I think this summer has finally broken and that is good. It has been a great year for wild edibles though. With all the rain this year, the edible mushrooms have been so plentiful as well as Pawpaws. There are still a few Pawpaws left to find, save and replant the seeds if you do find some. I am no mushroom expert for sure but the Black Trumpets and Chicken of the Woods have been plentiful and they are easy to ID and they have no poisonous look alike. Another one that should be showing up now is Lion's Mane; it grows on Maple/Oak trees where there is a damaged or rotted place. They are large,white mushrooms that really do look like a lion's mane. From what I have read they are a great brain food. Acorns and all the nuts are starting to fall, so there is still plenty to harvest. My grandkids and I made some pretty good acorn flour cookies several years back. Living Earth school in Afton has a good edible workshop going on this fall.
Not trying to be an ambulance chaser on this reminder but go back to my Nov. 2017 blog on 'car' bags. After seeing what Florence has done I feel even stronger that we all need some type of bag in our vehicles. It doesn't have to be elaborate or expensive, it just needs to be available if needed. I asked a great friend one time ( thanks Bob ) what is the best knife, he said it's the one you have with you.
The last Primitive Survival 101 is scheduled for Nov. 03, 2018, rain or shine at the Scheier Natural area in Fluvanna county. We will cover EDC/BOB bags briefly as well as all the primitive skills. Please pass out the word if you know of anyone who is interested. www.stevepullinger.com/primitive-survival-skills-101.html
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