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  • Plants to Forage in Fall

    1. Crabapples - wild apples are smaller and more sour than their cultivated counterparts, but are delicious when cooked into desserts or made into jelly.

    2. Wild Grapes - common in many areas and grows along roadsides, forest edges, and stream banks. Use them like you would regular grapes.

    3. Persimmons - native to the southeast US along with a few southwestern states, persimmons are a delicious fruit that needs to be eaten when soft and ripe otherwise they are sour and bitter.

    4. Elderberries - immense medicinal value and are also edible. Best to eat them cooked.

    5. Autumn Olives - they aren’t really olives but red berries that grow on a shrub in the central and easten US. They need to be fully ripe before eating or else they taste astringent.

    6. Cranberries - native to the northeastern and upper midwestern US and Eastern Canada. They handle frosts well and will last through the fall and even part of winter.

    7. Rose Hips - the fruit of the rose flower, can be found in the wild or cultivated gardens. They are high in vitamin C.

    8. Sumac Berries - any sumac variety that has red berries is edible. The clusters of berries are very tart and will persist well into fall.

    9. Hawthorn Berries - there are many types of hawthorn berries that are ripe in fall. They don’t all taste great, but none are poisonous except for the seeds so don’t eat the seeds!

    10. Acorns - the nuts of oak trees are especially abundant in fall. They need some processing to make them edible but they can be made into acorn flour.

    11. Chestnuts - sweet chestnuts are a delicious fall treat. Don’t confuse them with the similar looking horse chestnut though, which are very bitter and toxic.

    12. Black Walnuts - a great fall foraging food, but takes some work to hull and crack. Not everyone likes them but if they’re abundant near you give them a try!

    13. Pine Nuts - pine nuts come from the piñon pine which grows in the western US. They are a bit tough to harvest and process but delicious.

    14. Dock Seeds - curly dock and yellow dock are leafy weeds foraged in the spring and summer for their greens. In late summer they grow a large stalk that will be covered in seeds in fall. Once the seed stalk dries the seeds can be collected.

    15. Dandeliion Root - a highly medicinal bitter herb that is abundant in most areas. It can be used in all kinds of recipes from a coffee subsitute to dandelion root muffins.

    16. Chicory Root - chicory grows almost everywhere. High in fiber and like dandelion root can be used as a coffee substitute or in other recipes.

    17. Burdock Root - burdock is a thistle with a tasty edible root. Other kinds of thistles like bull thistle and milk thistle also have edible roots you can dig up in the fall.

    18. Jerusalem Artichoke - these knobby tubers actually get sweeter after a few frosts. They are often grown in gardens but can also be found growing wild in disturbed areas.

    19. Conifer Needes - the needles of evergreen conifers are one of the most widespread things to forage in fall. Most are edible except the yew which is toxic. Pine, fir, spruce, redwood, and hemlock (the conifer not the herb) are all good. They can be made into a tea or added to recipes.

    20. Birch bark - can be foraged in colder regions, the bark and small twigs can be made into a tea. The inner bark can be made into a flour substitute. Don’t forage too much bark from one tree or you risk harming the tree and it’s growth!

    21. Sassafras - the root and bark can be made into a tea and is one of the original flavors in root beer. It grows in the eastern US and has distinctive mitten shaped leaves.

    22. Juniper Berries - they aren’t really berries but a pine cone with a distinctive flavor and scent. Commonly used as a spice or for medicinal purposes instead of a food.

    23. Chickweed - comes up in spring and again in the fall. The greens are edible and make a yummy pesto!

    24. Goldenrod - blooms in the late summer and fall. Use goldenrod as an infusion for honey and add it to tea. It is great for relieving allergies.

    Keep Reading: https://www.growforagecookferment.com/what-to-forage-in-fall/

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  • Scientists have developed an innovative technique to print biosensors, which can measure temperature, electrical heart signals and blood oxygen saturation, directly onto the skin at room temperature.

    The biosensor is currently just at a prototype stage, but can already accurately measure body temperature, moisture change on the skin, blood oxygen and saturation, and electrophysiological signals from the heart such as those measured during an electrocardiogram (ECG) test.

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    #science#news#steampunk#solarpunk#plot bunny #welcome to the future #technology#health #this could be us
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    Lino printing cards for hunt sabs to sell for a fundraiser

    What are hunt sabs?

