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Shelter 101: Wilderness and Emergency Survival Shelters

Shelter is one of the top priorities necessities in the wilderness and survival situation. Below we will go into which shelter would be best for you depending on the situation or location you are in. First ask yourself how quickly you need to build a shelter, and how long you plan on being in the […]

30 Uses for Wood Ash

1. Make lye water out of ash. You can boil 2-3 spoons of ash (clean white/grey fluffy ash) with water and then filter it with a coffee filter. Lye water is a great cleaning agent and sanitizer for clothes, floors, windows, silverware, plates, and even rust in marble. You can also make lye by adding […]

Edible Wild Plants: Shepherd’s Purse (Capsella Bursa-Pastoris)

Shepherd’s purse (Capsella Bursa-Pastoris) is a lover of waste grounds, roadsides and old fields. It bears flat, heart-shaped seed pods and is similar to peppergrasses. The basal leaves are dandelionlike, while the stem leaves are clasping. It produces white flowers that are found on spikelike clusters. The vigorously growing new foliage is sometimes cooked like […]

Edible Wild Plants: Burdock (Arctium Lappa)

Burdock (Arctium Lappa) has been traditionally used as a skin remedy for acne, boils, abscesses, eczema and psoriasis. It can be taken alone or mixed with other herbs such as dandelion root or yellow dock root, to balance its strong cleansing action. Burdock can occasionally worsen skin conditions initially due to its strong detoxifying action. […]

Edible Wild Plants: Jerusalem Artichoke (Helianthus Tuberosus)

Jerusalem Artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus), also called sunroot, sunchoke, earth apple or topinambour, is a species of sunflower native to eastern North America, and found from eastern Canada and Maine west to North Dakota, and south to northern Florida and Texas. It is also cultivated widely across the temperate zone for its tuber, which is used […]

Edible Wild Plants: Wild Parsnip (Pastinaca Sativa)

Once one of the most important vegetables in the American diet, the Wild Parsnip (Pastinaca Sativa) has fallen increasingly into obscurity over the last hundred years. Home-cooking has been replaced by fast food and pre-packaged meals, while gardening has become more of a curiosity than a norm-and both of these trends have conspired against this […]

Edible Wild Plants: Field Garlic / Wild Garlic (Allium Vineale)

Field Garlic (Allium Vineale) aka Wild Garlic is a tough and very rank species which infests fields, pastures and roadsides of the Atlantic states and from New York southward so often flavors the late-winter and early-spring milk with garlic oil, is apparently not valued as human food. It belongs in the excessively strong-flavored series of […]

Edible Wild Plants: Winter Cress / Yellow Rocket (Barbarea Vulgaris)

Winter Cress (Barbarea Vulgaris) also known as Yellow Rocket is one of the most commonly found winter wild edible plants. The leaves are available all year round, even in the winter, especially if the weather is mild. Winter is a tough time for foragers stuck in a northern climate zone. Leaves have fallen and are […]

Edible Wild Plants: Highbush Cranberry (Viburnum Trilobum)

The Highbush Cranberry (Viburnum Trilobum) is a deciduous shrub growing to 4-5 m tall. The bark is gray and rough and has a scaly texture. The stems arch and are very dense, and the twigs are a reddish-brown color. The leaves are opposite, three-lobed, 6-12 cm long and 5-10 cm broad, with a rounded base […]

Edible Wild Plants: Creeping Snowberry (Gaultheria Hispidula)

Creeping Snowberry (Gaultheria Hispidula) is a low trailing perennial plant found in bogs and wetland forests in the northern United States and Canada. The leaves are round and only 5 to 10 millimeters long. The creeping stems form leafy mats on logs and hummocks, often near Sphagnum moss. The stems and under-surface of the leaves […]

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