Earth Connection is a school of primitive skills and wilderness survival located in Northern Virginia and North Carolina (Raleigh/Durham area) that has been in existence for over a decade. Our hands-on classes are reasonably priced because we don't believe in big price tags for primitive skills. That's just not natural!

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Huge 2006 Acorn Crop

This year's Fall Wild Edbile Plants class on 14 Oct covered quite a few "delectable edibles... mmmm," as Tim commented early that morning. But, the main item of discussion was this year's abundant acorn crop.

We talked, gathered, processed and ate acorns. Jen (Tim's much better half) made delicious acorn/peanut butter cookies and acorn/pumpkin muffins that were the hit of the class.

Interesting Oak facts: A mature Oak tree can produce up to 1,000 pounds of acorns in one growing season and this year was one of those years. In fact, Oak trees produce an abundance crop only every 3-5 years depending on the species and local weather conditions. Acorns have been used as a main food staple more than any other nut or grain over the course of human history. White Oak is the most common of the Oaks and good thing too, because they tend to have less of the tannic acid that makes processing acorns somewhat laborious. The nutrition of one handful of acorns is equivalent to a pound of hamburger making it an excellent food.

Hue brought his usual edible findings for all to taste... Jerusalem Artichokes, Persimmons (fermented slightly, but still good), Acorn meal (leached of its tannins), Autumn Olive sauce, and dried Nannyberries.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

The 10 Bushcraft Books by Richard Graves

We found an on-line edition of a classic bushcraft text now out of print, 'The 10 Bushcraft Books' by Richard Graves. Richard Harry Graves, 1898-1971, is a former Commanding Officer of the Australian Jungle Survival & Rescue Detachment of the Austalian Air Force and well know Austalian survival book.

'The 10 Bushcraft Books' are considered the seminal texts on bushcraft and this on-line edition is brought to you by Chris Molloy from New Zealand who has the passion like us for the outdoors. Originally written as wartime information for conducting rescue missions, the notes were later revised and prepared for a School of Bushcraft which operated for nearly 20 years.

See the Resources List to the left. Enjoy!