Originally Posted by MamaWindmill
Ever used dandelion? I've heard it is delicious cooked. There was an article a few months ago in Mother Earth News about dandelion recipes.
Yup! We eat dandelion fresh here, mixed in with salads. It's sooo good for you, abundant and free, and tastes good too. Chickweed too!
And also someone noted earlier about pine needle tea. This is another thing we commonly do here in the South. It has excellent absorbable vitamin C.
I think a great skill in hard times (and even not) is to be able to walk around outside and tell what plant life is around you and their purposes.
Originally Posted by Jenivere
Ok, so laundry going and kids fed...
I have always wanted one of those hand crank light/radio set ups for power outages. I have other things I need to spend my money on right now but I'll wait and see what you think of the one you bought.
This is on our stock up list too. My Papa and MIL have one and they are just a great thing to have.
Originally Posted by thixle
Hmmm... for some reason, I thought people were talking about preparing for possible food/money shortages... not exactly famine, which would leave all of us gardeners out anyway... aren't most famines weather related?
And I really do want to say something (again) about "foraging." It may be hard to understand, if you've never lived in the country, or never been poor, or, or, or... but there are MANY people who "forage" for food. Whether it is hunting, wild-berry picking, or eating weeds. I'm honestly getting a few good laughs over here because I'll have the joy of eating fresh, wild paw-paws next weekend, and some are scoffing at the idea, thinking I'm some kind of nutter. What in the world is wrong with eating wild? What is wrong with herbal medicine? What is wrong with wanting to increase knowledge? What is wrong with wanting to prepare for economic or natural emergencies?
I really don't get it. As someone who grew up poor, yeah, food and shelter are my main priorities. You should try doing without them sometime, then look at your kids and say "well, babe, we'll be the first to go."
ITA about foraging. Reading these threads, I am sorta glad in a way that I come from GA and understand some things about the land. Thank goodness really! People around here already hunt and garden and gather and have chickens and goats, etc. My neighbor used to eat squirrel due to poverty. I am already connected in a network of folks to make things, etc. We already trade and I know in hard times this will continue.
As some of ya'll know, we are actually in the process of downsizing and moving OFF the land and into the city. We will have gardening space available to us if need be and are close with lots of farmers, so I know if I needed a plot, I could easily trade my labor for it and heirloom seed. But it is feeling important to me right now to cut my bills in 1/3 by living in a small space. It is also feeling important to be on the bus line, and within walking distance to family, friends, the library, gov't buildings, etc. Anyone else out there feeling this, or am I alone on this one?