30 days of forage and storage

After 3 months off from our 30 day challenges for an easy flow of Summer we are back to cultivating mindfulness, setting intentions and following through. Every day of September i will be hunting and gathering urban edibles and wild foods as well as researching uses and tips on identifying available species around the city. As for storage i intend to dry herbs, perhaps make some lotions potions and salves for the home apothecary, can some goods, delve into my wild fermentation book, make ice cream, make jam and other more whimsical experimentation. First up and widely available are blackberries! i hope to fill the very tip top of our wee freezer and Little A has blackberry bars on his wish list for back to school snacks. On various ventures to the brambles we’ve also found some red clover (so many uses), an apple tree that was not so delicious but maybe mixed with other varieties in tarts, st. john’s wort to dry for future healing salves and other curious but unknown things growing. I’ll be watching the rosehips deepen red closer to the end of the month as well as learning more about the widely available plantain and dandelion plants. Comfrey is also on my seek list as are salal berries but maybe those are over?? You are most welcome to join us in your own foraging adventures and local experience is greatly appreciated!


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  1. Ooooooh, VERY cool challenge. I’m not sure I’ll be doing it everyday, but I’d REALLY love to learn so much more about the plants around our new home here. I’m also interested in natural dyeing, have you done much of that? I tried Queen Anne’s Lace (which is of the carrot family and apparently you can eat the roots in a soup), but it was a pretty faded yellow – want to learn more about bringing out the colour!!! Very interested to hear more about your finds!!!!

    Comment by erica — September 5, 2012 @ 10:16 am

  2. Oh, yes, I will join you in this for sure, my friend! You’ll have to stock up on Salal berries up here next summer!

    Comment by gwen elliott — September 5, 2012 @ 9:16 pm

  3. Erica – i think a 30 day challenge of natural dyeing is in order! Thanks for the tip. There’s so much more that i’d love to try in that.

    yay Gwen!!! so fun. we had such a great visit over that way this summer – we will definitely head back. are salal berries an early summer thing then?

    Comment by admin — September 5, 2012 @ 11:21 pm

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