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    Question If you had too, could you forage for food?

    I'm reading an excellant book and the wife/mother is having to forage for food because of the depression and not having any money.

    Would you be able to forage for food should the need arise?

    I'm not sure I could. Not that I would want to but I don't know a whole lot about edibles from the wild. I think this is going to definitely be something I'm going to look more into.

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    I do have a few books that I could use for reference, but no first hand knowledge on what I could get. But I could follow the deer tracks and see what they are eating. lol

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    i would find the mushrooms that kill you with my luck. and I really don't think i could besides like dandielion greens and fiddleheads LOL and they are both in maine. so i would starve here.

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    Not enough to survive on. I know which regional mushrooms and berries are edible. I know of a few plants, like dandilions, that are edible.

    Maybe I need to go on a foraging diet. I would definatly lose some unwanted pounds.

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    I should add especially with all this snow on the ground it would be HARD. Our family did forage for fruit this year, we had all sorts of berries all over. YUMMY.
    I would have hubby get a deer, wild turkey and pigs that are on our property if we had to eat.

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    I could, but with limited success. I know what morel mushrooms are (YUM), and our part of the country is filled with apple, pear and nut trees. Blackberries are so common here that they are cut back each and every year to keep them from covering entire barns! I would train my dog to help me hunt down squirrels and other small game (she already LOVES to try to catch the squirrels, so this wouldn't be too hard to do!).

    BTW, what's the name of this book? I would love to read it too!

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    Hubby would be in his element for sure!

    He's a hunter...

    I'd be gettin' reeeelly skinny.

    But, he would definitely get us through.

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    yes I think I could do it. I have been reading up on herbs. but I know I would lose a lot of weight. My husband is a hunter too & we fish. I think we are spoil in this world we live in.

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    I don't think I would be able to find enough to survive on. I really would like to know more about foraging for food, though. My husband and son are both hunters and fishers, so that would probably help, but if we had to get by on only foraged food, I am afraid we would be in trouble.

    yolo

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    I did a science fair project with ds#3 years ago on the subject....
    I would like to learn more about some of the local plants......

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    I "KNOW" this is an ancient thread -- but since I've been gleaning from the the harvested crop fields, and gathering hickory nuts, and black walnuts. . I thought I'd revive it again.

    What about you? can you forage for enough food to keep your family alive? Even in the fall/winter months?

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    Oh good lord. I'd be screwed. I live in the inner city. There are a few apple trees around, and blackberry bushes. Otherwise I'd be digging through dumpsters and eating pigeon, rat, and raccoon (if I were feeling brave).

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    Pigeon is good . . . and just think of rats as smaller rabbits (they are both rodents).

    Around here, there are generally deer, squirrel, rabbits to hunt (won't state how many laws I'd be breaking to trap them though). . .

    Acorns are in abundance, and I do know how to make them edible. . .cat tail roots, dandelion roots, pine needles. . . uhm I'm sure I'm forgetting some winter forage foods.

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    I have acorns and pine nuts on my property, as well as a lifetime supply of fresh eggs. Wild dill, dandelion, an established herb garden, and I am starting to find out about all sorts of wild medicinal plants that are growing on my back acreage. And lots of ground squirrels.
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    We would have to live on squirrel and wild boar.

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