It’s time I mention that I am involved in an on-line Tera Warner course called Healthy Homesteader. Many of the things covered in this training are things I already know about (dehydrating, storage, sprouting, soaking nuts and seeds) or don’t intend to do (select meat, cook). Still, it is good to have to take the time to think about who I am and what I want to do in my kitchen (I have to keep a journal), and correspond with Kinderly, my course mentor (not sure what she calls herself exactly, but mentor seems to do the trick) about my homework (Yes, I have to do homework, too). Kinderly is a hoot! No matter what I say, she comes right back at me with a serious dose of positivity and encouragement (I think she must be cracking up with every homework assignment I send to her- that, or else, she pities me mightily for trying to “homestead” in a New York City apartment with only 2 windows that get sunlight)
So far, we’ve covered cookware; knives and knife techniques; food storage; food combining; herbs and spices; soaking grains, nuts, and seeds; and setting up a drying station.
The part where I have gotten stuck is on the latest two lessons, which are about foraging. Here in New York City, there are only the city parks for foraging, and I have been deathly afraid of those parks for the past 25 years (I’ve only ever gone to Central Park 4 times, and I have only been to Riverside Park once in all that time.) I know that people go into our many parks all the time, but, for certain reasons, I am terrified of them. So, with this lesson, I realized that I have to take some sort of action, regardless of the anxiety. I’ve exchanged emails with Wildman Steve Brill , who runs foraging tours of the city parks, and am poised to possibly sign up for his next foraging tour into Central Park. Oh, I am excited. Mr. Brill is well-known in New York City (he must be, if even I have heard of him), and he was very welcoming and generous when I contacted him, so I feel as comfortable as I am going to about this upcoming new experience.
Then, on the Facebook communication page for my training, I found mention of this Foraging Prayer (from Holly Drake at wildblessing.com) :
My Foraging Prayer
Lord, open my eyes to behold wonderful things from Your world this day. Psalms 119:18
Unlock just one more of Your secrets in hidden places for me. Isaiah 45:3
Show me something that I can safely eat and prepared for my well-being and for those I love. Psalms 145:15-16
Teach me to be a wise woman who is in tune with your creation cycles, and the movement of Your Spirit. Ecclesiastes 3:1, 11
Fill me with awe of Your magnificence, Your creativity, and Your goodness, vrom the shy violets on the forest floor to the stars that You breathed into existence and call by name. Isaiah 40:25-28
May I never worship the creation but rather the Creator and Sustainer of all. Romans: 1:20-24
Enlighten my mind with timeless truths that Your creation patiently proclaims to any who will be still long enough to listen. Colossians 1:17
Bring my senses back from slumber to be fully awakened to each smell, texture, taste, nuance of shape and color, and even the faintest stirrings of life. Psalms 46:10
Restore to me my heritage from generations of my forebears, who walked Your earth knowledgeable of Your bounty, and who reveled intimeately in Your presence. Psalms 145:5
May every forage into the ‘green’ draw my heart closer to Yours. Psalms 105:3