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Hunting, Gathering and Foraging

Wild foods of all kinds....goods from the woods!

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Fall Foraging 5 Replies

In Virginia, even though I am still harvesting some veggies and plenty of herbs, our fall foraging is in full swing. We have walnuts, hickory, acorns, dandelion, sorrels, lambs quarters, Jerusalem…Continue

Started by Lynn S. Last reply by Penny V. Nov 27, 2012.

Urban Foraging and its Legalities 4 Replies

An article in today's NYT discusses foraging on foreclosed properties.  Yes, there is the trespass issue, but is it not a greater crime to let food go to waste?  I am glad to hear that local…Continue

Tags: sharing, foodwaste, laws, legal, foraging

Started by Torry. Last reply by SamR Sep 8, 2012.

Why limit the group to meat? 6 Replies

I think the Homegrowers on this site might benefit more from the group if it included additional hunting goals! It would still be a bit like a big game hunting trip where several folks agree to…Continue

Started by Pat Johnson. Last reply by SamR Sep 8, 2012.

Foraging in Missouri 4 Replies

Hello there. My hubby and I are interested in what types of fruits and other edibles can be foraged around the St. Louis area. We've seen some Elderberries and Blackberries, but wondering what else…Continue

Tags: Foraging

Started by Stacey. Last reply by Stacey Jan 29, 2012.

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Comment by Torry on July 28, 2010 at 11:57am
off to go get elderberries for wine making....they should be ripe this week...
Comment by Pat Johnson on July 28, 2010 at 2:38pm
Torry, check out the following link. This guy has recepes for making wine from just about anything. I made the Jalapeno Wine a couple years ago and was definately pleased! He's got several Eldaberry Wine recepes listed as well. http://winemaking.jackkeller.net/request.asp

Comment by Torry on July 29, 2010 at 9:14am
One year I was working on a survey crew, tramping through some of the farthest reaches of hell's half acre up in the mountains. We happened upon an old old farmhouse, all rotted out. My buddy went inside to get a peek and fell through the floorboards. Below we found granny's stash of elderberry wine! Unknown how long it had been sitting there...long enough to make a fine, fine aged wine though!
Comment by Pat Johnson on July 29, 2010 at 11:47am
Now that is one lucky fall! I hope he didn't get hurt making the discovery. In an effort to help others get as lucky without the danger of falling, I have been Geo-caching bottle of Wish-Key (It's illegal to make Whiskey) on my travels. Originaly I tried to simply list the coordinates but quickly discovered that a bottle buried is dificult to find with only coordinates unless you are willing to turn the location into a prarrie-dog-town looking place with hundreds of holes. So I started giving friends written instructions to improve their odds in finding the treasures. I allow them to look at a map with dots indicating the locations and then tell them to let me know which "ONE" they want the directions to. I didn't want just one of them digging allthe bottles up. So far I have bottles located in between Florida and New Mexico (25+) and a couple buried on the Prudoe Bay Pipeline road near the Arctic Circle in Alsaka. I'm still working on the northern half of the US but can only do it if I'm driving and not flying. Let me know if you're traveling the southern US and give me a hint as to what roads and I'll provide you with a road trip diversion or two. I recently took a friend to Louisiana and when we crossed over Whisky Bay I asked if he knew why they called it Whiskey Bay. He didn't know why so I pulled into a rest area and went over to the perimeter fince and kicked up a bottle of Wish-Key buried about an inch under the dirt and said "The reason they call it Wiskey Bay is because you can just kick up a bottle of whiskey any ol where"! He got a big kick out of it and so did I.

Comment by Melissa Rinier on March 16, 2011 at 8:16pm
Hi, I am pretty new to this site but it is a great tool! I am interested in sugaring and its the perfect time here in PA but unfortunately, I haven't been able to gain access to any maples to tap. I have also, read several articles about ramps. I am going to be looking for these this Spring. If anyone has any recipes or tips, I would be interested in seeing them. Thanks.
Comment by Lynn S on March 19, 2011 at 6:38am

Melissa, I wrote a blog post on ramps (with links to other ramp posts) and you can read it here: 



We have planted ramps in a few spots of our woods and near our stream bed. We are seeing the ramp shoots popping up out of the ground this week so I am very encouraged to know that we might be able to provide the natural environment they need.


There are some festivals in WV during the ramp-harvest season and maybe you'll have a chance to go! 

Comment by Melissa Rinier on March 29, 2011 at 7:23am
Lynn,  Thanks for the info. I will check it out. Let me know about the festivals. I might be able to make it down for a weekend. Thanks again!
Comment by Susanhope Otf MasonRbe on April 9, 2011 at 1:41pm
I am a newby, and have a great deal to learn.  I am in NC now, but am trying to move to Texas where I have a small lot.  Are there any foraging groups in the Livingston, Texas/Polk County, Texas area?
Comment by Carol J. Alexander on April 27, 2011 at 12:53pm


I'm new to Homegrown.org and this group. Can't wait to meet you all. We live in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and my favorite foraging is for berries!

Comment by Torry on December 19, 2011 at 1:11pm

An unusually warm winter has kept a few wild edible greens around for an extra while.  I was walking in a fallow field and saw some common winter cress (Barbarea vulgaris).  They have a warm, mustardy flavor.  This got me thinking ahead to spring for creesy greens, a look-a-like edible that grows like crazy in spring.  Happy foraging!


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