    Hunt saboteurs are groups of people who have taken it upon themselves to stop the destruction of wildlife. In the UK they mainly focus on fox hunting, which sadly still goes on despite being outlawed in 2005. They also have been heavily involved with disrupting the badger cull, an initiative where government money is being used to slaughter badgers in the hope to stopping bovine TB- there is no scientific back up for this cull. Additionally, hunt sabs may target people hare coursing, setting snares, or targeting corvids.

    They are our wildlife’s front line defence against unjust slaughter.

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  • The collapse of international communications conglomerates left communication dead zones all over the world. On remote Pentecost island, residents applied traditional building techniques used in Nagol land-diving towers to construct long-range wi-fi nodes capable of rising above the jungle and mountains of their home.

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  • You know, one of the many, many reasons I despise the “housing culture” (I’m too tired to come up with better term, sue me) in USA, and in this case especially the HOAs, is because the town I grew up in was basically one goddamn massive apple orchard.

    Apparently the soil in there is very much in favor of growing apples, and while yes, there’s few actual orchards, majority of the apple trees are in the residential yards. Most yards have at least one tree, depending on the size. The row house apartment I my family lived in until I was 21 had TINY backyard and we had two apple trees and one plum tree. If the house has a big yard and is in the older parts of the town (few neighboring town got merged in few years ago, so those parts don’t have the same apple culture) it’s kinda expected it has at least like 10 trees and probably berry bushes too. I swear, even some apartment buildings got apple trees.

    Okay, yeah, that town has weird relationship with apples (there’s goddamn apple festival!), but that’s my expectation and then I come to internet and start to learn how in USA you might be legally prohibited from growing any sort of edibles in your yard and you have to have your yard super neat and plain or else you get penalized?

    Okay, tbh I’m still bit fatigued from being sick for most of the week, so I can’t actually articulate how much that pisses me of, even though I most likely won’t ever have to deal with that because I live on the other side of the planet and I plan on only split my residential time between apartment buildings and my family’s cottage in the middle of the damn forest, where no one cares and even if they do they don’t actually have any leverage, but yeah fuck that shit!

    And maybe I should actually take my snooze tab and go to sleep, so I can some day get over this damn fatigue…

    #solarpunk#about usa#ranting #Kudos to you if you read all of that and it made sense to you #I'm fairly sure it won't make sense to me when I wake up
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  • seriously what’s stopping us from putting straight up fruit trees and stuff in our front yards???? lawns take up so much water and don’t offer shade or anything

    why are we paying for that lawn real estate if we never go out there? if you have trees, you can sit in the shade and read. you can take your computer out there and have zoom classes. you can say hi to your neighbors if you want. you can wait for dogs and say hi to them.

    and you can eat fruit and vegetables throughout their seasons. in our backyard i eat tomatoes and strawberries and lettuce since there’s always a surplus. why can’t we have a garden in the front yard too?

    not really a point here. just something i think about a lot. lawns suck.

    #solarpunk#lawns suck #food not lawns
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  • “An industrial wind
    Blows from the west
    It’ll burn out your eyes
    And suck out your breath “

    A miller in rural South Dakota takes advantage of a brief lull in the wind to play some old pre-collapse tunes. When the grids failed, people had to adjust their work to the rhythms of nature rather than an arbitrarily imposed schedule.

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  • Alrighty, two batches of black walnut ink later, and I’m not sure my hands will ever be the same! The first batch was just the walnuts, plus a little rubbing alcohol to keep it from getting moldy. The second batch I cooked down with some rusty metal, to hopefully make it darker. The process is thus:

    1. Soak the hulls in just enough water to mostly cover them.


    [photo id: a white enamel pot filled nearly to the brim with black walnut hulls and water. The hulls are mostlu black, with some green and brown. The water has already turned very dark. The pot is sitting on cement.]

    2. Bring the hulls to a boil. This has a definite smell, so I did it outside over a fire.


    [photo id: the same white enamel pot is now sitting on a metal grate balanced on two upright cinder blocks, which are in a metal fire ring. There are pieces of branches sticking up out of the fire ring, and smoke drifting up, but no visible fire. The ground around the fire ring is covered in dead, brown grass and small sticks. Behind the fire ring is a pile of stones, as well as trees and other vegetation.]

