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This Rabbit Hutch Kills Fascists

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This Rabbit Hutch Kills Fascists



Early this morning before heading off to work, I was dragging our rabbit tractor with 10 juvenile bunnies eight feet into new grass and was reminded of an exchange I had on Zero Hedge several days earlier.

 

Well, when it's the only thing you can afford - then of course you are going to buy it.

Consumers WANT to make better choices...

 

This is such horseshit.  Stop kidding yourself. 

Consumers only real choice is to consume MOAR or MOARER.

Consumer's give up any real power to choose when they become consumers.

Do my cattle, rabbits, and chickens get to choose what they want to eat?  No.

The producers get to choose to feed you whatever is most profitable.

Don't be a consumer, be a producer, if you really and truly do, "...WANT to make better choices."

 

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-02-21/are-amercians-turning-their-bul...

 

Then, I thought about Warren Buffet’s recent acquisition of Heinz and the fact that Coca Cola, Wal-Mart, ADM (Supermarket to the World), Kraft Foods, John Deere, and Costco are also major holdings of Berkshire Hathaway.  I remembered how I felt when I discovered that our elected representatives have made it illegal for anyone other than the government to test for Mad Cow Disease in the United States.  I remembered reading Ron Paul’s letter regarding raw milk producers being raided.  One of the characteristics of a fascist nation came to mind:

“Corporate Power is Protected - The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.”  

 

Then a funny idea occurred to me.  Woody Guthrie often performed with the phrase, “This Machine Kills Fascists,” inscribed on his guitar.  

I considered that this machine, my rabbit tractor, also kills fascists in the exact same way, and so do my handmade rabbit hutch, mobile chicken house, garden, and fruit trees.

Is raising some rabbits or chickens in your backyard or on your apartment’s rooftop really going to change the world?  I don’t know.  No single drop of water ever believes it is responsible for the flood.  I do know that it is incredibly satisfying to take action.  What is the saying?  Knowledge without action is insanity.

Raising rabbits is easy, they breed like rabbits, and it is especially fun and rewarding if you have children.  Rabbits are probably the best animal to learn to butcher, and the meat is delicious and healthy.  Here are a couple of excellent resources if you want to be a raindrop:

 

Bass Equipment Company

http://www.bassequipment.com/default.aspx

 

The Encyclopedia of Country Living, 40th Anniversary Edition

Carla Emery, $    19.77 

Especially if one does not live on a farm, it is a good thing to know the how, when, what, and where of providing for ourselves.

http://www.zerohedge.com/contributed/2013-01-24/will-you-pay-kid-read-12...

 

Finally, here are some of our results to help motivate you.

Rabbit cooked in cream, white wine, and rosemary with potato galettes.

 

Rabbit cooked in vinegar with whipped parsnips.

 

Roasted rabbit loin with home-grown haricots verts and wild rice.

 

The rabbit hutch built by me and the little horsemen.

 

What a fun way for kids to learn multiplication.

 

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Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:24 | 3289589 Element
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"Consumers only real choice is to consume MOAR or MOARER."

 

Consumers only real choice is to consume MAW or MAWER.

fixed it for you

(you realize the BBC will be showing you fronting the World Court for crimes against bunnies soon? ... looks delicious btw)

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 21:04 | 3288478 torabora
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Horse meat seems to be more popular than rabbit nowadays.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 21:02 | 3288474 stiler
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We have Giant Rex which are slower growers, but the pelts are velvety. My daughter has always done the rabbits, both daughters can dress a rabbit, goose, goat or pig. We always used a bb gun and then cut the throat, but the gun died and now just the knife. You've got nice grass on your farm, HH and you do excellent carpentry. We have a hilly farm and I'd like to put ponds in. Joel Salad-again is good too.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 20:26 | 3288340 Room 101
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For you folks who are considering raising livestock....consider beekeeping.  You can raise them in the city.  In fact, there are hives in Manhattan.They're a pain in the ass to keep alive, but they have their rewards.  Local honey and your garden will go hog wild.

Lord knows we need more beekeepers. 1/3 of your food relies on honeybee pollination.  

Great piece, H/H.  I love these actionable information threads. 

Fuck you bernanke.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 19:53 | 3288229 QQQBall
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Nice work. Congrats to you and the Lil' Horseman. I worked at a French Restaurant while in college - high-end place - they fed us lots of rabbit after our shifts... No "moar" rabbit for me.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 21:06 | 3288483 green888
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Swift- "For rabbits young, for rabbits old

For rabbits hot, for rabbits cold

For rabbits tender, for rabbits tough

We thank you Lord, we've had enough

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 19:36 | 3288178 Kriya144
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Re 3rd food pic...

That'd better not be raw milk!

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 19:35 | 3288173 pazmaker
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A great practical piece/article Hedgeless!

