"In wildness is the preservation of the world." -H.D. Thoreau

Why eat from the wild? The answer is obvious to anyone who has felt the emotional uplift from the weight of a basket brimming with morel mushrooms, the earthy-sweet scent of digging Sassafras roots, or the heavy pulsing of a fish testing the limits of your fly rod.
There are a million reasons to eat wild, to get dirty, to taste fresh food. It is here where we connect to the Earth, our Ancestral past, immediate present and hope for a healthy future...

"Nothing else can build such awareness as surely and powerfully as practicing the ancient ecological art of humankind - foraging. It is not observation of, but rather participation in the phenomena of Nature that brings us to our greatest understanding of our place in the mosaic of life."
-Samuel Thayer The Forager's Harvest

Foraging in the Tip of the Mitten!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Sacred Springs: Wild Water!

Springs are my favorite natural feature and always have been - even before I'd ever found one. When I did I was eleven and was going on a solo hike while winter camping with the local scout group. I couldn't believe my good fortune to see water bubbling forth from the underworld and quickly ran back to tell the others... who didn't give a crap. At all. What a let down.

I went back just last winter to try and find it again, this time on a hike with my grandma and mom. Twenty years have passed and yet the memory was as fresh as the water. Off the trail, through the brambles, down the hill past the old oak and through the hop-hornbeam thicket. There, at the root of a few scrub willows, flowed my spring. It was much nicer to be there with people who actually appreciated it.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Fall Foraging at Iron Horse Farm

On Saturday we were invited out to Iron Horse Farm, an equestrian community in Ellsworth, to check out the land, ID and harvest wild edibles. The rolling hillsides were in full color along Wilson Lake, whose shores were covered in otter scat and is part of the Chain-of-Lakes Watershed. Edibles were indeed abundant! Autumn Olive (aka Autumnberry) was the hit of the day for Jen's kids who gave it the new name "Awesomeberry." I even made it home in time to get out and flush a few woodcock.