Source: Life on the Balcony

Find a Pallet

The first thing you need to do is–obviously–find a pallet. I’ve had good luck finding them in dumpsters behind supermarkets. No need to be squeamish. It doesn’t smell. At least, it doesn’t smell that bad. Don’t just take the first pallet you find. You’re looking for one with all the boards in good condition, no nails sticking out, no rotting, etc. If you intend to put edibles in your pallet, be sure to find one that was heat treated as opposed to fumigated with pesticides. READ MORE

Survival Topics

In this Survival Topic I will introduce to you another part of the Eastern White Pine that is nutritious and easy to harvest in amounts large enough to be a very significant source of food for you and your companions during an extended survival emergency: its inner bark.

You will likely find the inner bark of pine trees to be good to eat at any time, whether or not you are in a food emergency. READ MORE…

GroEdibles Blog

Here are some reliable links from university cooperative extensions and other sources around the country.

As the plants will vary regionally it is important to seek out information pertaining to your specific region. REMEMBER: some plants are toxic at various levels of ingestion…single ingestion or cumulative. Always use caution when identifying and using wild plants and, of course, NEVER eat any plant that may have been sprayed with pesticide.

“The prime directive in foraging for wild plants for consumption is simple, yet its violation has led to illness and even fatalities. You must never consume any part of any plant whose identity is questionable. There are a number of plants whose look-alikes are toxic and whose identity must carefully be ascertained before they are used. Certain parts of some edible plants may be poisonous. Some plants are edible when young but become toxic later on. Some plants are edible during certain seasons but toxic during others. ” Familiarizing Students with some Edible & Poisonous Wild Plants, Barry s. Kendler, Dominick J. Pirone, Manhattan College, Bronx, NY, · The American Biology Teacher Vol. 51, No. 8 (Nov. – Dec., 1989), pp. 463-471 Published by: University of California Press.