Incredible edible landscape map shows you where to find free food

February 25, 2016 by  
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Fruit is abundant if you know where to look. Falling Fruit , a massive collaborative mapping project, provides foragers with the tools they need to track down a nutritious snack. Beyond satisfying the hunger pangs of the present, the initiative provides individuals and communities with a resource through which they can build resilience in the long term. Through the contributions of people all over the world, Falling Fruit is steadily building a map that will guide the hungry towards free food that may otherwise have gone to waste. Read the rest of Incredible edible landscape map shows you where to find free food

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3 edible mushrooms that are easy to find – and how to avoid the poisonous ones

February 25, 2016 by  
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There’s no better way to enjoy rainy weather than to break out your Wellies and go mushroom-hunting in the forest. Mushrooms are a healthy addition to your diet and are loaded with important vitamins and minerals that are hard to find in plant food such as Vitamin D, B Vitamins, Selenium, Potassium, Copper and Beta-Glucans , which are important for your immune system . Of course you can find common button mushrooms, cremini and portobello (which are all just different sizes/colors of the same species) in your local supermarket, and you can grow your own oyster mushrooms , but it’s a lot more fun to forage for your own exotic fungi! Many delicious species such as chanterelles , cauliflower mushrooms , truffles and porcini can only be found through foraging, since they are not grown commercially. Some people are scared of the idea of mushroom foraging, since there are deadly mushrooms that can kill you with one bite. But don’t fear – there are several types of mushrooms that are perfect for beginner foragers since they’re unique and easy-to-identify, with few or no poisonous look-alikes. Read on to discover three types of easy-to-identify mushrooms for beginner foragers. Read the rest of 3 edible mushrooms that are easy to find – and how to avoid the poisonous ones

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6 delicious plants you can forage in your local urban park — VIDEO

October 8, 2015 by  
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Many of us are completely unaware of the delicious edible plants that surround us, especially in urban environments, but did you know that there are a multitude of tasty plant species right in your own neighborhood park ? No matter where you live, foraging is a free, fun culinary activity which requires only a keen eye, some plastic bags and a sense of adventure! It’s easier than one might think to uncover nutritious natural edibles, from medicinal herbs , to edible flowers , brain-boosting nuts and exotic salads . We followed NYC’s famed foraging experts Wildman Steve Brill and his daughter Violet Brill to discover six abundant and delicious plants nestled within the urban forestry of Prospect Park, right in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. Watch the video and read on to learn how to identify these forageable plants, from field garlic and ginkgo biloba to black walnuts and sassafras. Some of them could even be growing in your own backyard! You can learn more about foraging for these delectable plants (and many more) with Wildman Steve Brill’s new Master Foraging App , now available for iPhone, iPad, and Android systems. Read the rest of 6 delicious plants you can forage in your local urban park — VIDEO

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Seed searchers seek super sunflowers for key to climate change resilience

October 8, 2015 by  
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Implementing solutions to climate change will require big ideas and an even bigger mobilization of resources, but high technology doesn’t always have the answers. Plant physiologist Laura Marek and research botanical Gerald Seiler are seed searchers who have spent the past 11 years searching for sunflowers that, in their ability to quickly adapt to environmental changes, may hold the key to boosting resilience against climate change. Read the rest of Seed searchers seek super sunflowers for key to climate change resilience

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8 common weeds you probably never thought you could eat

July 28, 2015 by  
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Researchers are introducing non-native insects in a desperate attempt to battle Japanese knotweed

June 17, 2015 by  
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If you live in the US or the UK, you are probably familiar with the scourge of Japanese knotweed, even if you don’t know it. Japanese knotweed is one of the world’s most invasive plants and has colonized many disturbed and undisturbed ecosystems in Massachusetts and at least 38 other states. It has no predators in North America or Europe and is notoriously difficult to remove by force. As the armies of knotweed march ever forward, scientists in the UK are experimenting with a dramatic method of weed-killing: the introduction of a non-native, knotweed-loving insect to munch the stalks down to size.   Read the rest of Researchers are introducing non-native insects in a desperate attempt to battle Japanese knotweed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Aphalara itadori , beneficial insects , biological control , biological solutions , controlling japanese knotweed , ecosystem restoration , Fallopia japonica , Frederick Law Olmstead , green pest control , green weed control , invasive plants , invasive species , Japanese Knotweed , knotweed , New England invasives , non-native insects , non-native plants , pest control , psyllid , weed control , weeds

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We’re giving away a queen-sized organic cotton mattress worth $679!

