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Happy 2012!  Here’s to an abundant, natural year!

The tiny mustards, wintercress, dandelions and curly dock line the sidewalks here in a mall area, heralding a spring that is NOT HERE. This is promising to be a foragers paradise! What an abundance for this year’s food source!!!

Good eating from the Wild Food Company, and its staff!!

With love to you all,

It’s here! I have waited a long time for this new IDENTIFICATION Guide of the plants in the The Essential Wild Food Guide.

Many new pictures that are so clear and crisp, color is fantastic and the plants are jumping off the page!

Use this Identification book along with The Essential Wild Food Guide and if you wish, along with the card deck in the field. Easy to find the plant, easy to see more details and color is just exquisite!

I am thrilled to add this to our wild food products thus adding even more safety to identification of your backyard plants. A wonderful tool to use with the DVD also, you teachers and parents. I wish I had such a tool during my many classes for the last 30 years!

Happy foraging,

Linda Runyon


The smell from pine goes so deep in my memory it seems to have been with me forever. The sounds of the wind in the needles is one my ears strain to hear in each and every gust of wind. It seems I was born under a tree when I was taken to the Adirondacks when I was so very, very little. Three months of age and parked on a blanket or carriage under the trees’ arms, trees have always been ALIVE to me!

The story had been written many times when the Adirondack night blew winds causing temperatures to dive to 30 or 40 degrees BELOW zero, and all the canning jars burst and I was completly out of my normal food supply for the winter. I started my usual prayer with deep desperation– I asked God,” OK now that the food is gone, what do I do next?”  Through my fear, I always received an answer in words typed across the forefront of my brain sorta above my eyes. There was no sound to the answer, just emphatic letters:. WHAT DID THE IROQUOIS DO FOR CENTURIES IN FROZEN WINTER?  I was off and ploughing through deep snow in the woods for a pine branch. That was my first scraping of bark and taste of chewy-when-hot, stir-fried with garlic salt…Shredded bark!!

Parts of trees, such as the frozen buds caught in winter’s grip, were eaten in more than one way that winter, and I added other types of trees along the way. Frozen sap from balsam and pine became the CANDY for our delicacy in the winter.
In spring, the answers came faster than I could cook them. We ate raw throughout our working day.  Thus, the tiny leaves and buds of MAPLE, BEECH, BIRCH and the fruits of the trees & how to use them — NOW, the world was complete for me.
I WAS at peace with my whole enviornment. Below GROUND, ON GROUND and NOW WAY ABOVE GROUND, the supply was ENDLESS, and still is for all of us. I knew then how my predecessors made it through the winter.

I hope you ENJOY Eat the Trees!   I know I enjoyed living the homestead memories of tree food!

Eat the Trees! cover

Interesting Video!

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Even though it is after Thanksgiving, I picked a bagful of malva leaves for 6
meals, or, to dry.

Today I received an ad for a complete off-the-grid living: “30 acres, a 12′ x 26′ cabin and wind powered electric. It comes with a 12′ x 40′ prepared garden plot, fresh water with natural water filtration. Appliances included. 6 miles from shopping & medical, and it’s directly across from the Hiawatha National Forest, Michigan. Only $69,900 complete!”

Contact Dr. Chad Wasson, 630-862-6017

Sounds good.  Anyone interested? Call the number!


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