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Issue: 2017-09-06, PHOTO: Courtesy of Michelle Joy Carmichael

I am a lover of adventure and fine tastes – a forager of the wild world. The life I live is close with nature and so is my diet. I am a Gwich’in Inuvialuit Caucasian woman living in the far north, and a student of natural medicine. more

Sep 6, 2017 12:00 AM Wild Harvest

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On the way back I happened across a spruce grouse and it seemed that my luck was changing. As I was dressing my grouse I heard two more shots and it turned out that my hunting partners had had a similar thought about duck hunting, and had also more

Jul 27, 2017 12:33 AM Wild Harvest

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Of course there are many books on plant identification, but finding one specific to your climate and region is, well, essential. A time-tested book is Edible and Medicinal Plants of Canada by Andy Mackinnon (2009) – and there’s a whole related series more

Jul 26, 2017 12:00 AM Wild Harvest

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Issue: 2016-06-23, PHOTO: Kim Melton

I've put a lot of miles under me this spring between Victoria, B.C. and the Klondike Valley, and had thought I would be riding the green wave north. It is true that there were more leaves out on the Gulf Islands than there were when I arrived at... more

Jun 23, 2016 12:00 AM Wild Harvest

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Issue: 2015-11-05 PHOTO: Kim Melton

Ah, arnica. Renowned for its power to soothe sore muscles, sprains and bruises, and a common gateway drug into the wonderful world of the do-it-yourself apothecary. Most often it is in the form of arnica oil, where the bright yellow flower heads... more

Nov 5, 2015 12:00 AM Wild Harvest

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Issue: 2015-10-15 PHOTO: Kim Melton

Yes, a new form of torture has been developed, involving an unrelenting repetition of a single passage from the Myth of Sisyphus – what? C-A-M-A-S? So, not Albert? Oh...sorry about that. Let's begin again. more

Oct 15, 2015 12:00 AM Wild Harvest

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Issue: 2015-10-01 PHOTO: Kim Melton

When I first began eating wild mushrooms, I was studying squirrels. I watched which mushrooms they picked to stash in trees, and figured that whichever ones they ate were probably not (or not very) poisonous. These days I know a little more and am... more

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Wild Harvest

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Issue: 2015-09-03 PHOTO: Kim Melton

Before I get into to the juicy details, a little dry semantics: high bush vs low bush. And I love that I live in a place where no one need make any lewd jokes. Cranberries, of course, are the subject. Growing up, I only knew of one kind, harvested... more

Sep 3, 2015 12:00 AM Wild Harvest

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Issue: 2015-09-03 PHOTO: Selene Vakharia

“What are you doing? Are you sure you can eat that??!!” We were looking for my friend’s runaway cat in Riverdale’s green belt when I stopped to eat some berries. Having skipped breakfast to join the search party, I was thankful for a snack. more

Sep 3, 2015 12:00 AM Recipes

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Issue: 2015-03-19 PHOTO: Kim Melton

Seasonal eaters, whether they are gardeners, foragers, or locavores reading the labels at the grocery store, know that the lean time of year isn't during the dead of winter. Then, storerooms are still stocked with plump sacks of potatoes resting... more

Mar 19, 2015 12:00 AM Wild Harvest

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Issue: 2015-02-05 Photo: Kim Melton

As the days lengthen and I embark on ever-longer forays out into the world, I remember wistfully the easy goal of foraging. Foraging itself is not effortless, but during the snowless seasons the decision to do so is. It is simply part of the reason more

Feb 5, 2015 12:00 AM Recipes

Yesterday the sun sank behind the mountains at the same moment as the final round of applause burst forth from the tents lining the roundabout at Shipyard's park — a poetic end to the farmer's market season. more

Sep 25, 2014 12:00 AM Wild Harvest

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I was re-routing some electrical cables through some bushes the other day, and what did my little eye spy? Not one, but two beautiful Agaricus mushrooms, one quite large and already flattened out like a pancake, the other with its veil still intact. more

Sep 11, 2014 12:00 AM Wild Harvest

Ah the glory days of a Northern summer!It's the few short weeks when I take the covers off of the garden beds (always ready to run out at night should the temperature dip), and the days when the lakes are swimmable (not just dip-able). more

Aug 21, 2014 12:00 AM Wild Harvest

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August 7, 2014 Issue

My lack of birding skills used to be a secret shame. When it did come out, it was with an embarrassed acknowledgment that despite a background in biology and an intense love of nature, I was at best a "crap birder". more

Aug 7, 2014 12:00 AM Yukon Outside

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June 5 Issue Photos

On a beautiful, sunny, exceptionally long May evening, it's hard to believe it's not summer. However, ice remains on the lakes, and will form, too, on the water buckets by morning. more

Jun 4, 2014 10:53 AM Wild Harvest

It's only recently that most people have forgotten how to forage for food. For thousands of years, First Nations communities across Canada lived on food provided by nature. Berries, barks, plants, flowers and herbs were cyclically harvested for food more

Jun 13, 2013 12:00 AM Wild Harvest