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You have been sharing stories aplenty, about migrant’s connections, native relevance, environmental stewardship and legitimacy of context.
See the images for last year’s exhibition here>
There is a book by Italo Calvino that still speaks to you, still has something to teach, something to say.
There is lots to be said about knowledge, how you acquire it and how do you transplant it into the situations offered to you as you travel through life.
Sometimes to ‘know’ is not enough, as little details unbeknownst to you hide away behind the complacent feeling of ‘having enough information’.
To question all the times is important, it might come across as pedantic at times, but surely can save you indigestion, in the case of mushrooms.
It’s raining in Sydney, a lot, and that is bringing forth what some already hail as “biggest season I’ve seen” [in 30 years of foraging].
The way to tell them apart is via spore print, and that is by placing the mushroom on a piece of white and black paper for a few hours so that the spores can drop on it, and you can then assess the coloring: white spores= edible ; green spores= poisonous.
The season is on and Wild Stories is now offering workshops on how to recognise and prepare wild harvested mushrooms, see here for details. Whether willing mushroomers come with us or go out alone, never bypass the golden rule: if in doubt, go without>>
That’s one of the reasons why you go in pine plantations for mushrooms, as there there are a couple of varieties that you cannot mistake. Polish and Ukrainian know that, and have been safely harvesting for generations. That’s where we go, to fetch Saffron Milk Caps and Slippery Jacks>> Yum!
We went over the mountain via the Bell Line. There were severe fires there about 6 weeks ago, and then it came the rain 4 weeks ago, for 2 weeks.
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This is the poster presented by Anna DuChesne at the 2013 annual meeting of the Society for Economic Botany, held in Plymouth, England.
Anna is a Master of Science (Ethnobotany) student at Southern Cross University, Lismore. Her research focus on the home gardens of Italian migrants in the Northern Rivers -assessing the plants growing in it but also the practice of collecting from the wild- and hope to demonstrate that wildcrafting is alive and well in Australia, focusing on the Italian community as an example.
In Anna’s words:
below is Anna presenting the poster at the conference: