The Real Know How

How-Tos, Videos, Tutorials — Ramping Up for the 21st Century

Archive for the category “foraging”

Hunting for Ramps (“Spring Leeks”)

Don King (no, not the boxing promoter) of TheMushroomHunter.com in Ohio shows us how find, recognize and harvest ramps.

Cavan and Tom Patterson of Wild Purveyors, a wholesaler of wild edibles and organic produce sources in and around Pittsburg, emphasize harvesting ramps sustainably. They say that it takes seven years for a ramp to grow from seed to full maturity, so how you harvest them is important.

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How to Dig Steamer Clams

Mike Foran at Ninigret Pond in Charlestown, Rhode Island, where he was vacationing, shows us how to find and dig for steamer clams.

I would probably wear protective gloves, since clam shells can be sharp, but then I’m not an experienced clammer like Mike.

Urban Farming in Oakland, California

Urban farmer and author (Farm City:The Education of an Urban Farmer and The Essential Urban Farmer), Novella Carpenter talks about urban agriculture and shows us around her reclaimed-from-vacant-lot farm in the “Ghost Town” neighborhood in Oakland, California. She grows vegetables and raised poultry, rabbits, goats, bees and at one time pigs in a relatively small space.

Stuff she touches on in the interview: Raised beds, apiculture, livestock farming, dumpster diving for animal feed, community gardens, food deserts, slaughtering, most productive vegetable, how growing your own food can save money, lead contaminated soil, soil testing, urban predators, seed starting, starting small, books she uses for reference, the power of online how-to videos…

Novella Carpenter blogs at http://ghosttownfarm.wordpress.com/

Warning: Some of the graphics around animal slaughter and Novella’s stories about her pig’s eating habits and her confrontation with an opposum may be too much for some.

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