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Happy New Year! Want A Resolution? Grow Something!

This year, figure out how to supply yourself with all or most of one food or plant product – for a season or for the year. What can you grow within the confines of your current home/living space? What is your favorite vegetable, herbs, or fruit? What do you love to eat? What do you want to have on hand? What can you find or forage from the neighborhood close by?

I love herbs for cooking, both fresh and dried. Parsley, chives, thyme, rosemary, mint and so many more can easily be grown on a sunny window sill, counter, table top or in a floor pot. For some places vertical growing is an easy answer on a sunny wall – inside or out. When you grow herbs, you can easily dry them, save them, and give the excess as gifts to others. Start small. Look at your herbs and see which one is used the most. Plan on having a supply of parsley (for instance) that you grow for yourself – in time to replace the dried herb in the cabinet when it runs out.

If you have a wall outside or planters, think about what you can grow that you enjoy eating. Peas can climb a wall, as can green beans, squash, cucumbers, and melons. You will need some support – I’ve used a cotton 4″ square netting to grow even heavy winter squash successfully. You can even let them mature in the gutter or on the roof if you can harvest them there safely.

Green beans are wonderful fresh, frozen, fermented and pickled. They are even good dried! Figure out how many servings of green beans you want for the year and then find out how many plantings you need in the space you have. You can make a Teepee on the deck with tall bamboo poles stuck in pots with 3 beans in each pot.

Most cities have fruit trees, grapevines, and berries that have been planted by others and are still bearing. Find ones near you (an apple tree, berry bush, or grape vines for instance) and keep an eye on them. When they are full of fruit, ask if you can harvest it and offer some to the home owner if they want some. I frequently find the home owner is glad to be ‘rid’ of them because they are making a mess!

So for now start small with a favorite herb, some veggies in a pot, or a dwarf fruit tree and learn how to take care of them. Enjoy the fruits of your effort, and then see if you want to do more. Please ask a salesperson if what you are buying is free of systemic pesticides. No one needs to eat anymore poisons!

I’d love to hear from you and learn what you have decided to grow and where you are growing it. Maybe you can team up with neighbors and each person grow a different food then share. Taking charge of any part of your food supply is an important step so get growing! Happy New Year!

 

Spring Walk & Talk April 12th

It’s Spring time, time  for the Urban Forager to kick into high gear and start those fascinating discussions about the wild edibles in your yard and in your neighborhoods. The wild Spring greens are very valuable for tuning up your body gently and easily, as well as being loaded with vitamin and mineral goodness. Every season brings its own delightful wild plants, free for the picking, and each walk is focused on different ones you can use for your benefit. Come join me by signing up for the First Wild Edible Spring Walk of 2014.

If you are busy this Saturday and can’t come to Sustainability Park, think about getting some of your neighbors together for a talk & walk in your own neighborhood! Contact me and we can do it on your schedule. Everyone benefits from knowing what’s edible and free! Sign up by going to the live link under First Wild Edible Walk of the Spring!

Happy Foraging!

Last Wild Edible Walk of the Season!!!

As the summer winds down, albeit slowly, the weeds are also on their way to Autumn shapes and colors. This is a fine time to see what to do to harvest wild amaranth seeds, and which plants to flag for picking even under snow! All the regular characters are still present and available and so one more weed walk is called for!! Come learn about eating, saving, harvesting, and using these wonderful plants for home remedies. Sign up at: http://tentiko.com/products/finding-food-in-the-city We are meeting on Saturday, September 14th from 9 – 11 am, so make sure you sign up and show up! It’s going to be another Wild Walk!

The Wild Foraging Season Has Begun!

Get ready to start picking and eating from your yard and garden! The young Spring plants are starting to show themselves and the next Wild Edible Walk of the season is May 11th, this Saturday! Join me at 9 am on the corner of 44th Avenue & Vallejo Street in the Sunnyside neighborhood to see what we can find out there to eat!  To sign up and read more about this event go to: http://www.feeddenver.com/classes–events.html

 

 

Foraging and Our Pioneers

Have you ever been to Four Mile Park? Maybe it’s time to give this historical Park in the city a closer look. I will be doing just that on Saturday May 4th. I have been invited to give a foraging talk at their Victorian Tea on that day, and I am really looking forward to it! I will learn as much as the people who attend this event, I’m sure.

 

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Victorian Tea

 

Saturday, May 04 | 1:00 pm–3:00pm

 

As a working farm and ranch, Four Mile Historic Park was once supplied with edibles primarily from the land around the buildings, either in organized gardens or by gathering wild edibles that grew in the area. Join us at our Victorian Tea where Kate Armstrong, Urban Forager, will share the usefulness of the plants we normally ignore now; how some of them were brought to America from Europe because of their use as food and medicine; and how most rural and urban people knew how to supply themselves with simple meals, home remedies, and household products from these plants.

About the Presenter: Kate Armstrong has an educational and entertaining style that will add to your knowledge of these earlier times, give you food for thought, and may even interest you in harvesting some of the plants you now consider weeds! She brings a lifetime of experience to the subject as well as a wealth of helpful information. There will also be examples of the products she makes and uses from her backyard, the alley ways, and the neighborhoods in Denver. You will be able to identify (and taste) plants that are already up and growing since she will be bringing examples of these with her. http://urbanforager.co/about-kate-armstrong/

$30 Non-Members | $25 FMHP Members

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE HERE

Advance payment is required by Thursday, May 2 at 4:00pm. Limited seating available.

For more information, please call 720-865-0815 or email info@fourmilepark.org

First Wild Edible Walk of Spring!

There is a new link on this site for the First Wild Edible Walk of the season. Space is limited, so get your name on the list now! This is going to be surprising and fun! On April 13th we will be finding out what is emerging for a really tiny, yummy, nutrient rich salad. Don’t miss this one…or if you do, book me for your yard and neighborhood. Let’s see what we can find.

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