January 2012 Blog Posts (4)

Wild food Classes/walks

Anyone know of any courses etc in the Canterbury region

Added by Scott Hamilton on January 19, 2012 at 20:58 — 2 Comments

Natural char materials for flint and steel fire lighting

The skills of lighting a fire with a piece of flint,high carbon steel and char cloth is well documented and widely practiced in bushcraft circles. Generally  the char cloth is made by baking a piece of pure cotton fabric in a low oxygen environment. (in a tin)

Historically materials gathered from the forest were used instead of char cloth. To me, competency at flint steel fire lighting would require the material needed to be gathered from the bush,eg the hard stone and tinder. Most…


Added by barnsey on January 10, 2012 at 23:55 — No Comments

An amazing 3 weeks at the Outward Bound School

Well mid way through last year I got an opportunity through my work with the Red Cross New Zealand to go on a fully funded 3 week course at the Outward Bound School based in Anikiwa, Marlborough Sounds. (Actually only 20mins away from home)

I grabbed it with both hands, packed my bag and arrived one sunny day for what turned out to be one of the most fun and crazy times of my life.

We dump our gear, meet our 13 other watch mates and it's straight out in PT gear for a…


Added by Te Hopo on January 5, 2012 at 23:55 — 6 Comments

New food bill to be passed...Please read...

Not sure if you all have heard of this new food bill to be passed, I say to be passed as it must be passed to meet our obligations as members of The World Trade Organisation.

This is effectively going to make it illegal to give away seeds, spare produce etc to friends family and neighours, it also means without permission from government you will be breaking the law if you sell any, eg at markets etc, or as a cottage industry.


It also gives police the ability to raid…


Added by Scott Hamilton on January 4, 2012 at 22:02 — 6 Comments

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