Thanks!

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 18:10 | 3287840 yabyum
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HH, Love the food porn, I start my heirloom roma tomato seeds this week. I have high hopes for a good garden this year, still eating from last year bounty. Nothing in this world tastes better than crops you grow yourself. Nothing.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 21:14 | 3288502 green888
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Nutrient dense food not only tastes better, but you can keep an 18 tomato for 4 months at room temp and it will not rot (it does dehydrate). How do you measure for nutrient density ? A reftractometer gives a Brix reading, 4 , 6 , 8, 12 is the PAGE score (poor, average, good, excellent) for tomatoes, whilst 18 is disease and pest free

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 19:30 | 3288152 Axenolith
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How to Grow World Record Tomatoes

Great book, got 17 foot tall cherry tomato plants in wine barrels and standards that yielded ~200 pounds in same, with it.  Year after there were cherry tomato seedlings growing like grass everywhere from the hundreds we didn't get.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 20:14 | 3288303 Axenolith
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BTW, another book that I've been told is a must have is the following.  I just ordered a copy, based on Matt Bracken's review on Western Rifle Shooters Association site...

A Failure of Civility

 

 

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 18:24 | 3287884 Seer
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Thanks!  I'd always thought that Romas were hybrids.

One year I grew green bell peppers.  It was a pain, as toward the end I had to shuttle them (in planters) indoors during the night.  But MAN!  Those things packed a wallop!  I have NEVER had any bell pepper that was so intense!  Maybe I give more thought to a greenhouse...

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 18:33 | 3287923 willwork4food
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That would be quite fun. We invested in a dozen or so bushes of blueberries and rasberries and peach trees. The berries are kicking ass, the peaches not so much. Should have found out about the Ph of the soil first...

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 22:45 | 3288783 1100-TACTICAL-12
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Butcherd 2 hogs today, chicks started hatching 3 days ago, and my tomatoes froze lastnight damn it oh well have plenty extra in the green house. good post HH

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 19:54 | 3288238 tip e. canoe
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this might sound like heresy to most, but pH may not so much of an issue if your soil has the proper microbiological balance.    if you planted in old forest soil, then it should have a proper fungal balance for your trees.   if it was meadow/lawn/pasture where "weeds" grew, then it is probably too bacterially (is that a word?) dominated and yes, pH will be a problem.

you might wanna try burying some well-decomposed wood with some mycrochorzhi inoculant around the drip line of each tree and sprinkle a tiny bit of wood ash in the root zone.   you could also plant some comfrey around as well.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 20:26 | 3288347 willwork4food
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It was meadow/lawn, but there's a ton of pine trees around. Good sun though. Thx for the tip, Tip!

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 17:54 | 3287774 Stuck on Zero
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I see Rabbit Raising requiring a license soon.

 

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 16:35 | 3287399 Seer
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For those interested in a portable chicken coop for layers I highly recommend the Plamondon design:

http://www.plamondon.com/hoop-coop.html

with mods from Dun Hagan:

http://dunhagan_gardening.blogspot.com/2007/05/poultry-schooner_5390.html

I also included some other mods, an easy to attach set of nest boxes and, a way to move the coop via human power (wheels on back, eye hooks inside and hooking up straps allow me to Fred-Flinstone the thing around [I've got uneven ground, lots of ruts, so dragging the thing really doesn't work]).

We've had in excess of 3 dozen fowl in this thing: 20+ layers, 6 Guinea fowl and 12 ducks.  Probably cost around $300, which, while a bit of initial expense, is pretty good on a per-bird basis.  It's lasted 1 1/2 years and only has required the replacement of one tarp.

On my todo list is to automate the opening and closing of the nest box door and pop door.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 19:56 | 3288242 tip e. canoe
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nice mod seer.   what kind of wheels are you using?

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 16:34 | 3287364 Widowmaker
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As the comments on this post demonstrate, the majority on ZH are helpless consumers.

If you are not authoring the menu, you are on the menu.

If you are authoring the menu, fraud and government sponsored racketeering will STILL make you on the menu in the US of gay.

Nice try, but individuals cannot win against the incorporated.  YOU have already lost.

 

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 16:18 | 3287287 steve from virginia
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Stock traders' water cooler is becoming Post Carbon Institute.

 

Interesting ...

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 16:37 | 3287408 hardcleareye
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He forgot to mention using the manure as fertilizer...

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 20:14 | 3288302 kaiserhoff
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The grass is always greener over the septic tank.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 16:17 | 3287284 MrSteve
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see lots and lots of good helping info at

 

http://journeytoforever.org/farm_library/cd3wdbooks.html

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 16:24 | 3287314 tip e. canoe
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journey to forever rocks.   amazing that they're from Hong Kong of all places.

here's another enormous resource:

http://www.soilandhealth.org/index.html

and there's always www.permies.com

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 16:16 | 3287279 Stud Duck
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Now Hedgeless, you know the USDA raided a couple down around Springfield Mo for producing and selling rabbits. It was a project for their kids that grw up on them. Apparently, they were unaware that you must have some federal permit to raise rabbits. Betcha never knew about that one.

