Feb 24th, 2015 by feralkevin
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.)Share on Facebook
Nov 26th, 2014 by feralkevin
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.Share on Facebook
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 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.
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.
- fish and their care
- fish food
- plumbing and siphons, etc
- plant nutrients
- pests, beneficial insects
- PH and chemistry,
- supplements to the system
- and many other things that arise when running these systems.
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:
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.
Spring Foraging in Marin
Devil’s Gulch Ranch
Saturday, February 22
9am – 2pm
Discover what’s edible (and tasty)
in the wilds of Marin!
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!
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? email@example.com.
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.
To everyone who has pledged or spread the word so far — Thank you so much!
Now we are over 80% to the goal, but only 36 HOURS left in the campaign.
If you were thinking about pledging, but have not done so, this is the time. Remember, if the goal is not met by the deadline, then nothing is funded. There are no extensions or extra time given.
I believe this book will serve as an important reference for anyone concerned about their food and their health. I have been on a vegan, vegetarian, raw food, macrobiotic, paleo diet (lots of meat), wild, garden, local, you name it — I have tried it! I have had a number of health issues over the years that have led me to really figure out what are the best foods for human health. I have also researched for over 10 years how to achieve the most sustainable yields in gardens and from wild ecosystems — wild forest foraging, raising chickens, permaculture gardening, container and urban gardening, aquaponics, micro-greens, making your own herbal medicines — the way of getting food that is best for the planet as well as convenient for the modern person. This journey of discovery is what drives this book, and it is the backbone of The Practical Forager.
More about the book:
The book will be a guide to eating, gathering, and growing the most sustainable, healthy, and fun food possible. It’s a journey through the current state of our food system from the eyes of a sustainable forager — one who is “doing it right” — and how to arrive at that place living in modern society. One of the chapters will create sample diets that will be the most sustainable, doable, and nutritious possible. It will cover how to live off the wild, and the surplus food your garden or local ecosystem produces.
The Practical Forager will be available in a printed book as well as electronic version for Kindle and other readers.
The book will include:
- a guide to common edible wild plants of the world
- a crash course in plants called “grocery store botany”
- over 30 recipes
- easy ways to garden and tend the wild
- discussions on a variety of topics including oxalates, gmo’s, paleo diet, green smoothies, wild nutrition
- much more!
This is only a small sampling of what the book will discuss and outline. It is a cross between a plant guide and a more broad and digestible book such as the bestselling 4 Hour Chef by Tim Ferriss.
It is unlikely to be written, at least not any time soon, without a successful KickStarter campaign. With only 36 hours left to make the goal (ends officially Friday morning at 9:00 am Pacific Time), please make your PLEDGE NOW
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