Hunting and gathering
Gin and I are both learning more about
wildcrafting. I've been a lifelong fisherman and ocean harvester
and am now learning to hunt land animals as well. While hunting
is sometimes a tricky choice, for those who eat meat the moral choice
is simple: if you want to eat it you should be able to look it in the
eye and kill it, that has always been my test. What is more difficult
is the choice the concious omnivore makes when shying away from the
violence of the hunt when the grocery store just feels so much less
brutal. The problem is that the grocery store hides a different, and
often worse, chain of violence. The displacement of animals to make
cropland, fertilizers (in some cases organic) poisioning soil and
waterways, pollution from the production of packaging, and gasoline
wrought from oil wars and belching CO2 into our delicate
ecosystems. Killing fuzzy land animals makes me wince, but I like
the transparancy of that choice more than buying a box of organic
cookies at the store and wondering how what it's weight in blood might
be. Maybe they should put that on the back of the box.
Mostly I try eat vegetables from my garden, that's an easy choice.
Ginger gathering wakame (seaweed) to sell at the farmers market.
Brian cutting some Kombu.
Hanging the seaweed to dry in the sun.
On the beach we boil huge pots of seawater to make sea salt.
...adding more water. Seawater is 3.5% salt. Needless to
say, it took a long time to get the salt.
After eighteen hours and a night on the beach I drag a few pounds of
salt paste home for finishing.