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  • #2257

    Indigo Rhyme
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    I grew up in Michigan with a father who loved to take us out into the woods and teach us about foraging. I ate dandelion greens and cattail stalks long before I’d ever seen a butternut squash.

    Now, after 50 years of what I’m doing in the woods, I’ve moved to Florida. Nothing looks the same, obviously. I want to know if there are any specialty books about foraging in Florida. I think it’s an important skill, and one I’d like to get back into again.

  • #2258

    Tolik
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    I live in Maine , lots to forage around here . L love fiddlehead season .

  • #2261

    Anonymous

    Indigo, check out your local library. Our library has many books for the local and regional plants that are available. There may be an extension office at one of the larger universities that could help you also.

  • #2263

    Anonymous

    Another place to check would be farmers markets, they should be open pretty often, and who better to ask than the ones who work the land 🙂

  • #5918

    Old Goat
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    Have lived lots of places and climates and you can forage in most, with some good books and possibly some good friends, but this current one is the most difficult for me. It is arid high alpine with not overly productive soil for gardens. Because of the very short season to grow things its a challenge that way too.

    Went out around the neighborhood this summer to see what was growing within 2 miles should it be needed here. But, was surprised how little people grew that was edible, at least in the front yard I’m sure they had edibles in the backyards but there are few alleys here to check that out. Russian Olives (very limited time of year to pick them and uses safely), a few gooseberry plants, and some crabbe apples (for pectin), lots of lilacs so that was good (for fevers), we did plant some fruit trees but don’t have an expectation of much fruit in most years.

  • #6321

    Old Goat
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    Forgot about the bull rushes. These are used for torches, filling baby diapers, insulation that sort of thing  and certain rushes the root bulbs are edible. But water is in short supply on its own and regulated since the state foolishly sold a lot of its water to California for decades.  Water when bugging out is also a problem here as many ponds are toxic part of the year.

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