    3. Strain out the hulls. I have no pictures of this, because I was not particularly graceful about it, and kept splashing ink and hulls everywhere and I didn’t want to stain my phone or drop it in the ink.

    4. Return to heat and simmer until it looks right. Could be five minutes, could be two hours, honestly, I’m not convinced it did anything just yet. I suspect that over time, the first batch, which I only simmered for a little while, will fade more than the second batch, which I boiled for several hours. Time will tell.

    5. Bottle and add alcohol! The recipe I kinda, sorta followed said one tablespoon per quart, I guesstimated about that, then added a little extra, just to be safe. Supposedly storing it in the refrigerator will also help prevent mold, but I don’t want anybody accidentally drinking this.

    6. Results!!

    Batch #1:


    [photo id: a white piece of paper torn out of a sketchbook rests on a metal mesh table. Across the top of the paper is the alphabet, below that on the left is a drawing of a tree trunk, on the right is the quote “unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” The paper is propped up against a glass jar with a brown and white patterned lid, filled with the ink, which looks black. In front of the paper is a feather from a guinea fowl, which has been used as a quill, with ink still on the tip.]

    Batch #2:


    [photo id: a piece of sketchbook paper torn out of a book and folded up. There is a flower with a stem and leaves drawn on it in brown ink. The ink fades from a dark brown to a lighter brown. Across the top of the page, there is some writing that is cut off.]

    Overall, a fun project. I’ve already shared some with my friend who is an artist, and I plan to share more with other friends and acquaintances who are interested.

    #solarpunk#diy#ink #black walnut ink #black walnut#solopunk#art #if you wanna call my flower art lol #next up#paper #out of yucca leaves
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  • imagine having a monoculture lawn in 2020 lmao yikes

    #monoculture#solarpunk#biodiversity #wild native plants and gardens are where it's at y'all
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    Sunflowers are all doing a weird lean onto the dahlias after a few storms, but still flowering.

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  • The Americans negligence of their own rail lines and public transit systems throughout the 1900s and early 2000s created a serious problem when they could no longer ignore increasingly severe oil crises from the 2070s onward. Their solution was to electrify the sprawling American highway system. Power lines arced over freeway lanes where trolleybuses and mile-long cargo trams replaced the once-ubiquitous automobile.

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  • In 2016, an estimated 560 billion disposable foodservice items were used in the U.S. And food deliveries with such items have jumped during the pandemic.

    ‘At scale, a billion takeout containers ending up in landfills every year is so much more problematic than washing a billion takeout containers,’ says Lauren Sweeney, the co-founder of DeliverZero. Her startup allows customers to order takeout with reusable containers instead of single-use items. The company says each of its containers can withstand 1,000 uses.

    'In New York City, we estimate that it’s 22.9 billion individual, disposable foodservice items [that are thrown out] per year,’ says researcher Rich Grousset. 'This is something we can easily do something about.’

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  • As consumer electronics became more expensive and existing devices broke  down, public internet booths sprang up where anyone could access the wonders of the world-wide-web for a paltry $0.75 per 15 minute access interval.

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  • i dont get why people say that wind turbines ruin the view??? i smile every time i see them driving in the countryside. they look like hope for the future and complement the landscape around them

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  • Yeah, talking about plastic pollution is important. Why are we not also talking about how much safe drinking water is thrown out? Not even just bottled water, but drinks & other products with water in them?

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  • Electronic waste prohibitions as well as concerns over the long-term repairability of micro-electronics actually brought about a resurgence in mechanical computation in the 21st century. Mechanical calculators became commonplace in engineering offices. Analytical engines built from open source schematics dating back to Babbage himself were actually built in significant numbers, usually by town governments looking to automate utilities.

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  • It was an intriguing question I arrived at when confronted with the idea that it is a European colonial narrative that peoples were not spiritual, cultured, or civilized until they were brought under the European influence of its own views.

    Of course this is false, but it led to an interesting question of our broader relationship to the idea of progress. That too has been fueled by the industrial revolution, soaked in again a colonial European narrative that shuts out the ideals of others.

    I would like to pose an honest question to those not of European decent, what is your cultural relationship to the idea of progress?

    What does your culture value most when you think if the future and where we as a species ought to go?

    I’d love to hear your honest answers as long as its spoken with kindness.

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