Foraging

Hail Brave Hearts

Finally the warmth rolls in, the clouds part way and the sun can shine. The wintry blasts are receding and the rain pours down in buckets, but the earth yields up her garden and it’s bountiful as always. A bit later than it usually is, but still in aromatic abundance, the wildflowers show off their colorful delights. Dandelion, the master of spring, with more to eat than to discard, pops up in it’s usual multitudes for us to indulge our natural cravings in. So plentiful, it’s sunshine, so full of goodness, it’s dietary delicious, so easy to find and to consume, the harvest is in, and it’s golden.

Lilac is purple, or white or pinkish, full of fragrance and honey. The birds and the bees indulge in it’s goodness and the tiny nests of songbirds hide in the abundant foliage. It’s sweet and full of goodness, another springtime treasure. Fill up the larder with sweet smelling cooking. It’s unusual, but that is what the garden is, fragrant and sweet and delicious.

The roses are in full bloom, as eye catching as always. I reach out to shake their showy, fragrant blooms. The yield from the rose is small but mighty as I stock my fragrance bar. This tasty large lilac flower, this small delicate rose, add to my concoctions of sweet treats which fill the larder with unusual delicacies. I love the spring! It’s so wild and tasteful, a banquet of floral bouquet. Stalk the elusive wild spring flowers to fill the pantry and to delight your taste buds with this unusual gourmet.

My backyard garden is in full bloom. Nothing is discarded if its edible. That new weed, might just be the next experiment in decadent floral cooking. The flowers are picked in full bloom, with many seasonal recipes to try. Lilac and dandelion,rose and fireweed, bring treats of liqueurs, sorbets, honey and biscuits, which last long past the flowery show of colorful blossoms.

It’s so self indulgent it becomes perfume with fragrant oils for the bath. Long past spring our bodies are soothed by the richness of the flower garden with it’s plentiful blooms. Violets and pansies spring into sight. A gorgeous salad, a scrumptious palate waiting to be plucked and devoured.

https://www.westcoastseeds.com/blogs/garden-wisdom/list-of-edible-flowers?gclid=CjwKCAjw1f_pBRAEEiwApp0JKPZZdlkiG5MP_ontgnI6niYrFyNQ8ysnPhhNdVoE8fZp90X4C278jxoC39YQAvD_BwE

So its spring and the first harvest is in. Full of vitamins and minerals and something sugary and fragrant and unique. The self indulgent past time of foraging Earth’s delights, makes a simple act of cooking a gourmet’s treat. The Earth’s powers. Fragrant, colorful, beautiful, delicious and nutritious, coming from your garden, in a brand new way..

written by Dr. Louise Hayes

July 28, 2019

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Tasks

For the ease of the family, so that everyone can work and play,the cleaning schedule should be a part of the daily living of each and every member of the household.
If each member of the household contributes 20 minutes every day to cleaning, the house will remain clean. No backbreaking, time consuming household chores for one individual only. That is too much work and too much indoor time for one person to bear. No more of one individual being stuck doing household chores while everyone else goes out to play. No more secluding and isolating one person to be a prisoner in the home, whose only achievement is the daily household cleaning and who`s conversations perpetually return to cleaning, cleaning products and general household care.
These conversations are for everyone, from time to time, for the general cleanliness and maintenance of the home.
The home is a place to be shared. The home is a place of comfort and joy. It is the responsibility of each individual to contribute to the comfort and joy of the home. This includes cleaning and cooking.
If each person cleans for 20 minutes a day, the house will remain clean. It has to start off clean. Do the deep clean first, them move to the 20 minutes each, every day schedule. It is not too much to ask. Choose how you would like to tackle this project. Will it be room by room. Task by task. One chore with an extra. The grounds have to be maintained as well. It could be an extra, since the maintenance of the grounds is a necessity and is essential.
Learning to garden, although a hobby for most who do it, is also a part of the Sustainability Plan for Food, if you are planting crops. Organic gardening is advised and all members of the household should be involved in the garden. Gardening is a pleasure, a reward, a life support and a means to understanding the Earth.
The family will interact with each other and share more, if these essential aspects of living are shared with each other. As the family shares more, the more they have in common. Since everyone does the same job, for the same amount of time, they will show more respect for each other. With the family working and living together, there is less intrusion by outsiders, because the family is always together. This gives them the time to play together as well. A close knit family is a family that will survive.
Praises mankind, your enduring relationships will last forever.
Written by Dr. Louise Hayes
February 3,2014

Food – Part 2

Food – Part 2

Food, Part 2

Her fruit production is now high enough for her to sell some fruit, some pies and some jam. She can trade or sell meat, wool, eggs, milk, cheese, yogourt and spices. She is now affluent. If there is hardship or recession, she will still survive. She can make sweathers, blankets and rugs. Allof her earthly needs are easily provided for bn this small parcel of land. The house is large enough to house 6 people and the land is productive enough for allof them to live solely on the harvest of this land. The homesteader has achieved self sustainability in one year and affluence in two to five years. She now has endless amounts of leisure time to pursue other successes. The greatest toil will be at harvest when all of the fruit is picked, canned, packaged and stored, but this only amounts to a few months of the year. During the rest of the time, she will weave, knit, sew and indulge herself in her other passions.
She also has enough fruit for liquers and wine. These are also for sharing, gifts and trade.
She is a horticulturalist, so her interests are in exotics. She’s constantly trying out new plants and collecting seeds. Her other plantings are sunflowers and nasturciums. She plants dill for pickling and corn for flour. There is also hazelnut, bean and potato flour. She also has mint for tea and dries berries for tea. She has a beehive off site for honey. Since there’s no sugar, honey is needed. With the abundance of flowering plants and trees and with plnatings around the aviary, the bees produce as nmuch as 60 lbs of honey a season. She easily collects the honey without damaging the bees. She is extremely self reliant.
The plumbing is dug deep to ensure no pollution and the heat is by solar energy. A wood pile is still needed as a prcautionary backup, but is used less often than expected.
The corn cobs will be used to help feed her neighbours pigs, the stalks for brooms, the leaves for weaving baskets and mats and the kernels, to eat and to make flour with.
From wood ash and animal fat, soap and hand lotion are produced.
After only one year, she is self-sufficient and after two years she has plenty. So much so, that she actually needed less land to survive.
go to http://www.motherearthnews.com for homesteading in Canada.
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In our cooler northern climate, food production is not as readily plentiful as areas farther south. The food supply is becoming scarcer, with less variety of produce available to eat. The scenario I’ve depicted is a possibility of the life of our forfathers who homesteaded these lands. The first year is the most difficult, but after that, how much land is really needed for crop production? On a small parcel of land, properly used and planted, the yield can be high enough for the survival of a family. The fruit trees alone bear a high yield and if all of the crop is properly utilized, there’s high food production from these trees.
So, why plant a tree. For the great good Earth so that it can breathe, for us as well, so that we can eat.
visit: http://www.ehow.com/fruit-bearing-trees for tips on how to care for your trees and visit http://www.fourseasonsnursery.org for northern trees and to a couple of varieties of northern fruit bearing trees. These people are also bird enthusiasts, so they also have a page on birds.
written by: Louise hayes
April 8, 2013

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