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The Environment 

The Environment around us affects more than people think.

We went from this:


To this:


Yea, there’s a pool, but when it’s 110 degrees outside it’s not as fun as it may sound. Despite being watered religiously, the lawn, and nearly everything around it, is dead. Also the back ‘yard’ is 4/5ths concrete.

Just being here where I live now, over the course of the past two years has caused my (and particularly my wife’s) health, both physical and mental to decline.

For her, having a very delicate respiratory system, the atmosphere is a death trap. She is constantly having coughing fits that vanished entirely when we lived in Pennsylvania. We now live in the 5th most polluted city in the United States. She grew up here and wanted to come back here to make a new financial start for our family, as we were on hard times back east.

I agreed even though I knew the environment would affect her, but neither of us knew to what degree.

We aren’t sleeping well, and her childhood insomnia is back. Despite our best efforts to eat ‘organic’ and semi Paleo based on our very tiny food budget, we miss our normal, foraged, non polluted wild food.

Which, by the way, was free for the picking.

This town is majorly into petroleum and big agrobiz. I have not found a single thing here to forage that I would risk feeding my children other than fruit.

Most of that is citrus, with lemons that no one eats accounting for the majority of residential fruit trees.

You can only eat so many lemons. And I do, when in season.

I found ONE foragable in the yard, this entire year. A cute little sprout that looked to be a Sonchus asper, or Prickly Sowthistle. That is until the ‘gardeners’ obliterated it as a ‘weed’.

I sit here stomach growling, loathe to go make my store bought breakfast, but knowing that sooner or later I must do so as there is no other alternative at the moment.

At least it’ll be eggs.

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Welcome to the Brand New Wild Cookery and Foraging Forums!

My dearest foraging friends,

First off, let me apologize for the inconvenience of having to move the forum. There was, however, no way around it. The old forum’s servers crashed a total of eight times, just today in my efforts to copy over the data. Such a flaky forum host is not acceptable to me. You deserve better than that. I think that now, we have a stable forum hosting service. I’ve used this provider before in the past, and whilst not totally ideal in some respects, it should indeed be much more stable and productive.

This is a completely new, made from scratch forum. It only looks like the old one. I mirrored it as much as I could, with the exception being that I cleaned up and re-organized some of the forum boards a bit, to be, I hope, a bit more comprehensive.

However, it is not a totally clean slate. The meat and bones of the last forum were saved and form the backbone of this new forum.

I copied over all the text from all the posts that I could, and I got everything that I saw. There were a few things that I’d posted that I have intentionally not transferred over, but most of the important stuff is still there.

If I have missed anything, please let me know and I will do my best to rectify it.

Of course, the text will just be posted in the threads, not under the original poster, but I copied it with quotes when applicable so you can see who originally wrote the post.
Everyone will have to unfortunately re-register, but that should be a relatively quick and painless process.

Be aware that being a free forum it will try to offer you junk in the sign up. You can just click on the slightly greyed out ‘no thanks’ when it comes up. The number of offers that you will have to click through varies, but typically 3 – 5.

Thank you again for your time and participation, and I hope to see you all at the new forum soon.
All the best, my friends.

The new forum is located here: http://wildcookery.freeforums.org

~Janos

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