[LMB] OT: weaving - foraging and food

Aruvqan aruvqan at gmail.com
Sun Oct 5 06:20:00 BST 2014

On 10/3/2014 8:46 PM, Walter Bushell wrote:
> On Oct 3, 2014, at 6:36 PM, Aruvqan wrote:
>> Actually, I should try and buy back my Grandparents 9 acre lakefront summer cottage 'estate' and do the whole Lakewalker summer experience =)
> But you can't raise plunkin, and their ability to do so gave them a higher standard of living in their putatively nomadic lifestyle.
Hm.  Google Perry NY - and look at the non-town end of the lake. Oddly 
enough it seems to be the only lake that has the inlet and outlet at the 
same end [though since there are innumerable smaller springs at the 
bottom of the lake, as well as a marsh at the butt end of the lake I 
don't consider it only has the one 'official' inlet.] It is one of the 
tiniest of the Fingerlakes [though most people don't consider it a 
fingerlake, it was created at the same time the rest of them were gouged 
out by the glaciers.]

You can actually find pretty much everything that is in general in the 
WGW with the exception of plunkin and [happily] Malices. Though I 
understand while there are bears and coyotes, there hasn't been wild 
boar in better than 100 years. Oh, and every now and again a moose 
wanders through, they are not entirely certain where they come from - 
most people figure Adirondacks. Given a bit of advance warning to get 
the appropriate licensing, Rob could get deer, bear, moose, turkey, 
goose, duck, raccoon, squirrel and bunny within the state, and we could 
forage lotus [water lily] milkweed, wild carrot, cattails, fiddlehead, 
*theoretically* mushrooms [I refuse to forage for mushrooms as I have NO 
experience or training, and I would even hesitate to cook them for 
someone that did forage them.] assorted vegetables, fruits and berries 
from orchards and gardens gone feral [wildlife permitting...] Well - 
actually I took several different zone Outward Bound summer courses and 
am fairly adept at finding food in the wild. With game frozen so we 
wouldn't be poaching out of season, and fresh foraged stuff I could feed 
people adequately. Once the garden and orchard were renovated I could 
definitely feed people without recourse to a grocery store.

I can tell you exactly *why* I refuse to watch the whole Survivor 
series. First season, I missed the first few shows and didn't see it 
until a friend was over for dinner and we watched it. Now imagine being 
lost on an island in the Pacific with a supply of rice, a sauce pan, a 
knife and a lighter. On a verdant island with tide pools. Now start 
complaining about nothing to eat except bland rice. OK, jackass. Set 
someone with a pile of wood, the sauce pan and the fire. Keep filling 
the saucepan with saltwater and boiling it dry, refilling as it dries 
out. When you get a quarter inch of *salt* stop and store the resulting 
salt in a twist of large leaf. Now have someone go wading in the tidal 
pools and grab whatever critters are there. Scoop a pan of water out of 
the ocean, simmer said critters until cooked. Remove, reserving the 
broth created from cooking the critters. Now cook the rice in the 
flavored water. Now you have protein, carb and flavor. *sigh* It really 
takes talent to starve when you are given potable water, rice, a means 
of cooking and one of the most target rich environments for foraging 
foods on earth. [they were cooking the rice in unsalted plain potable 
water. They were not foraging the tide pools for seafood. They were not 
foraging the jungle for fruits. They were freaking idiots.] When taking 
Outward Bound, we learned to forage for food, create shelters, create 
fire by several types of friction and how not to kill ourselves in 
creative ways. I am seriously wondering what the newer generations are 
going to do if they never learn common sense and survival. Last I heard 
from some Girl Scouts they don't go camping, last thing they did was 
learn to play *bridge*. @_@

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