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(STLToday)   Phase 1: release a book about back yard foraging for weeds. phase 2: instruct your print empire to publish article about how this is a thing now. phase 3: buy this book or else we won't profit   (stltoday.com) divider line 34
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2013-05-29 08:42:16 AM
The Main Stream Media at it's finest.
 
2013-05-29 08:46:24 AM
I think someone told her to write an article about eating weed, but she misunderstood and churned this out instead
 
2013-05-29 08:51:03 AM
A publishing company is using the media to publicize one of its books?

i40.tinypic.com
 
2013-05-29 08:52:23 AM
It's a dumb movement but hey, I like anything that teaches people how to live off the land.  Will lessen the shock of some interruption of the economy, or zombiepocalypse, or whatever.

I learned how to make beer, personally.  My skills will be highly prized after armageddon.
 
2013-05-29 08:58:02 AM
You could just purchase the classic Foxfire books.
 
2013-05-29 09:00:37 AM
It's all fun and games until someone makes a nice nightshade (Atropa belladonna) salad.

/pro-tip - some plants hate you and want you to die.
 
2013-05-29 09:22:38 AM

Priapetic: It's all fun and games until someone makes a nice nightshade (Atropa belladonna) salad.

/pro-tip - some plants hate you and want you to die.


But it is all natural, organically grown nightshade, so it must be good for you.
 
2013-05-29 09:23:30 AM
Lee Enterprises owns the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and a bunch of other newspapers, mostly suburban shoppers. It doesn't own any book-publishing companies. The titles mentioned in the article were all published by different, small publishing companies, at least one of which is a non-profit.

Subby is a retarded troll.
 
2013-05-29 09:28:02 AM

Priapetic: It's all fun and games until someone makes a nice nightshade (Atropa belladonna) salad.

/pro-tip - some plants hate you and want you to die.


Mushrooms are a better example. Nightshade leaves are covered with little thorns; nobody's going to accidentally nibble them.
 
2013-05-29 09:28:03 AM

GORDON: It's a dumb movement but hey, I like anything that teaches people how to live off the land.


Then why is it dumb?
 
2013-05-29 09:43:09 AM

GORDON: It's a dumb movement but hey, I like anything that teaches people how to live off the land.  Will lessen the shock of some interruption of the economy, or zombiepocalypse, or whatever.

I learned how to make beer, personally.  My skills will be highly prized after armageddon.


And prison!

Yay
 
2013-05-29 09:52:07 AM

GORDON: It's a dumb movement but hey, I like anything that teaches people how to live off the land.  Will lessen the shock of some interruption of the economy, or zombiepocalypse, or whatever.

I learned how to make beer, personally.  My skills will be highly prized after armageddon.


We have a large ( and growing larger every year ) patch of invasive weeds in the backyard.  Some people call them Raspberries.

Dad sneaks over every now and then and steals all the berries to make wine.  HIS skills will be a commodity after the apocalypse.  Mine notsomuch.
 
2013-05-29 09:54:09 AM
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2013-05-29 10:01:26 AM
wildfoodgirl.com
 
2013-05-29 10:19:30 AM

vudukungfu: You could just purchase the classic Foxfire books.


Man, those things are great. Although sometimes you have to take "old codger in Georgia" with a grain of salt on some things - like using sulfur in canning, or not mentioning that pennyroyal is an abortifacent and toxic to both humans and animals.
 
2013-05-29 10:34:29 AM
Subby, it IS a thing. Just because the herd mentality has taken to dumping massive amounts of chemicals, water and time into a crop that they can't even eat, doesn't mean that some of us can't think outside the box and come to the conclusion that many of our modern practices are absurd...worst, we've been easily manipulated by industry to think that lawn maintenance is a reflection of who we are as a person.

What is wrong with learning the skills that we've cast aside? Don't take my word for it...go to youtube and see how many instructional foraging videos there are.
 
