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Foraging in the City

By avelyne | In Health & Lifestyle, Rest Day | on October 28, 2012


Have you ever wondered how you would find rations for a Zombie Apocalypse?  Or if you could survive out in the wild living on the land?  What if you were stranded on an island, would you know which types of plants are edible and which might cause you harm?  How did Grok do it all those years ago?  If I’ve piqued your interest at all, I invite you to go on a hike with Pascal Baudar.  Pascal Baudar teaches Urban Outdoor Skills in the Los Angeles area.  And just what are Urban Outdoor Skills, you say?  From their website at urbanoutdoorskills.com:

Urban Outdoor Skills are about teaching city dwellers – just like you and me –  to use resources in their immediate environment and become more self-reliant.

You actually don’t need extreme scenarios to benefit from knowing urban outdoor skills. A simple desire to cut down on the utility bills by using alternate energy sources or lowering food expenses by supplementing your diet with wild and home/apartment grown food can be incentives enough.

If you are a foodie or into cooking, wild foraged foods are not only a delicacy, but also a source of nutrition. Being connected to your food source from harvesting to cooking is rewarding and satisfying.

Some of the Urban Outdoor Skills are not just for self reliance and preparedness. Other goals include enabling the city dweller to be in harmony with the world around them and reach a inner balance between the urban and natural environment. The natural resources existing around us are a fascinating source of icrafts that one can learn as a hobby or to complement one’s income.

 Above all, the classes we teach are meant to be educational, fun and enjoyable.

 Examples of Urban Outdoor Skills include:

 – Ability to use alternate sources of energy should the need arise (i.e. solar cooking) or simply to save money.

 – Knowing and foraging local native plants.

– Primitive, traditional and modern methods to preserve your own food (with or without the power grid) such as fermentation, pickling, salting, canning, drying, etc.

– How to create gourmet food with edible plants you can find in your local environment.

– Skills to survive in the city if you had to leave your house/apartment for a undetermined length of time. (Sourcing food, water purification, etc…)

– Making your own wine/beer using simple ingredients and wild plants.

– How to make your own organic soap with wild aromatic plants.

– Medicinal plants

and much more….

To find out more and to see a list of classes, click here.


REST DAY 10.28.2012



One Comment to "Foraging in the City"

  • Date Night says:

    October 29, 2012 at 8:10 PM -

    Did you take this class, Avelyne? This is Keron.

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