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Month: November 2011 (page 1 of 2)

Sweetgrass.

I seem to be alluding to the Beartooth mountains of my youth a lot lately, this time via the subtle and incredibly beautiful film Sweetgrass, which documents a dying practice of shepherding into the mountains for summer pasture.  I am not sure how I feel about the age-old practice, as grazing throughout the West has resulting in a manifold of ecological problems, from erosion to wildlife habitat loss.  But I can’t help lamenting the loss of a lifestyle that so many of my friends and neighbors lived growing up in Wyoming.

The Rucksack.

I love a good rucksack, and thankfully I have two military surplus packs that go pretty much everywhere with me…depending on the season.  I have had the “summer” pack since my college days, and it’s traveled throughout the western U.S. with me in that time (shortly after 9/11 this pack was the subject of some airline delays, presumably on account of residual munitions dust – nothing says “authentic” like a 30 minute TSA delay).  Last year I picked up the “winter” pack to handle the Oregon rain, and the waterproof material has definitely been imperative on bike commutes to downtown Portland for work.

I have been looking at modern rucksacks lately, mostly those from Archival Clothing in Eugene.  I like the fusion of modern and classic styling with the inclusion of leather, waxed twill, and brass hardware.  Good stuff.  I would probably go with the “Ranger Tan”.

 

The Locavore Hunter – Jackson Landers.

Joel over at deadbait ran a post today about Virginia hunter Jackson Landers, who is conducting a hunting class in conjunction with releasing a new book titled, in very straightforward manner, The Beginners Guide to Hunting Deer for Food.

I wanted to share this because, like Joel, I would like to expand my wild food collection from fishing and foraging to hunting.  Our cabin is surrounding by dense woods, so a garden is out of the question (other than a few shade tolerant herbs, which we’ve grown in the past), so it seems like hunting would be the way to get some additional local food on the table.

Jackson Landers hunts Canada Geese from Helenah Swedberg on Vimeo.

 

Portland Ketchup Company.

I tend to get excited about good ketchup.  Ketchup in general, actually.  I know, it is so common as to be overlooked, and sometimes it seems like there isn’t much that can be done to improve on a condiment that most of us completely take for granted.

I was surprised and happy to see that the (kind of) local restaurant and pub chain (empire) McMenamins recently switched to a local ketchup company.  Portland Ketchup did not disappoint.  They’ve “got your buns covered.”  Nice one McMenamins!

Forest Glen Fungus.

I have little confidence in my skills in mycological identification.  In fact, the only mushroom I consistently seek for eating purposes is the chanterelle, leaving the others behind on account of ignorance.

I would like to change that at some point, but in the meantime I still find virtually all mushrooms beautiful, or at least intriguing. Below is a sample of some of the fungus around forest glen road.  Do you know what they are (especially that incredible white one)?

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