Chickweed Salad for Lunch.

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So today for lunch we had rice, melted cheese, tortilla chips, and salsa. For a salad, I walked out to my semi-wild garden in the light rain and picked a tub full for common chickweed (Stellaria media). We ate it plain, with no dressing. Chickweed is at it’s best right now, here in Lancaster county. The plants are growing fast, and easy to harvest in quantity. I also made a pot of tea with some chickweed, as well as a bunch of other plants from the semi-wild garden.

I have been uploading my dvd (Gathering Edible Wild Plants) to Youtube for free. If you are interested in foraging your own salad, consider checking those videos out, including this one on common chickweed.

Thanks for reading (and watching),

Nate

Social Distancing,Updates, and Free Videos!

Hey everyone. Hope you are well.

With the virus going around, and many people having extra time at home, it seemed like a good time for an update, and news about some free content to watch.

We have been spending more time at home in the cabin we rent, and are very grateful for our situation. We have acres of woods to forage and play in, a driveway for skateboarding, a pantry and deep freeze full of food, and of course streaming services.

I have been writing a book. It is called Earth Living: Becoming Useful to the Land, Culture, and Self. It has been coming along nicely, although slower since the kids have been out of school. If you are interested in learning more, you can check it out here.

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With so many people self isolating, I figured it would be good for me to start posting more on my Youtube channel. I asked for ideas on social media, and my friend Tim from Earthbound Artisan Sugjested one on basket making. I made this video on building a simple basket.

My foraging DVD has been out of print for a good while, so I figured it would make sense to start putting it out section by section on Youtube for free. I am starting with the intro section (see below) and then will put out each plant profile one at a time. My goal is to release one every day, but no guarantees.

Hope you enjoyed, and remember to subscribe to my blog as well as my Youtube channel to know when more videos drop!

Thanks,

Nate

Birthday + Some Mediocre Songs!!!

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Hey, it’s my birthday today!!! To celebrate I am releasing an album of songs I have recorded as well a announcing my new label. It isn’t for everyone, but if you like weird ambient drones, samples of a religious and or political nature, as well as bird songs, feel free to check it out.

Some Mediocre Songs is available on my Bandcamp page.

Also see more about my new label Sabbath Harvest Songs.

Thanks,

Nate

Drawing, Skateboarding, and More.

So recently I have been expanding what I cover on my Youtube channel. I have been mostly known for my foraging and rewilding, but I have many sides to me. Here are some of my recent videos. Hope you enjoy!

 

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This is a color print on 8.5 x 5.5 cardstock paper, set up for a 5 x 7 frame.

If you are interested in one of these prints, message me for details.

 

 

 

Thanks for reading (and watching),

Nate

Paint Brushes Update.

So I had some requests to see how the paint brushes I made here worked, so I made this video.

 

Anyway, as of right now 3 of the 5 dvds with free brushes included have sold. Here is a pic of the finished painting I did. Let me know if you are interested in it.

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It isn’t my normal style, but it is a fun little painting. I hope to do more soon.

Thanks for reading,

Nate

Hand Made Brushes.

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Recently I have been having fun making paintbrushes with natural materials. They are inspired by Nick Neddo’s book The Organic Artist. The handles are made from privet (Ligustrum spp.) branches, and the bristles and cordage are made from yucca (Yucca spp.) leaf fibers.

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I am considering selling brushes like this eventually, but in the meanwhile, the next 5 people who buy a copy of my dvd will get one for free. You can order bellow, or by following the Shop link.

 

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The minimal packaging is a DVD-R with a hand written disc face,
in a folded cover, in a poly sleeve.
It has no barcode or clear wrap.

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Here are a few sample plant profiles from the film.

 

Thanks for reading,

Nate