2022 Year in Review
A year-in-review slideshow that reminds us of good things we learned
Happy New Year Wild Ones! I look forward to 2023 and all the wild blessings God has in store for us. Start each day hiking to your sit spot, asking God for eyes to see evidences of His love all around you hidden in plain view!! Here are some ways to expand your wild BUCKET LIST!
“You crown the year with Your goodness, and Your paths drip with abundance.” Psalm 65:11
We can live without food for many days but only three days without clean water. Join me for another Wild Blessings class as we learn from a emergency preparedness instructor, Jody Maier, the focus of her teaching is on the most basic need in an emergency: water. The average person needs 1 gallon of water a day to survive. Jody will teach you how to catch water and then purify it for drinking and hygiene.
Preparedness is expecting the unexpected and making needed changes while you have options. The impetus for becoming self sufficient in emergencies resulted from the Maier family surviving two hurricanes where they were left stranded on the outer banks of North Carolina for 3 weeks without power or water.
Jody challenges us to shift our thinking into ‘what if?”… even making a game out of brainstorming with ‘Black Out’ Parties. Her focus in part one of Wild Preparedness is on our most basic human need, clean water. “It’s best to begin preparing from a happy place when you still have options, time and availability.” affirms Jody. There are no emergencies for those who are truly prepared. Being prepared for a crisis before one arises is a wise practice and builds confidence.
I hope this class inspires you. Of course, as always I feature what is on Nature’s Shelves this past week with my Wild Blessings slideshow. (October 5-12)
In part two of my Wild Preparedness series, Jody will give her best tips on how to cook food, stay warm and provide light in the event of a power outage. Then I will be teaching on how to create a Wild Intentional Garden by bringing the wild home for the ultimate in food sustainability.
Preparing during times of peace is ‘peaceful’ and whatever efforts you and your family do to prepare are never wasted. “It is better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it!” There is a powerful, secure feeling in knowing that you chose to take charge of your personal readiness and that of your family because together you made the effort to plan ahead.” (last two quotes from Making the Best of Basics by James Stevens)
“The wise man foresees the difficulties ahead and prepares for them, but the fool goes blindly on the suffers the consequences.” Proverbs 22:3
Peace to you,
Here are some books on preparedness that we appreciate for the non hype manner of presentation and thoroughness of details. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. The links below are affiliate links, which means if you click through and make a purchase, I’ll receive a small commission. It does not affect the price you pay.
Making the Best of Basics Family Preparedness Handbook – https://amzn.to/3imINCH
Preparedness Peace – https://amzn.to/3VMasvf
Sustainable Preparedness (Reclaiming Noble Independence in an Unstable World)- https://amzn.to/3XNHJIx
Jerusalem Artichokes (also known as JAs) are one of my favorite wild passions. They are the ultimate survival food. Also called sunchokes, you can grow them with minimal effort, they’re fun to harvest (all winter) and they’re a powerhouse of nutrition. During the Summer this plant is known for it’s sunflower-like flowers and sticky sandpaper-like leaves. The knobby tubers are for ‘sale’ from October till Spring and are like digging for buried treasure.
The only thing about JAs that is a bit annoying is it’s gaseous effect on your digestion winning it the nickname ‘Fartichoke’. BUT there is a way to tame this quality that I will show you in this class. Here is the link for my teaching video on Jerusalem Artichokes and their amazing gifts.
Sunchokes can be pickled, fried, mashed, roasted, and used in any manner as a potato substitute only with less carbs and calories. All my favorite JA recipes are on my Patreon page. Enjoy!
My best Jerusalem Artichoke recipes are on my Patreon page. Would love to have you join me as a supporter of Wild Blessings on Patreon. Along with the added Wild Blessings such as recipes… my Patreon members get a serious discount on my in-person classes. You can support me at https://www.patreon.com/wildblessings.
If you don’t have Jerusalem Artichokes on your land you can buy them at Whole Foods and just pop them in the ground. They will thrive and multiply to provide for you and yours!
Be sure to share with me your JA adventures in foraging and cooking this ultimate survival food.