It is most certainly one of the most often asked questions that we get in any class we teach. ”How to do I get started studying edible plants?”. Well here is your answer. In this post I tell you some of the basics of getting started as well as give you a review of three fantastic resources on the topic at hand. These are not dry, boring reviews. But some matter-of-fact details from someone who has taken these resources to the field more times than I can count.
I am always studying this subject on my own and with as many teachers that I can get access too. One time I was attending a gathering of students under a well-recognized TV personality. I was eager to take an edibles plant class from this person as again, I assumed it would be a good one. What I was saddened to see was that some one else had put some sticks out identifying various species and this personality then utilized them to tell us what they were.
I tell you this because many of us WANT to be able to identify plants for nutrition and well-being, but very few want to put the time in to actually do it. We hope this blog piece is the encouragement you need to start your own study of the resources we have around us each day!
This is a fun video that shows you how you can grow several common fruits and vegetables using table scraps. Seems like it would be a lot be a lot of fun as an experiment for kids even if you don’t plan to grow a garden. I have seen my mom use several of these techniques but a few of them I haven’t seen before. Enjoy…
People come to us from all over the Eastern United States to train in the classes we teach at Nature Reliance School. Our survival classes are by far the most popular. It seems that most of us want to understand shelter building, fire building, etc. in a wilderness survival situation. That is all well and good and there is no doubt that those are useful skills. However, they are reactionary skills. Thinks about that for just a moment. They are skills that we must have to react to a situation that we find ourself in.
One of the things that we try to instill in our students is the need to develop PROACTIVE skills as much as the reactionary sills. Proactive skills are those that keep you out of the mess in the first place. Simply being lost is one of those thing that can be avoided. We put a lot of time into teaching folks in a dedicated class the lost science and art of land navigation. This is nothing more than using a map and compass properly. We also teach a small block of this class in our survival classes because it is simply too important a skill, not to have.
Here are four main reasons you must get this skill set.
- Being dependent upon anything that requires batteries (GPS for example) is a recipe for disaster. Cold weather, water, uninformed operator, dead batteries are all reasons that a GPS can easily fail you.
- Map and compass skills are the key to help you not get lost in the first place. However if you do find yourself lost then these skills will help you find your way out.
- It is not hard at all to do. If you have never done them, or do not regularly utilize your skills, it would be in your best interest to take a class with someone. Obviously we teach this class at NRS, but you may find yourself too far from us to come. Find an instructor where you are located. Get these skills.
- You will be able to see more. I know what leave no trace principles are all about, and I also understand certain land management regulations say about not leaving the trail…but daggone it, sometimes I just gotta go off the trail. I am sure some of you are the same way. By having good land nav skills you can navigate your way in, and out.
Tracy Trimble, Instructor with Nature Reliance School, and I have put a few resources together that will help you see some of the gear you can get as well as some of the usefulness of these skills.
In this blog piece Tracy, details what he carries in his Land Navigation kit. If you are wondering read about Tracy’s background on our website. Tracy has used and honed these skills both in the military and many years of personal use.
In this video watch me take Tracy out blindfolded and get him “lost”. He then goes goes through the steps on camera on how to find his way out.
In this video you will see a somewhat humorous overview of Tracy and I playing with Land Nav Skills, ask yourself, “Does Tracy look like anyone you know?”
So I hope something in this post inspires you to get some skills so you can be proactive in not getting lost.
Come on, join in, let’s learn together!
I know there are many of you that love to watch the Discovery Channel’s hit show Dual Survival, so I thought I would post this announcement by Cody Lundin. Yesterday Cody posted this message on his facebook fan page.
Dual Survival Update
Unfortunately, I have been fired by Discovery Channel for differences over safety and health concerns on the show and will no longer be a part of Dual Survival.
Although I’ll miss elements of the show, what I’ll miss the most are my fans and the opportunity to teach – on a global level – life saving skills, indigenous culture, and values of integrity and respect toward our natural world.
I have received numerous letters from viewers. Many are from kids, or their parents or grandparents, describing in detail how the show has changed their lives. It has brought families together, inspired kids to go outdoors, and motivated moms and dads around the world to take that family camping trip, many for the first time. If I can use a TV show to encourage people to turn off TV and turn on nature, I have done my job.
Thank you all very much for your support over the years. Be safe and prepared, and maybe I’ll train with you in the woods some day!
I just posted a blog piece over on my Nature Reliance School blog. We spend a lot of time talking about firestarting because it is so vital to our needs in a survival do-or-die situation. With a little knowledge and know how you too can become a fire making dragon. Just joking. However, spending ample amount of time practicing and honing your firebuilding skills is vital to your survival in cold climates.
In this blog piece we take a look at four ways to simply get a fire started. Make sure you check out the Dan’s Depot Youtube Channel for info on most all these methods.
I wrote a guest blog piece some time ago that got picked up by several different survival and prepping websites over a year ago. I was reminded of it again this morning when I read the news of the mess that is currently going on in Atlanta right now. It is downright sad that kids are spending the night in school buses and average folks are spending the night in grocery stores.
It obviously brings up two points of consideration which are:
1. Most cities in the South are totally unprepared for such weather due to its infrequency. The question that begs to be asked is, “What would happen in those locations if something more disastrous occurred?
2. Why do people continue to ignore weather patterns as if life is not all about survival. Help take care of yourself and those you care about by following these simple considerations for a car kit.
Also join us over at the Dan’s Depot Facebook page and our Nature Reliance School Facebook page where in the last few days there have been conversations, questions and answers going on surrounding the idea of being prepared for winter weather.
It’s winter, so worrying about the possibility of a wildfire may not very high on everyone’s list of priorities. However, given the recent wildfires in Southern California, we must take note that in reality, wildfires can happen at pretty much anytime throughout the year. Wildfires can have devastating results, and the ripple effects go way beyond the obvious. However, there’s many things you can do to protect you and your family from such an event through preparedness. We found a great article that does exactly that, and there are MANY important tips in it to follow.
Electricity is one of those things that many people tend to take for granted, and with the use of chargeable electronics, it may not be a big deal to some when the power goes down for an hour or two. What about when you’re left without power for days or even weeks on end though? How can you prepare for that possibility and be able to put your plan into action when that time comes? This article contains six great ideas that will help you to be ready when the grid goes down, as well as some first-hand experience with long-term power outages.
Read it here: Six Ways to Get Ready for Going Off-Grid
Fire starters and tinder don’t need to be complicated or expensive, and quite often if you aren’t prepared you’ll have to use what’s available to you. We found a great article that will take you through the steps to make tinder out of cotton balls and petroleum jelly. A truly inexpensive alternative to expensive tinder, and it works just as well as anything.
Get it here: Cotton Ball and Petroleum Jelly Fire Starters
Raising a teenager is tough, but when you add all the teachings of preparedness and the struggle to get them interested, it’s even tougher. Luckily, there’s several aspects of survival and preparedness that can be interested in teens, especially if you present it the right way. Here is a great article that will teach you to just that. Hopefully once you open the door of preparedness through these tips, the rest will come easily.
Get it here: How to Get Your Teen to Appreciate Prepping