serve to my **new housemates**, the lovely @alexrweinstein and @aksnevets. 
#ratherhuntgather #chanterelles #lobstermushrooms #wildfood #ilovermont #VT #blueberries #blackberries #wintergreen #wildedibles #wildmushrooms #foraging
Shades of Summer - this mosaic of colors and flavors brought to you by the rain, sunshine, roots and mycelium of Vermont. Chanterelles (Cantharellus cibarius), lowbush blueberry (Vaccinum angistifolium), wintergreen berries (Gaultheria procumbens), blackberry (Rubus allegheniensis) and the quirky lobster mushroom. The lobster mushroom is actually a ascomycete fungus, Hypomyces lactifluorum, that parasitizes species of Lactarius and Russula mushrooms, turning them into prime edibles with a flavor reminiscent of seafood. I consumed the berries in my usual method - by cramming handfuls into my facehole, letting the sweet/tart flavors of the blue and blackberries meld with the minty wintergreen. I’ll sauté these mushrooms in a bunch of grass fed butter and herbs and toss over pasta to serve to my **new housemates**, the lovely @alexrweinstein and @aksnevets. #ratherhuntgather  #chanterelles  #lobstermushrooms  #wildfood  #ilovermont  #VT  #blueberries  #blackberries  #wintergreen  #wildedibles  #wildmushrooms  #foraging 
Hot. Humid. And the mosquitoes were horrible. BUT... the time is drawing closer and there is no time left to waste. I bought my hunting license today. We’re inside of two months before bow season starts here. All the practice counts and is important to make sure I can be as accurate as possible to be as humane as possible. I’ve invested a lot of time and energy in this journey to become a hunter. I hope it ends in a successful season- venison in my freezer- by even if it doesn’t turn out that way, the subtle ways it’s changed me, changed what I see, how I move through the woods, is more than worth it. #artemis #artemissportswomen #backcountyhuntersandanglers #wildplantbabe #wildfeminine #goddessofthehunt #tradbow #traditionalarchery #bowhunter #thewayofthehunt #ratherhuntgather
Hot. Humid. And the mosquitoes were horrible. BUT... the time is drawing closer and there is no time left to waste. I bought my hunting license today. We’re inside of two months before bow season starts here. All the practice counts and is important to make sure I can be as accurate as possible to be as humane as possible. I’ve invested a lot of time and energy in this journey to become a hunter. I hope it ends in a successful season- venison in my freezer- by even if it doesn’t turn out that way, the subtle ways it’s changed me, changed what I see, how I move through the woods, is more than worth it. #artemis  #artemissportswomen  #backcountyhuntersandanglers  #wildplantbabe  #wildfeminine  #goddessofthehunt  #tradbow  #traditionalarchery  #bowhunter  #thewayofthehunt  #ratherhuntgather 
Found some more awesome green figs with purple insides! When fully ripe they're almost black inside! No idea the variety but I've found a few trees now with this color scheme, but they don't all taste the same. I tried to take some cuttings this winter but they all rotted out. #dentistfarmer #figfest #onegreenworld #figtrees #figseason #foodforest #ratherhuntgather #purple #exoticfruit #fruithunter #fruitarian #fruitcollector #greenthumb #figfreak