Fungi gone wild!

Mushroom identity flowchart

Let’s talk about wild food. I’m in favor of wild food. If we can get our sustenance from what grows around us, and help ease the burden on our food supply, that’s a good thing. But here’s the dirty little secret of wild food: most of it isn’t very good. If I had a little […]

Dead bird walking

turkeys in hoophouse

We are within 24 hours of solving the Turkey Problem. The Turkey Problem started in May, when we got a lone poult, of indeterminate breeding, from a clutch of a half-dozen fertilized eggs we bought from a local guy. Our trusty Buff Orpington hen, Queenie, did her level best, but she wasn’t able to manage […]


can of acorns

Over the last several months, acorns have played a much more significant role in my life than I ever thought they would. I blame Al and Christl. Frequent Starving visitors know Al and Christl. They’ve done just about everything we do – raised chickens, kept bees, cultivated shiitakes, grown vegetables – and have given us […]


I asked my friend Maggie to help because I knew she had the right hat

I’m not much a of a planner. There are no to-do lists in my life. There are no schedules. There is no time management. There is only triage. Anything that doesn’t absolutely, positively, have to happen today gets the put-off. The extent to which this is a problem is in direct proportion to the number […]

Wild thing

Russ Cohen, edible plant guy

We’ve been cultivating plants for millennia (that’s “we” the human race, not “we” Tamar and Kevin), and have turned the plants that thrive in the wild, which are often bitter, woody, sour, or poisonous, into the sweet, tender, domesticated crops we have come to depend on. In the process, we’ve turned them into sissies. They’ve […]