Pennsif’s Progress #573 – I go out to dine every day, and it doesn’t cost me a penny


One thing I like to do it each day is go out to dine.

But I don’t go far – usually just down our lane and into our fields.

I gorge myself on berries and leaves and buds and seeds.

Ever since I got a copy of the original edition of Richard Mabey’s excellent ‘Food for Free’ (now reprinted) I have been hooked on foraging.

I just love being able to graze on little bits of nature as I walk around our property.

Of course you have to be a bit careful of what you eat and where, but there are many excellent foraging books available as well as lots of great videos and articles online. And if you do have the opportunity to attend a local foraging course go for it.

My hit parade of favourite foragings varies with the seasons but three of my favourites at the moment are…

Blackberries (Rubus fruticosus)

As mentioned in yesterday’s blog me and the dog just love gobbling up the blackberries as we are out on our walks.

And we have lots of blackberries – wild and organic – all over our 17 acress, so we will never run out.

Nettles (Urtica dioica)

We have loads and loads and loads of nettles.

I started drinking nettle tea about three years ago. Then we started adding nettles to soaps. And then I got the idea from a @papa-pepper video of eating them raw as a green leaf. Tasty … and you will soon get the hang of picking them without getting stung.

Pennywort (Umbilicus rupestris)

This one I picked up on from a foraging course about 4 years ago.

This grows in good abundance along our rather shaded quarter mile long lane.

Pennywort is lovely and juicy and succulent. It tastes a bit like fresh peas.

It is definitely one of my favourites at the moment.

Foraging is a key skill…

For any prepper or would-be prepper.

Oddly they rarely seem to feature it in most post-apocalyptic / SHTF type movies. The main characters often seem to get close to starvation rather than grab any of the abundant free food all around them.

Learn to forage and you will never starve.

Homesteaders & Preppers on steem – time to revive the list

You might remember the list of Homesteaders and Preppers on steemit that I use to compile.

I updated it for about 6 months until the beginning of the year.

It had reached version 12 by then and had over 300 homesteaders and preppers.

I did make a start on version 13 but I didn’t follow through for a number of reasons.

One of the issues that I was commonly getting comments on was that so many people in the list were no longer active. That is certainly true – when I did some checking through about 3 months ago I found around half of the people on the list appeared to be inactive. That was a very sad reflection on the poor retention rates on steem.

Another issue with the list was that as it had grown bigger it was becoming technically difficult to manage with the very rudimentary tools that the steem interface offers. Now I am trying some new steem technology in the form of SteemPress to make the management of the list easier.

Now seems like a very good time to revive the list. To help me find guests for The Alternative Radio Show that I host on MSP Waves Radio an up to date list will be invaluable.

It might also be useful for other new initiatives designed to help the homesteading and self-reliance communities like the new Global Homestead Collective @ghscollective just set up by @freedompoint, @freedomtowrite and @steemcafe.

Are you on the list?

If you have joined steemit since January you probably won’t be on the list.

If you joined before January you should be but might not.

If you are not sure check out the previous list :

If you are not on the list and would like to be post a comment below with your account name, when you joined and where you are (ideally country/state). Or if you prefer message me on Discord (Pennsif#9921).

I will wait a week or so and then put out a new updated version of the list.

My feeling is to leave off all inactive members. Maybe anyone who hasn’t posted / commented / voted in the past month?  I would appreciate your thoughts on this point.

That’s it for now. I hope Steempress works. And I hope the new list will be a useful too for networking for homesteaders and preppers again.

You might also be interested in some of my other posts :


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