2013-05-29 10:50:32 AM
Eat these and live until almost 65, like Euell Gibbons
 
2013-05-29 10:51:42 AM

mbillips: Priapetic: It's all fun and games until someone makes a nice nightshade (Atropa belladonna) salad.

/pro-tip - some plants hate you and want you to die.

Mushrooms are a better example. Nightshade leaves are covered with little thorns; nobody's going to accidentally nibble them.


Yeah, most fatally poisonous plants don't really look all that edible to begin with. Destroying Angel or even Death Caps a person is far more likely to accidentally eat when they're trying desperately to forage for food.
 
2013-05-29 10:52:20 AM
If you put a container over dandelions for a while the leaves turn white and they loose all their bitterness -- they become much closer to lettuce or endive. They turn white and tasty...

I wouldnt forage any 'back yard' in an urban setting though -- god only knows what people were spraying on their grass for the last few years.

I'm off to go pick some Labrador Tea and spruce buds to make into a soothing tea for a cold rainy day...
 
2013-05-29 11:22:41 AM
I recall Mr. Gibbens. He was quite popular for a time, decades ago and famous. He wrote several books on wild foraging that went over well and I recall a TV show where he took some kids on a beach picnic and just by walking around the shore and rocks, supplied the entire group with food.

I've enjoyed Swamp Cabbage, Fox Grapes, wild Raspberries, Sweetgrass stems and Palmetto hearts since I was a kid. I've known about edible seaweed for years. My older brother, ages ago, once gathered up buckets of Fox Grapes and made a pretty good wine out of them.

It surprised me to learn that certain parts of vegetables you buy in the grocery store can be poisonous. Which is why the entire plant isn't sold. I knew you could eat acorns, but had to treat them first to get rid of the tannic acid.

I once sold a house belonging to my late grandparents and they had planted a lot of edible shrubs. They had a Chinese Cherry bush, a Guava plant, Mulberry Tree, a semi-wild Orange Tree, wild grape vine adorned their back yard fence and there were several other plants. This was during the housing boom and I marked each bush for the buyer.

Some had been growing there for decades.

The new owners plowed them all down.

Unfortunately, my city has become so heavily developed that the previously available wild acreage is nearly all gone. What chapped my butt was when the State made harvesting Cabbage Palms illegal (Swamp Cabbage.) because so many folks liked it. However, if you sold land loaded with them, the new owners usually promptly plowed them under for parking lots and pools.

Residents couldn't harvest them anymore -- but developers could just wipe them out, wasting the tasty, sought after heart of the plant.
 
2013-05-29 11:34:20 AM
'Did you know most parts of a pine tree are edible?' I only remember Euell Gibbens from the Grape Nuts commercials. But I have eaten dandelion greens, lambs quarters and wild poke.
 
2013-05-29 11:58:14 AM
Step 4: Get sued because someone picked something poisonous and got sick.
 
2013-05-29 12:14:31 PM

meat0918: Step 4: Get sued because someone picked something poisonous and got sick.


Dont pick it unless you can 100% identify it. Would you drink from an unlabeled bottle of mystery fluid you found in the laundry room? No. Knowing whats edible is different from being able to sort it out from shiat you cant eat. Any book on foraging is going to have a disclaimer right at the start.



Don't you put it in your mouth
don't you put it in your mouth
don't stuff it in your face
don't stuff it in your face
though it might look good to eat
though it might look good to eat
and it might look good to taste
and it might look good to taste
you could get sick
ick
real quick
ick
real sick
real ick
Don't you put it in you mouth
nu uh
till you ask someone you love
thats right sis
if its okay to eat
if its okay to eat
like a muffin or a beet
like a muffin or a beet
if you dont know just what it is
remember boys and girls
Don't puuuut it innnn your mouth
 
2013-05-29 12:23:40 PM

Priapetic: It's all fun and games until someone makes a nice nightshade (Atropa belladonna) salad.

/pro-tip - some plants hate you and want you to die.


