WILD BUCKWHEAT: THE GRAIN OF THE 90’S (1390’S, THAT IS)

WILD BUCKWHEAT: THE GRAIN OF THE 90’S (1390’S, THAT IS)
Wild buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum) is one of Southern California's most common chaparral plants. You see it everywhere in the dry chaparral hills, generally appearing as low green mounds with the conspicuous round brown flower heads rising above the mounds. Most hikers to the chaparral hike through and over wild buckwheat regularly without kno...
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ACORNS: THE STAFF OF LIFE

ACORNS: THE STAFF OF LIFE
For countless generations of American Indians, acorns were the staff of life. Some families gathered up to 500 pounds of acorns every September through November as they ripened. Today, most people regard acorns as food only for squirrels, and literally tons of this good food go to waste every autumn in the forest and on city streets. What a shame. ...
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WHY EAT WILD FOOD?

WHY EAT WILD FOOD?
"Live light upon the land if you would not be earthbound." by Shining Bear For years I thought "Wild food would get me through an emergency, so I'm glad I'm familiar with the local wild plants." Though I used wild food somewhat frequently, this context lurked, unacknowledged, as one of the larger motivators for that use. It was only after marketing...
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WELCOME TO “POOR MAN’S GINSENG!"

WELCOME TO “POOR MAN’S GINSENG!"
Though ginseng root is regarded as a panacea by herbalists the world over, I'd rather use "poor man's ginseng" which grows, free-for-the-picking, all around us. "Poor man's ginseng is almost as nutritional as ginseng, and can be consumed in large amounts without worry. What is "Poor man's ginseng"? I'm speaking of the common, ordinary dandelion, th...
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MAKING YOUR OWN JERKY

MAKING YOUR OWN JERKY
Many hikers today routinely enjoy beef jerky as a part of their trail-side meals. But, it wasn't that long ago that you'd have to make your own jerky. Now that jerky is so common in any backpacking store, and even at convenience stores, the making of jerky is fast becoming another "lost art."   Indians of the Americas used to build stick platf...
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ROCK COOKING

ROCK COOKING
During a recent visit to Wildwood Canyon Park north of Burbank in the Verdugo Hills, I picked up a flat rock. It was about one-half inch thick, and measured roughly ten inches by seven inches. I decided to use this rock to practice stone cooking. My cooking surface would be the side of the rock that was completely flat. I placed my flat rock on a f...
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SQUARE FOOT, RAISED BEDS AND INTENSIVE GARDENING

SQUARE FOOT, RAISED BEDS AND INTENSIVE GARDENING
PICK A GOOD LOCATION FOR YOUR GARDEN You will want your garden to have good drainage, lots of sunlight (6-8 hours, 9 am to 4 pm best light) and be close to home so it is easy to water, you can harvest fresh for meals, you can have herbs to cook or garnish and will keeps animals away. SOIL Soil is composed of different sizes of particles of silt, cl...
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WATER PURIFICATION

WATER PURIFICATION
WATER PURIFICATION  During a survival situation clean, safe drinking water is very important for your survival. Without it you will fall victim to disease, sickness, dehydration then death. Everyone must store the proper purification products to survive. If this is not done, no matter how many guns and ammunition you have stored away, they wil...
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“HOW TO SURVIVE” FOOD PROGRAM

“HOW TO SURVIVE” FOOD PROGRAM
SECTION I - WHAT SHOULD WE STORE? Three suggested plans are given below for your guidance. The plans can be used as given or altered to suit your needs and storage conditions. If you alter these plans, it would be wise to refer to the Nutritional Table in Section X to make sure that you maintain the essential protein in your diet. One item in parti...
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SMALL SPACE AND APARTMENT GARDENING

SMALL SPACE AND APARTMENT GARDENING
Just because you live in the city or an apartment doesn't mean you can't garden. You just have to be a little creative. Think about spaces around your apartment. Is there a fire escape, balcony, a roof area, or just a window? If so, you can garden. It is easier than you think. Let's get started. The roof top provides the most space, if you are luck...
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BASIC SPROUTING GUIDE - HOW TO GROW FRESH VEGETABLES YEAR-ROUND IN YOUR OWN KITCHEN GARDEN QUICKLY, EASILY AND INEXPENSIVELY

