For Throwback Thursday we try to take a look at primitive or old skills each week.
Winter foraging is one of the hardest skills for people to do if they are interested in preparing for survival. There is certainly not a large amount of edibles in the woods that are easily seen during this time compared to spring and summer. However that does not mean there aren’t any. One that is out there are leaf buds.
We wanted to introduce you to this topic today and suggest some resources for you, so you can get started. In this video we talk about some of the basics. Below the video you will find some info for great reference material to take to the woods with you next time.
The first book I recommend is The Illustrated Book of Trees, by Wallace Grimm. This has been my GO-TO source for tree bud and leaf scar information for nearly 20 years now. My forester friends recommended it to me saying it was what they used to study tree identification courses for college. It is great.
The other (pictured here) is a nice little booklet that we sell at Nature Reliance School. We do not have a webstore, you will need to email us at [email protected] if you would like one. They are only $10.00 plus $2.00 shipping. These little booklets are THE best on trees here in KY but essentially any area in the Southeast. (PLEASE NOTE: We only have a few of these available)
As always, come on, join in, let’s learn together!