There are probably more plants in my garden that are poisonous than ones that aren't. Just got to exercise a little bit of knowledge and judgement, which admittedly may be beyond most folks.
 
2013-05-29 12:24:36 PM

taxandspend: [wildfoodgirl.com image 557x640]


Came for The League reference. Leaving satisfied.
 
2013-05-29 12:31:29 PM

phyrkrakr: using sulfur in canning


Mass marketed food does the same thing.
Only worse.
Pinch of sulphur in a quart of beets, you never notice.
 
2013-05-29 12:46:14 PM
mikefinch:
meat0918: Step 4: Get sued because someone picked something poisonous and got sick.

Dont pick it unless you can 100% identify it. Would you drink from an unlabeled bottle of mystery fluid you found in the laundry room? No. Knowing whats edible is different from being able to sort it out from shiat you cant eat. Any book on foraging is going to have a disclaimer right at the start.


I will spend my Saturday nights my way, you can continue your grazing.
 
2013-05-29 12:58:40 PM

vudukungfu: phyrkrakr: using sulfur in canning

Mass marketed food does the same thing.
Only worse.
Pinch of sulphur in a quart of beets, you never notice.


Well, yeah, that was just the first thing I could think of reading in a Foxfire book where I was like "hey, wait a minute." They're great books, but they're also oral histories, and just because Billy Bob up in the holler has been doing it for the last 50 years doesn't mean that he's telling you all the steps, or that it's written down correctly, or that it should be treated as a how-to guide. Y'know, just take a little caution some times.
 
2013-05-29 01:29:40 PM
Knowing what plants you could eat was probably the single most contributing factor that saved the US from going down the drain during the Great Depression. Especially in the South, where entire counties were foreclosed to the banks and the people survived on foraging and any supplementation they could get hunting/fishing.

Imagine what it would be like today if the drive-thrus and Walmart were gone...

/Both wife and my parents grew up on small family farms during the Depression and enjoyed 'Gibbons-esque' diet supplements; they still do. Typical family story: just before the war, a cousin (iirc he was 10) asked for a can of peaches for his Cristmas present.
 
2013-05-29 01:35:03 PM
Do weeds even buy books?
 
2013-05-29 02:56:45 PM

mikefinch: meat0918: Step 4: Get sued because someone picked something poisonous and got sick.

Dont pick it unless you can 100% identify it. Would you drink from an unlabeled bottle of mystery fluid you found in the laundry room? No. Knowing whats edible is different from being able to sort it out from shiat you cant eat. Any book on foraging is going to have a disclaimer right at the start.

Don't you put it in your mouth
don't you put it in your mouth
don't stuff it in your face
don't stuff it in your face
though it might look good to eat
though it might look good to eat
and it might look good to taste
and it might look good to taste
you could get sick
ick
real quick
ick
real sick
real ick
Don't you put it in you mouth
nu uh
till you ask someone you love
thats right sis
if its okay to eat
if its okay to eat
like a muffin or a beet
like a muffin or a beet
if you dont know just what it is
remember boys and girls
Don't puuuut it innnn your mouth


Oh, I know.

But Darwin is ever vigilant.

//I'm growing several "weeds" on purpose in my yard.
 
2013-05-29 04:20:26 PM

phyrkrakr: Y'know, just take a little caution some times.


I was raised in the holler, educated at a university.
I bought the books when they were new.
I've tested many of the things in there since.

Built my own instruments.
 
2013-05-29 07:02:24 PM

mbillips: Lee Enterprises owns the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and a bunch of other newspapers, mostly suburban shoppers. It doesn't own any book-publishing companies. The titles mentioned in the article were all published by different, small publishing companies, at least one of which is a non-profit.

Subby is a retarded troll.


And here we were gearing up for our average Fark discussion, and you have to go bring facts in...

Quickly, how can we get PETA into the discussion?
 
2013-05-30 12:04:42 AM
I read the article and have all the pictured items in my backyard. I had no idea I was growing a salad.
 
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