BASIC SPROUTING GUIDE - HOW TO GROW FRESH VEGETABLES YEAR-ROUND IN YOUR OWN KITCHEN GARDEN QUICKLY, EASILY AND INEXPENSIVELY
WHY USE SPROUTS? Reasons for using sprouts are so plentiful and so important it's usually only a matter of listing them to convince you to try this very special kind of in-home gardening–accomplished in the comfort of your own kitchen. Increasing numbers of families find sprouting nutritious, delicious, and far less expensive than store prices. Thi...
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SPROUTING SEEDS

SPROUTING SEEDS
If you garden, then you're going to enjoy growing sprouts. You don't need soil, a rake, shovel, planting board, roto-tiller or a plot. There are no weeds to pull, no fertilizer to spread, no baking in the hot sun, and no aching back! If you don't garden, don't worry. Anyone can sprout seeds; don't leave out the kids as most like watching sprouts gr...
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THE WILD HERITAGE: COMMON WILD FOODS FOUND WHEREVER YOU GO

THE WILD HERITAGE: COMMON WILD FOODS FOUND WHEREVER YOU GO
The gathering of edible wild plants was once a common family practice. But as our society became more "sophisticated," we gradually shed those practices that seemed to be equated with poverty. Thus, today, even the "poor" and homeless do not want to "stoop" to pick wild plants - they may even go hungry when food abounds. Yet, times change. Many fol...
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BREAD

BREAD
In the days after the "DAY", gathering, preparing or cooking your own food will be an important part of your daily grind. Of course, most survivalists have been busy learning how to find edible plants, sighting in their weapons and other things of the sort, but what about bread and other baked goods? Most survival books such as "Passport to Surviva...
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SURVIVAL FOOD STORAGE

SURVIVAL FOOD STORAGE
The storage of food for future use is one of mans oldest and time consuming preoccupations. The specific techniques of food storage and preparation date back many thousands of years. The most ancient and accurate writings, the Old Testament Bible as chronicled by the Hebrew peoples, give specific instruction on food storage (as well as other surviv...
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HARMFUL ADDITIVES THAT COULD BE IN YOUR SURVIVAL FOOD STOCKPILE

HARMFUL ADDITIVES THAT COULD BE IN YOUR SURVIVAL FOOD STOCKPILE
While many advocates of storing up bountiful supplies of survival food are on the right track, few are aware of a potential pitfall in their plans. This paper highlights little-known dangers in using processed foods, particularly those prepared for lone-term storage; and the remedies for their shortcomings. WHY BE CONCERNED? I was talking with a lo...
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SURVIVAL FOOD STOCKPILING

SURVIVAL FOOD STOCKPILING
If you are interested in long-term survival enough to be read­ing this paper, it is not necessary to belabor the necessity of stockpiling food. The questions addressed in this paper are: how much to stockpile, what alternatives are available, and how to replenish the stockpile while in use. HOW MUCH TO STOCKPILE? Most Survivalist writers recommend ...
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SURVIVAL FORAGING FOR WILD FOODS

SURVIVAL FORAGING FOR WILD FOODS
Oliver Cromwell wanted to be painted "warts and all". This paper will be similarly realistic. The more I learn about wild foods, the less confident I am of my own, or anyone's, ability to "live off the land" for prolonged periods under today's con­ditions. Foraging can be a great deal of fun, when you don't have to do it, but wild foods should be r...
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SEEDS FOR SURVIVAL

SEEDS FOR SURVIVAL
If some cataclysmic event occurred which put the survivors in a primitive existence situation, one of the priority survival items would probably be vegetable and grain seeds. These seeds might represent the ability to obtain edible food for yourself and what­ever livestock you possessed. This paper only covers what seeds should be selected, how to ...
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WHEAT ESSENTIALS

WHEAT ESSENTIALS
STORING WHEAT One half pound of wheat provides the following: 30 grams of protein, over 1 milligram of thiatin, 8 milligrams of niacin, 6 milligrams of iron, some riboflavin and other nutrients. In the storing of wheat the following points should be kept in mind: kind or variety, grade, moisture, container, storage, known minerals and known vitamin...
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