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This past Thor’s Day Ernistine Cabins and I had the pleasure of attending a talk by Shannon Hayes, author of “Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture,” sponsored by Weston A. Price Foundation and Just Food. A packed house, decent Q&A, and a panel consisting of a radical mom homesteader, mystic herbalist, urban dumpster forager, and Brooklyn chicken coop keeper made for a lively and fascinating discussion.

Listed below are some of our highlights and questions:

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The dandelion is a much maligned meadow plant, a native of Europe. Americans fiercely and defiantly dig out and poison this miracle plant, for no obvious reason other than they think they should. I started thinking for myself, and I have found out quite a bit about this miracle plant.

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Lacto fermented sauerkraut will cure what ails you, tastes great, and the delightful smell will clear a room of normal people.

Wine can be made from just about anything. It’s very easy to do, although I’ve never found a book that explains it in the simple terms it could be. Wine is water plus sugar plus yeast plus time. Fruit or flowers add flavor, and often up the sugar content (flowers a little, fruit a lot). Spring flower wines have a delicate but distinctive flavor. Pick your favorite blossoms; in my yard, there are violets, redbud flowers, and dandelions.

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The feral lunch

I enjoy challenging myself. I threaten to kick my own ass, and however it plays out, I learn about myself and usually expand my personal comfort levels. This week I challenged myself to eat from my yard for one meal each day I am home.

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Nettles

Spring has sprung, which means it’s time to stop hiding from the environment and start consuming it. Even now, months before the berries arrive, there are plenty of tasty morsels to be had in forests and by streams.

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