Here is a link to some photos from our most recent Wildlife Tracking Apprenticeship Weekend. It was the weekend that changed winter into Spring. The first day was -10 C or so and the next day was +10C, warm and sunny. Some great tracking and a great group of people to be with in the forest. There are always lessons to learn from nature. I'm thankful to have this opportunity to experience life in this time and place.
The taste of money proved tastier than that of potatoes during the last few markets of the season. I ended up selling more than I should have of these delicious tubers as well as onions, beets and the like.
Now I'm faced with the task of making these precious few bushels of potatoes, onions and beets last as long as they can.
Standing shovel in hand, looking at a landscape of rocky outcrops and whitepines I plunge the spade into the sweetfern and wintergreen covered duff layer. To my surprise it's easy digging. Fluffy and sandy this ancient riverbank proves to be.
I dig a hole 4 feet long, 2 feet wide and 5 feet deep in under 2 hours. The
next day I utilize odd bits of 1x2's and plywood to build a simple wooden box complete with hinges and a pull handle made of cord.
I lower it into the hole as one might a casket, slowly and methodically.
The space between the box and the perimeter of the hole I stuff straw, top with soil and then layer the bottom of the inside of the box with sawdust- 1 inch thick.
Besides potatoes and onions I pack a cardboard box with tomato sauce, salsa, pickles, canned salmon and various other canned goods that I don't want to freeze. I figure if this is supposed to keep the potatoes from freezing then it should keep everything from freezing, right?
I top it all with more straw (about 6 inches) , stuff straw around the goods inside and close the lid. I pile more straw on top (about 1.5 feet), cover that with a tarp, weighed down on all sides.
Now all I can do is wait. Wait and hope that this is going to be enough to keep the frost from piercing my precious spuds. Until next time!
Next time is December 27th. We hauled less food in knowing that buried beneath the ground was a treasure chest full of gold, yukon gold that is.
I unearth the box once my craving for salsa gets the best of me.
I feel very satisfied and a little wonderstruck as I pluck potatoes, onions and salsa from the box in the same condition as when I put them in. Hip hip, salsa and chips!
(significant warming occurred overnight)
Wildlife Tracking Workshop - January 14-15th - Beaver Valley near Kimberly
Algonquin Winter Tracking Trip - February 19th-24th -- Algonquin Park
Track and Sign Evaluation - February 26-27th - Dwight
Wild Plants Apprenticeship Program - April 7-8th – Near Orangeville (10 month program 1 weekend a month)
Minesing Swamp Overnight Canoe Trip – April 14-15th – Angus area
Traditional Hide Tanning Class - April 25th - 29th - Beaver Valley near Kimberly
Headwaters Primitive Skills Gathering – May 10-13thth – Kimbercote Farm, Beaver Valley
Wildlife Tracking Workshop - May 19th - 20th - Wasaga Beach area
Edible Foraging Workshop - May 27th - Creemore - 100 Mile Market
Urban Edible and Medicinal Plants – June 8th - 10th – PINE Project, Toronto
Edible and Medicinal Plants Class – June 14th - 17th – Wolf Den Hostel, Dwight
Advanced Survival - Bridge Class - July 11-15th - Beaver Valley near Kimberly
The Way of the Naturalist Canoe Trip – July 17th -22nd – Algonquin Park
PINE Project Youth Summer Camps – July 2nd – August 10th – Toronto
PINE Project Youth Summer Camps – July 16-2oth & 23rd – 27th – Huntsville Area
PINE Project Youth Over-Night Camps – July 29th - August 4th & August 5-11th – Huntsville Area
The Spirit of Plants – August 4th – 5th – Location TBA
The Art of Mentoring – August 2oth – 25th – Norval Outdoor School, near Georgetown
The Algonquin Experience Canoe Trip – August 27th – September 3rd – Algonquin Park
Utilitarian Uses of Plants - Cordage, Baskets, etc.... - September 8-9th Dufferin County
The Art of Survival - September 13 - 16th - Parry Sound Area
Autumn Glory Canoe Trip – September 20th - 23rd – Algonquin Park
Traditional Hide Tanning Class – October 31st - November 4th – Beaver Valley near Kimberly
Herbal Medicine Making Class – November 16th – 18th – PINE Project, Toronto
Wildlife Tracking Apprenticeship Program 2013 - Begins in November 2012 - One weekend a month for 10 months
That's it. A couple new additions will be added in the near future. If you have any questions or would like more information please contact us through email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 519 217 4921.
Just finished our second weekend with the Wildlife Tracking Apprentices. A great couple days focusing on Sign Tracking. Looking forward to Trailing, aging and an intro to gaits next month. Here's a link to the photos on our Flickr Site:
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We have some great Wildlife Tracking Programs planned throughout 2012.
We hope you can join us on one of these tracking adventures!