June 17, 2015 by  
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We spend one third of our lifetime in bed, so a natural sleep surface is one of the most important investments you can make. Why? Conventional mattresses are chock full of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) that are extremely hazardous to our health including flame retardants linked allergies, asthma, hormone disruption, endocrine problems and cancer. Fortunately, there are now many natural mattress alternatives including organic cotton, wool and natural latex. And now, thanks to the good folks at My Green Mattress , one lucky Inhabitat reader will have the chance to win their very own all-natural, non-toxic mattress. We’re giving away a brand new medium-firm Queen-Sized Pure Echo Mattress valued at $679! Plus, every Inhabitat reader will receive an exclusive $75 off any mattress using PROMO CODE: Inhabitat$75 . Read on to learn how you can enter to win the best sleep of your life. HOW TO ENTER: 1. SIGN UP FOR THE GREEN MATTRESS NEWSLETTER > (Note: Scroll down to the bottom of the page) 2. SIGN UP FOR THE INHABITAT NEWSLETTER > We’ll be announcing the winners in our weekly newsletter , so if you want to find out who won, you’ll need to receive it! 3. LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW telling us what you like most about the Pure Echo Mattress and why you need a healthier, green mattress. The deadline for this giveaway is Wednesday, July 1st at 11:59PM EST . We’ll pick the comments we like best and announce the winners in our newsletter, so make sure you’re signed up ! Read the rest of We’re giving away a queen-sized organic cotton mattress worth $679! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: all natural mattress , American mattress company , certified organic cotton mattress , Contests , eco-friendly giveaways , eco-friendly mattress , eco-giveaway , giveaway , green giveaways , green mattress , Health , healthy mattress , My Green Mattress , natural mattress , non-toxic mattress , organic mattress , Pure Echo Mattress , Tim Masters , US mattress company , wool mattress

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Gorgeous forest home in Sweden makes living deliberately stylish

June 17, 2015 by  
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How to make a foraged spring salad with plants you can find in your backyard

June 3, 2015 by  
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With the arrival of spring comes the pleasure of spending time outdoors. Whether it be enjoying the fresh warm air, the abundance of new greens and herbs or the ability to spend entire days outside, we just can’t get enough. So what could be better than combining them all into one splendid activity which replaces the need to grocery shop or make a trip to the gym? Here at Inhabitat, foraging – finding wild edibles near our house – is one of our favorite spring pastimes. Foraging is available to anyone with access to nature – whether that is a nearby urban park, your backyard or nearby patch of weeds. We recently set off on a foraging adventure in the urban jungle of New York City to collect wild salad greens in Central Park with NYC’s beloved master forager, “Wildman” Steve Brill . Read on for our recipe to make a delicious, locally foraged spring salad using common wild greens and herbs that can be found right in your local park. Read the rest of How to make a foraged spring salad with plants you can find in your backyard Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cattails , common mallow , diy foraged salad , edible weeds , foraged salad , foraging , foraging in New York City , foraging new york , foraging new york city , foraging nyc , garlic mustard , healthy salad , how to forage for greens , how to forage for salad , locally grown food , make a salad from your backyard , pennycress , poor man’s pepper , recipe , urban foraging , Vegan Recipe , vegetarian food , vegetarian recipe , violet , violets , weeds you can eat , wild greens , wild mustard , wild salad greens , wild violet , wildman steve brill , yellow wood sorel

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6 delicious plants you can forage in your local urban park — VIDEO

May 29, 2015 by  
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Many of us are completely unaware of the delicious edible plants that surround us, especially in urban environments, but did you know that there are a multitude of tasty plant species right in your own neighborhood park ? No matter where you live, foraging is a free, fun culinary activity which requires only a keen eye, some plastic bags and a sense of adventure! It’s easier than one might think to uncover nutritious natural edibles, from medicinal herbs , to edible flowers , brain-boosting nuts and exotic salads . We followed NYC’s famed foraging experts Wildman Steve Brill and his daughter Violet Brill to discover six abundant and delicious plants nestled within the urban forestry of Prospect Park, right in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. Watch the video and read on to learn how to identify these forageable plants, from field garlic and ginkgo biloba to black walnuts and sassafras. Some of them could even be growing in your own backyard! You can learn more about foraging for these delectable plants (and many more) with Wildman Steve Brill’s new Master Foraging App , now available for iPhone, iPad, and Android systems. Read the rest of 6 delicious plants you can forage in your local urban park — VIDEO Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aromatic herbs , black walnut , common weeds , DIY tea , edible flowers , epazote , field garlic , forage brooklyn , foraging , foraging nyc , ginko biloba , goutweed , herb foraging , medicinal plants , prospect park , sassafras , urban foraging , wild foraging , wild herbs , wildman steve brill

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