Forts dating back to the 1800s

I watched in envy of the sense of community these employees shared. I was honored and I strove to reciprocate with something I could share. Peanut butter sandwiches just didn’t work, but a bowl of fruit easily graced everyone’s plates. Just today, I distributed nine dozen among friends through cash transactions or trades.

Now, I try to tell the homesteading neophytes: “Focus on one or two good things. Everyone has something to offer but nobody has everything.” Some have pork. Some are master gardeners while others’ skill is cooking what comes from the garden. Sometimes I’ll just bring a dozen to a friend who’s been feeling down.

In Lisbon, he said, cooks visited the market often.

The lady of the house was humiliated if she served day-old bread.

Within the reservations of Bishop, Big Pine, and Death Valley, California, he ate wild onions, saltgrass seed, and beetles. As I listen to his stories, I wonder how someone would describe my food culture. Friends talk about originality, of freshness and wholeness.

During pine nut season he accompanied tribal elders as they harvested gallons of what would sell for a fortune in a grocery store. I suppose mine would be the from-scratch foods popular with simple homesteading today. Vanilla extract steeped at least four months before it’s used to make homemade eggnog. As part of our local homesteading communities, she’s my source of amazing pork.

Reno has a large Hispanic population of first-generation immigrants and their children.

But I didn’t realize how much my simple homesteading centered on them until I no longer had family to feed. Within two days, the counters overflowed with garden produce.

My husband had gone to the Philippines on business for three weeks. Among the squash and peppers sat a stunning tomato.

In Cape Verde, fish, rice, and fruit from free-growing mango trees dominated the cuisine.

People ate when and where they could and he lost a lot of weight while on the island. Several years later he studied linguistic anthropology and worked with the Owens Valley Paiute tribe to help revitalize and document their language.

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