Jennifer Houghton

Jennifer Houghton is a yoga & fitness teacher, blogger, and green homesteader living in the British Columbia mountains. She spends most of her days chopping wood, digging dirt, learning to fix things, and babying her 3 cats. She's very keen on furry creatures and the smell of balsam fir trees.

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  1. Isis- Little Mountain Haven
    Isis- Little Mountain Haven January 28, 2014 at 3:40 PM .

    Our backyard is so full of wild foraging it’s been a pleasure living here. Every year I try and learn more and more things I can eat. last year there were soooo many mushrooms in both spring and fall I was kicking myself for having no idea what is edible (still waiting to hear of a local class, let me know if you hear of any!). I havent found cranberries yet, we have over 30 hazelnuts (good luck beating the squirrels to them though!) and 8x 10 foot tall elderberries on the acreage. Lots of wild ginger although I’ve yet to harvest it. We ate so much wild nettle & dandelions last year (I’m going to try dandelion flower tempura this year! maybe even wine), also lambs quarters. We have burdock but havent eaten it, in fact we’re trying to stop it from invading the garden. I found a recipe for nettle beer & elderberry wine last year which Im intrigued by. We make elderberry syrup every year, although this year we’re planning on dehydrating the berries instead of making the syrup all at once. Elder flowers! Our 3 year old goes crazy for the thimbleberries every year too.
    LOVE the koot life! Last year was an AMAZING huckleberry year too!

  2. 12 Ways to Become More Self-Sufficient
    12 Ways to Become More Self-Sufficient December 28, 2013 at 2:46 PM .

    […] 3.  Forage for wild foods.  Research local wild plants and find out which ones are edible.  Here’s a sampling. […]

  3. Deborah Davis
    Deborah Davis December 9, 2013 at 8:20 PM .

    What an eye-opening look into edible wild plants! I have been thinking about taking a course with a local wild edible plant foraging expert in my community. This post has inspired me to take the next step. Thank you so much for sharing this valuable post with us on the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Hop! We sincerely appreciate it!

  4. Jennifer
    Jennifer December 5, 2013 at 12:32 PM .

    Awesome post! Great photos! Wonderful info! Plants are terrific aren’t they!? LOVE them!

  5. Jenny
    Jenny December 4, 2013 at 6:27 PM .

    Thank you for sharing this with us at the HomeAcre Hop! We’d love to have you come back again tomorrow!

  6. janet pesaturo
    janet pesaturo November 29, 2013 at 2:05 PM .

    Hi! Thanks for sharing this on From the Farm blog, as I enjoyed this summary of wild edibles very much. I do a lot of foraging here in New England, but I am not familiar with some of the plants you mentioned. Wild hazelnuts are absolutely wonderful – so good that I finally planted them in my own yard so I can harvest baskets full. I’ve been posting a lot on wild edibles; feel free to check the wild edibles section of my blog.

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