On the back to the land thing, all them settlers that migrated out west had a milk cow in tow bhind that Conestoga wagon. If you have never milked a cow by hand (as I did while growing up) then you will never experience the pleasure of the cow swatting a fly on her back and wrap that runny manure tail around your face and then yank it back!

If all those ASPCA folks ever had that pleasure they would not be so animal friendly.

Good article, pigeons are also a cheap way to eat cheap. I have seen many a backwood (hill folks) survive on them.

 

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 16:45 | 3287444 hardcleareye
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Goats are so much easier to deal with than cows...  Less temperamental, hardier, more efficient food ingested to body weight, good milk/cheese and they make a tasty meal or two.

And for those of you investment bankers looking for a job:

Goat Herder (Temporary) Salary: $750.00 - $750.00 Monthly Location: FORT COLLINS, CO, 80524 Description:

Temporary Need 01/01/13 - 12/31/13. Requires a minimum of 6 months experience herding goats. Out-of-state request, work will be performed in various Counties in Colorado and Wyoming. Attends goats grazing on range or pasture; herds flock and rounds up strays using trained dogs;

https://jobs.utah.gov/jsp/utahjobs/seeker/search/viewReferralInfo.do?src...

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 17:11 | 3287595 Seer
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"Goats are so much easier to deal with than cows."

Easier to fence cows than goats.  I really want goats, but I have nightmares about having to chase them down (worse that my wife would have to- and she says she's not chasing any animals because it's my job to ensure there is proper fencing).

And, goats are suicidal, not to mention great at testing your insurance coverage (climing on vehicles, yours or others'!).  Cattle may bump into things, but generally they don't climb all over vehicles.

But, as I like to answer most things with: It depends!  Goats are primarily browsers, great for dealing with brush, for clearing.  Cows are grazers (though you can train them a bit on brush), great at harvesting grass.

There are lots of cattle that are pretty docile: Highland cattle are great.  BUT, and it's a BIG but... they're MUCH bigger, and as such, present danger by way of size.

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:26 | 3289602 Element
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48 volt DC

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 20:14 | 3288300 tickhound
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Sup Seer!  I was unaware these activities you and HH present were still permitted in 'Murica... for now.

Carry on.  ;) 

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 20:12 | 3288289 The Miser
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I am sure glad this tread is not about eating dog.  PETA save me.  PETA please send me one of those naked gals that film your commercials. 

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 16:23 | 3287313 kaiserhoff
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It's also fun to spray milk into the faces of the kittens and watch them lick it off.  They will line up for it.

Oddly enough, nursing women rarely have a sense of humor about that.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 16:05 | 3287206 Lordflin
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Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:47 | 3287123 JeffB
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Great article, thanks.

I do have a few questions for you, though.

I live in the suburbs and have been thinking about trying to raise rabbits. I'm on a low carb diet and rabbits look like an ideal way to "grow my own" meat, or a substantial portion of it, without having to worry about Mad Cow disease or pink slime or animals plied with antibiotics etc.

Fortunately, our city does allow it, (though I'm not sure if it will tick off the neighbors), but does require a concrete pad under a hutch. Your mobile hutch looks like a great idea. I had been thinking of building a smaller version, but yours looks a lot better.

One of my questions was how you kill them. I'm guessing it's not a good idea to do so in front of the others & was thinking I might have to take them down in the basement to do so. Since we're in the suburbs and perhaps in the basement shooting them probably wouldn't be a good idea. I was thinking of using a loop of wire around their neck to decapitate them or something along those lines, but imagine you have a better system in place. Hopefully it would be something I could use in the 'burbs.

Do you use the pelts? I thought that might be another benefit, but saw a video or two on YouTube and it looks pretty time and labor intensive. You'd probably have to have quite a few to make a blanket or coat or something.

Thanks again for the article.

 

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 16:57 | 3287515 hardcleareye
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Here is a decent link on how to get the job done...  I can handle the gutting and cutting part, I just can't kill them..... that part gets harder as I get older.

http://riseandshinerabbitry.com/2012/04/10/slaughter-and-butchering-rabbit/

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 00:46 | 3289123 JeffB
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Thanks! I have a couple of articles on raising them, but hadn't seen anything on slaughtering and butchering them.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 21:33 | 3288555 orez65
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I've also experienced that as I got older it got harder to kill animals for food.

I'm at the point now were I can't kill any animal for food.

However I can still kill plants.

