The Open Book Café - Foraging For Flora, Fauna & Words
'One of the signs that spring has finally arrived is the melting of snow and the emerging green growth that begins to poke through the forest floor. The ostrich fern Matteuccia struthiopteris is one of spring’s early risers. Named after the Ancient Greek struthio meaning ostrich and pterion meaning wing, the common and scientific names refer to the large, feather-like shape of the fern. The curled crosiers that emerge in the spring are fittingly called fiddleheads.' - Fiddleheads on Woodlots
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Introduction To The Open Book Café
Good afternoon, and welcome to The Open Book Café: Foraging. And right now, we are in the middle in the forest, standing in the midst of National Poetry Month.
'Our spring has come at last with the soft laughter of April suns and shadow of April showers.' - Byron Caldwell Smith
The Green Corridor II by MultiMediaSusan@gmail.com
Riverwood park, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
'You will learn much more
Of the worlds that are inside you
When you open the door
To that which dwells outside.'
The Credit River by MultiMediaSusan@gmail.com
There are places where the green and multicoloured nourishment is greater in bounty than by demand, that exists
'the pure, natural green found in the fields, on the trees and on the mountains. Nothing is more beautiful, nothing so delights the eye and the heart.
There is nothing in the world more pleasant than the beautiful verdure of fields in blossom, broad-leafed trees covered in foliage, banks of the rivers where the swallows come to bathe, stones that are green in color, like precious emeralds.' - Jean Courtoise
'I feel as if the Grass was pleased
To have it intermit --
This surreptitious scion
Of Summer's circumspect.' From The Mushroom is the Elf of Plants -- By Emily Dickinson
'Also: sage, mint, and thyme—the clocks of summer—and watermelon and blue lobelia.' From What I Would Like to Grow in My Garden by Katherine Riegel
Onion, luminous flask,
your beauty formed
petal by petal,
crystal scales expanded you
and in the secrecy of the dark earth
your belly grew round with dew.
Under the earth
and when your clumsy
green stem appeared,
and your leaves were born
in the garden ...
- Pablo Neruda's Ode To The Onion
'The green-white privet flower, the spotted stone,
And all that welcomes the rain; the sparrow too,—
Who watches with a hard eye from seclusion,
Beneath the elm-tree bough, till rain is done.
There is an oriole who, upside down,
Hangs at his nest, and flicks an orange wing,—
Under a tree as dead and still as lead;
There is a single leaf, in all this heaven
Of leaves, which rain has loosened from its twig:
The stem breaks, and it falls, but it is caught
Upon a sister leaf, and thus she hangs;
There is an acorn cup, beside a mushroom
Which catches three drops from the stooping cloud.'
- From Beloved Let Us Once More Praise The Rain by Conrad Aiken
Reduce. Reuse Recycle.
But don't forget to
Conserve, regrow, replant!
'If you do not sow in the spring you will not reap in the autumn.' - Irish Proverb
For those who need a bit of guidance:
How To Forage For Food - David Suzuki
8 Tips On How To Get Started With Foraging - Cottage Life
So far, I have just started kale & carrots (the week before). To be added: avocados, and whatever else.
What are you growing or regrowing?
Reduce Food Waste Regrow From Scraps - Food Revolution
How To Regrow Fruits Vegetables From Kitchen Scraps Zero Waste Tips - Eminence Organic Farm
18 Foods You Can Regrow From Kitchen Scraps - My Heart Beets
Regrow Food In Water - Don't Waste The Crumbs
Regrowing Vegetables From Scraps - https://about.spud.com/blog-regrowing-vegetables-from-scrap/
Question: What foraging apps do you use? I have tried a few, but I am still on the search for good ones.
Share your photos, related poetry, quotes, books, magazines, etc. Please credit the original author. Feel free to share your own original images as well. Foraging fruit will have its own future post.
Thanks for stopping by The Open Book Café.
See you next Sunday!
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About The Author Susan Leitch is a writer and multimedia artist, and content creator and curator. One of her writer pseudonyms is Hannah Ellie.
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