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About Nature's Access

I am a Grandfather of six and father of three. I have been married for 32 years. I am a veteran of the Army with eight years of service and one combat tour. I have a bachelors degree in History and Military Science. I love the outdoors. I am a proud Christian. I have many interest and love to research anything that I lack knowledge in. Wild edibles/herbal medicines and survival are passions of mine and I love sharing what I know.

Shoots

The issue with harvesting young shoots for food or medicine is that mistakes are more likely than when identifying mature plants in bloom. Both of these plants have long fuzzy leaves and are similar in appearance. Especially from above looking … Continue reading

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Poison Hemlock

Conium maculatum-Is a HIGHLY POISONOUS herbaceous plant in the carrot family. This is a plant that makes foraging for members of the carrot family extremely dangerous for beginners. By poisonous, I mean drop you dead poison. One mouth full will … Continue reading

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Michigan Flora Facebook Group

If you are looking for a place to show off, get an identification or information about a plant or mushroom, join Michigan Flora. You don’t have to live in Michigan to join. Most of the plants found in Michigan can typically … Continue reading

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Being a Safe Forager

OK Michigan. Enough is enough and get nice already! Well, it is crappy and so far this Spring has been nothing to brag about. I’m sure it is lovely somewhere but here on April 14, 2018, it is about 35 … Continue reading

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YouTube Videos Caution!

YouTube is huge. It’s also pretty cool and I watch YouTube videos everyday. But there is something that has been getting my goat lately. I posted a while back about a video that boasted 36 wild edible and medicinal plants … Continue reading

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Winter Survival

In light of the record cold temperatures, and my laziness, I am reposting information that I previously published. You can read more survival tips on the Surviving Nature page. You can find credits and resources for this info on that … Continue reading

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Eating Wild In-Edibles

I watch a lot of videos on wild edibles. I read a bit as well. Something that gets my goat is when video “producers” try to reflect themselves as more professional or educated than they actually are. Sounding very confident … Continue reading

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Un-Common Milkweed

Most of us grew up with the knowledge that Common Milkweed is poisonous. We were taught that one of the only creatures that can eat Milkweed is the Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar.  By eating the leaves, the Monarch ingest the poison … Continue reading

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Mid Summers Best Wild Vegetable

It’s Mid July. It’s hot and humid. The sun has already dried up the Spring bounty. So what is there that makes foraging worth the effort this time of year? How about one of the most nutritious vegetables known to … Continue reading

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Compromise, The Eighth Deadly Sin

Compromise, as defined by Merriam-Webster: : a way of reaching agreement in which each person or group gives up something that was wanted in order to end an argument or dispute : something that combines the qualities of two different … Continue reading

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