In my way now to sneak up on a tomato.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 16:22 | 3287310 Wakanda
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In the nice suburb that I grew up in, the house behind us raised a few rabbits.  The lots were .8 acres and the pen was small, but my family was not bothered by it.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 16:40 | 3287420 JeffB
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Thanks for the info, Wakanda. My brother, who's raising a chicken as a pet in the suburbs had warned me that rabbits "stink", which would annoy the neighbors. I was figuring on trying to bury the scat &/or use some in the garden or scatter around the yard.

Glad to hear it was rather innocuous for your guys, though. That makes it sound a bit better for my chances here.

 

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 20:19 | 3288318 Big Corked Boots
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Rabbit poop is great in the garden. Generally doesn't need to be composted first, like with chicken poop. You might want to incorporate it into the soil if you are concerned about the smell.

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 00:39 | 3289114 JeffB
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Yeah, I was thinking of mixing it in with some compost and letting my boys mix it in with the soil for their garden.

But I'm still a little worried it may tick off some of the neighbors a bit. Most of them on our court have sprinkler systems & imaculate lawns. Some have lawn services, others do a lot themselves. I'm the odd man out with Buffalo grass and I do little more than mow it. When we first moved in I did use some weed killer, but now I use it for mulch and compost and would rather not have herbicides in there.

We all get together to give out treats at the end of the court on Halloween and my wife told me that neighbors on one side made several comments about our compost after I told the story of catching a racoon that I caught climbing into the big plastic trash can after I had thrown in a little water from a tuna can.

Perhaps they wouldn't mind too much, though. Their daughter is going to veterinary school. But then again she might not think too highly of it once she figured out we were eating them. ;)

One problem is the lots are < 1/2 acre. Another, is that I was thinking of having a couple of females to try and average one or two rabbits to eat per week. That seems like it might be quite a few rabbits at any given time counting the little ones.

But it would be nice to have fresh, healthy meat you should be able to count on. If they could help mow the grass, that would be a bonus too... and if the boys could tan the hides we could have rabbit comforters, rabbit coats, rabbit pillow cases, rabbit long underwear and ....  Well, maybe not, but it's an interesting thought.

 

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:43 | 3287103 SubjectivObject
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Ha!  Teaching the kids about multiplication; graat line.

or

About imaginary numbers; 1i + 1i = ........ 7?  .... ?2ini

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:42 | 3287094 kaiserhoff
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Great Piece, HH.

We raised rabbits when I was a kid.  I was amazed at how fast they grow, and how much meat they produce, on almost anything you want to feed them.

It's also nice that someone in the family is quite a chef;)

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:29 | 3287014 Overfed
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Great article. However, I prefer rutabagas to parsnips.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:15 | 3286911 it aint paranoi...
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Please bear with me- I rarely post on any site.

Let me see if I get this right...one way to bring around a "reset" is to starve the beast: lower your taxes paid to any form of government.

The process as it now exists:

The farmer harvests wheat- and he pays taxes on it when he sells to the storage mill (and also loses money off it through regulations, another day we can deal with that)

The storage mill takes the wheat and sells it to the wholesaler- pays taxes (I know many corporations don't pay tax, but you get the idea. Their workers pay taxes, though)

The wholesaler sends it to the factory- taxes paid (oh yeah, don't forget to add in transportation taxes- fuel tax, etc.)

factory to the store- taxes paid

store to me- taxes paid

OR..I go to the farmer (I live in a rural area) and buy the wheat direct from him/ her and learn to cook as this article mentions. "Taxes paid" changes dramatically, as in "off a cliff" dramatically.

Beans, corn, fresh veggies- all that "think global buy local " crap, may not be crap.

Its almost enough to make a vegaterian out of me.  Or I could obtain  a cow/ pig/ rabbit locally.

Civil disobedience in a way that hadn't occurred to me.  I probably read this in a ZH post and now it filters back out of my brain.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 18:53 | 3287982 TIMBO Anti-Castro
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Except most big farmers suck at the gov't teet for their subsidies.  Glad to hear so many people are learing self-suficiency, but even as the auther says, that drop of water will have no impact because most americans are too stupid to cook rice, much less grow it.

I love how the author is correct about our economic system closer resembling fascism but then he praises the effort of a total communist like woody guthrie. 

You can't hate big business, corparations, and government infestation but love communism.  Communism is the next rational deterioration of fascism once it fails.   

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:03 | 3286825 michigan independant
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Leading from the front. Good to see.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 14:51 | 3286744 slackrabbit
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At the rate the government is killing self sufficiency, they'll outlaw farting next because you both produce and consume it.......and all without a license.

 

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 14:38 | 3286677 Fish Gone Bad
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Knowing what wild plants you can eat is always nice.  Take for instance, black mustard (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brassica_nigra) it apparently grows everywhere I hike.

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