This one's for you, Dad!
If you don't know who Euell Gibbons was (I didn't), let's just say he was an expert on wild edibles (he died a year before I was born). Growing up during the Dust Bowl era, his mother taught him how to forage. In the 1960s he was well known for his views on natural, wild eating -- he wrote the book Stalking the Wild Asparagus about the subject.
This seems to be my new favorite subject. Though I remember back in high school, on a sort of outward-bound-lite camping trip, eating clover leaves on my solo night when my tummy was grumbling for lack of food. They didn't fill my belly, but they did plant a seed in my mind for a future passion.
yesterday's brooklyn foraging tour
26 August 2008
This one's for you, Dad!
I do at least. They're hysterical. Like these pygmy goats who like to jump on their dog:
Or this kid who likes to jump on the bed:
How about an office goat?
According to the National Pygmy Goat Association (NPGA):
The Pygmy Goat is hardy, alert and animated, good-natured and gregarious; a docile, responsive pet, a cooperative provider of milk, and an ecologically effective browser. The Pygmy goat is an asset in a wide variety of settings, and can adapt to virtually all climates.
Sadly, we can't buy a goat because we live in the city -- their are ordinances against owning them here (and where would we put the little bugger in our apartment?).
But if you're interested in getting your own pygmy goat, as a pet, for milking, or maybe for mowing your lawn, try these NPGA-approved breeders:
If you're a parent, you're probably celebrating. A student, mourning the unofficial end of summer. It's that time of year -- Back to School. And just like other marketed "seasons," there's something to buy. School supplies, accessories, clothes, etc.
But instead of the conventional stuff that was available to me when I was a kid, there's a whole range of eco-friendly options for back to school.
At the The Green Office, they make it easy to get back-to-school supplies with kits for both students and teachers. For example, for kids in 3rd to 5th grade, for $24.99 a kit would include:
- 3 Repocket Recycled Pocket Folders
- 1 Envirotech™ 100% Recycled Wirebound Notebook
- 1 Earth Write® Pencil (12-pack), Made in USA from recycled newspaper
- 1 Classic Colors Washable Waterbased (non-toxic) Markers
- 1 Crayola Classic Colors Crayons, 16/box (non-toxic)
- 1 Triggerwood Pen (plus refill)
- 1 Foohy® Colored Pencils (non-toxic)
- 1 Professional Watercolor Set with Brush, 8 Assorted Colors, Half Pans
- 1 KleenEarth® Steel Children's Safety Scissors
- 1 Washable, Nontoxic, Removable, Restickable Glue Stick
- 1 Pack of 7th Generation Facial Tissues
Buy Green also has a range of eco-friendly office and back-to-school supplies.
Like this cool set of recycled newspaper pencils ($6.62 by O'BON)
Or this elephant dung paper notebook (that's right! It's by Ellie Poo, $9)
And this classic composition notebook of recycled paper ($2.79 by New Leaf)
Check out the back-to-school giveaway at Sustainable Is Good.
They're giving away 2 bags from act2 GreenSmart that are made from 100% recycled PET plastic bottles. Note: You must be a student to enter. Entry deadline: September 2, 2008. Check out their site for details.