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    The other day another massage therapist I know told me that I could go down to the river bank and look for smooth stones to do hot stone massage with. I just stared at her blankly... river? What is this "river" you speak of?

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    In summer we could forage and feed ourselves but I'm not sure about winter. We have acorns but I have prepared them and it's very time consuming to get all the tannins out so they are edible.

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    I could forage better in VT during the warm months than I can in FL. I am not used to the things here in the wild. I could certainly fish though.

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    I forgot about fish. LOL

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    I can fish, I know dandelions, cattails, milkweed pods, purselane, acorns, black raspberries, morel & puffball mushrooms, wild strawberries, pine needles, pinecone seeds, another plant...can't remember the name but it grew like a weed in my garden (haha). I don't think that is enough to keep me alive but like others I would lose a lot of weight.

    I had foraging books for the Rocky Mountains and I just moved to the mid west. Buying foraging books is on my list of things to do.

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    For vegetables and fruits yes. But fishing and hunting, no. Neither DH nor I know how to do those. We'd have to grow beans to feed us in the winter and go vegetarian. Or hook up with a hunter/fisherman/trapper to trade. Up side is I have several detailed field identification guides and know how to use them. Down side, I wouldn't go near mushroom identification without an expert to guide me.

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    I have no idea at all and I feed the squirrels in our backyard and could not even think of eating them! I would have to eat grass I am afraid! DH would probably be able to hunt and fish and it would take gnawing hunger for me to eat fish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daylily View Post
    In summer we could forage and feed ourselves but I'm not sure about winter. We have acorns but I have prepared them and it's very time consuming to get all the tannins out so they are edible.
    yes it is -- but if we were starving, I could do it. I do it now, "just in case" and to make some Native American meals for holidays.

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    I was just thinking it might take more energy to prepare them than we would get out of them! Of course, they would need to be prepared in the Fall and kept for winter like the Native Americans did it. At least I know how to do it. I have several pkgs in the freezer now.

    Linda Runyon has a book called "Eat the Trees" that I would love to have. She and her family apparently foraged one winter when everything in the root cellar froze and ruined. I think they lived in Vermont.

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    dewberries, pecans, wild garlic, squirrel, rabbits, raccoons, wild onions, dandelion, deer, wild hogs, poke, fish and some I know I'm not remembering; it would be harsh, but between dh & I, we could probably do it.

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    I could do it, but it takes a lot of time and effort. Would move to our cabin by the sea and live on fish from the sea and lakes, fruits and berries from the forest. It takes a lot of time go get a hunters license here, and it costs a lot to get hunting rights, so I think it would be easier to just have a couple of sheep or a pig.

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