Last winter may have crashed over the highlands like a tidal wave, but spring was fickle. Weakly warm days gave way to snow at the slightest breath of northern breeze, and snow gave way to balmy rain when the breeze turned to the south. Only timidly did the sun ever peek through the clouds long enough to make a difference. Yet bit by sure bit, spring took hold and the meadows and woods slowly greened beneath lengthening days. Let’s head into the back country and discover the forest the moment after it wakens from its long, cold slumber.
As winter struggles to keep hold its grip of our mountain hollow, and spring comes listlessly, let us hearken back to late last summer again and enjoy a little warm sun and soft green grass, the braying of goats and the clucking of hens, as we learn about some of the forage to be found in the rich, hoof and claw turned soil around barns. In particular, we’ll examine wild mustard and lamb’s quarter.
The full roster of 2017 classes is now up. Just go to the top and look up Twa Corbies Courses. This year, you’ll find classes on foraging, cheesemaking, survival and bushcraft for the fun of it. More courses will likely be added over the next month on organic gardening, brewing and other essential back-to-basics skills, but at this time we have a full roster available. Email me if you have questions.
What if the sh!! really does hit the fan? What if you are in the bush and everything goes south and you’re going to be stuck awhile? How would you get by? Would you know how to create shelter and find food? Would you know how to find your way to help, or if you should even try or wait for help to come to you? What would you do if you were sick and didn’t have access to modern medicine? In this two day course, we will explore all these questions and more. Using nature as our classroom we’ll learn how to survive, feed and care for ourselves using little more than basic woodsman’s tools and what the land provides.
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Launching with the vernal equinox, Into the Woods takes viewers into the rugged Canadian back country. Learn about wild foods and medicines, the techniques of bushcraft and homesteading, the almost legendary skills of woodsmen to track wildlife and thrive in remote country. Travel by air, horse and canoe to experience the rare beauty of the Canadian woodlands, and visit modern bushmen as well as the heroes engaged in preserving this threatened ecosystem even as industries invade for its last resources.
Today, we begin with a look at how winter helps Maritime forests transition from soft to hardwood and immerse in the first hints of spring upon a frozen landscape.
From Wildwood Ways comes a new series:
Launching with the vernal equinox, Into the Woods will take viewers into the Canadian back country. Learn about wild foods and medicines, the techniques of bushcraft and homesteading, the almost legendary skills of woodsmen to track wildlife and thrive for days in remote country. Travel by air, horse and canoe and experience the rare beauty of the Canadian woodlands, and visit modern bushmen as well as the heroes engaged in preserving this threatened ecosystem even as industries invade for its last resources.
Into the Woods . . . where we explore everything related to Canada’s natural world.
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