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It’s spring and there is so much potential. It is my favorite time of year. And although Efishent Foods will grow year round in a Bay Area greenhouse, and have produce available all year, — even some tropical and warm season plants in the winter! — spring still is important to get started on a project like this. The summer simply has more sun and that is why for us it’s still “the growing season.” We launched our Kickstarter campaign for this very reason when we did. We really want to get growing as soon as possible –it’s April and we don’t want to miss our window.

We only have 12 days left and we still have a long way to go. We can’t do it without your help!  Please contribute or spread the word!


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Bay Area foraging in the news

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My new book is available in electronic form!  The physical printed book will follow very shortly.  It is a PDF version that should be readable on my platforms and technologies.
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Buy Now

About the book:

Practically Wild: Food and Health Through the Eyes of a Modern Forager is a distillation of my 15+ years of research and experience with food, health, foraging, gardening, and a host of other related topics. I wrote this book for folks that want to know more about their food and how to think about health but don’t have the time or ability to follow up on this themselves. In this book is the knowledge and practices that have transformed my life (and continues to do so.)

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The new rains have brought my edible wild plant forays back. The hills are full of new green growth with more rain hopefully on its way.

Click here to see my upcoming classes and events.


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We are no longer self-published, Heyday Press in Berkeley is now the publisher of the book The Bay Area Forager. Copies will still be available to purchase in my classes, talks, and events, but no longer via direct order. The good news is that the book will now be in many bookstores and other more widespread markets.


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Aquaponics saved!

The landlord had a change of heart once I gave him a tour of the system!  All good for now!

Thanks to everyone for their support!

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My landlord just called me and told me that I have to get rid of the aquaponics unit in my backyard.  It’s been my obsession for the past several months.  I’ve spend lots of money, energy, time, creativity . . . and it’s just now really starting to get going.  These systems take a while to mature.  The reasons he gave, all completely erroneous are:

1.  The water bill has gone up.  The neighbor that reported me has had guests living at her house (she’s not supposed to.)  Hmm, maybe that’s the reason for the increase in the water bill.  The precise reason for me doing the aquaponics in the first place is to conserve water.  It uses up to 90% less water than conventional gardens.  I’ve been using LESS water than I did before.  The pump sends the water to the growbed and it goes back into the fish tank.  I explained this to him, and he seemed to understand.

2. The unit has caused my neighbor to have a rodent and bug infestation.  Really, then why haven’t I noticed any problems (other than aphids)?  I’m out there all the time, looking for the smallest detail that would indicate that pests were present.   I also explained this to him.

Despite the erroneous claims by the neighbor and me explaining this to the landlord, he still has asked me to remove the system.  He says it’s not something that should be done in a residential situation.  And that my friends, is precisely the problem.  This is exactly where the food needs to be grown, where people live!





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Aquaponics Tour

Aquaponics is a hybrid between aquaculture (the raising of fish) and hydroponics (growing plants without soil). Essentially,  the fish waste water is filtered by living bacteria, redworms, and plant roots, feeding them nearly all the nutrients they need to thrive, and then is returned cleaned to the fish tank.

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I have a 5 month old system running with in a very small backyard greenhouse with a variety of plants.  I will give a tour of the system and all its living things.

We’ll discuss:

  • fish and their care
  • fish food
  • plumbing and siphons, etc
  • plants
  • plant nutrients
  • pests, beneficial insects
  • PH and chemistry,
  • supplements to the system
  • and many other things that arise when running these systems.


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Before my system, I almost never spent any time in my back patio.  Now that the aquaponcis system is in place, it creates such a happening little ecosystem that I can hardly stay away!  The water feature, the warmth, and the diversity of plants attracts all sorts of biological intrigue.  It has taught me more about plants, nutrients, and pests, than my previous 15 plus years of soil gardening and foraging in less than a year!

This is something I’m eager to share with others and I think would benefit not only someone wanting to start an aquaponcis system, but gardeners and foragers to gain a better understanding of plants, water, and ecology.  And the fish are super fun to watch, I’ll make sure I won’t feed them that day until the tour begins.

I’m having tours scheduled for the following dates:

July 12, Saturday 10:00am until 11:30 am

August 10, Sunday 10:am until 11:30 am

But I also offer private tours of the aquaponics system, just send me an email and we can arrange a time.
The location is in Walnut Creek and will be emailed to you after registration.

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Spring Foraging in Marin 
Devil’s Gulch Ranch 
Saturday, February 22
9am – 2pm

Discover what’s edible (and tasty)
in the wilds of Marin!



 Foraging Class
Kevin Feinstein, known as Feral Kevin, will lead us on a 2-1/2 hour foraging walk.  Learn how to identify watercress, sage, nettles, dandelion, miner’s lettuce, bay and more.  Bring your walking shoes, clippers, and a bag or two.  You’ll want to take some greens home!

Potluck Lunch
Enjoy a lunch from your foraged greens! Bring a dish to share.

 Tour of Devil’s Gulch Ranch

Tour will be guided by owner Mark Pasternak.
Meet the rabbits, pigs, sheep & walk the vineyards.


$50/adult, kids under 12 free! For tickets: http://www.eventbrite.com

Ticket price includes the 2-1/2 hour class with Feral Kevin, a shared potluck lunch with a salad of your foraged greens, and a tour of Devil’s Gulch Ranch.

Bring your kids for a fun day at the ranch!
Questions about this event?  markdevilsgulchranch@gmail.com.

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Thank You 10,000 times to all those who supported the Kickstarter Campaign!   The Practical Forager book project is officially under way!

It was tight there toward the end, but the campaign finished just above the goal the night before the deadline.  I am very excited now to really dive into the making of this book.  The release date is set at December of 2014, however I will aim for a sooner release.

One thing I’d like to include in the book is YOUR INPUT.   I’m looking to weave reader questions into the book, to allow you to help guide the process and content.  If you have a question about food, foraging, or natural health, or anything related that you’d like me address in the book, please email me at feralkevin (at) gmail (dot) com.  Use the SUBJECT “BOOK QUESTION SUBMISSION.”    I will choose several of them to be answered and discussed in The Practical Forager.

Happy Foraging!

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