Choosing Local Soap Alternatives

Sometimes the green movement really worries me. The idea of replacing toxic chemicals and plastic is admirable don't get me wrong but why this tendency to reach across the world to find natural materials to replace them when Mother Nature provides everything we need...

Raising Self-Reliant Children

How To Raise Self-Reliant Children (from Barefoot Self-Reliance) When we have children, we are parenting for society not the individual whim of the child in the moment. Our work is to produce a competent individual who can pick up his own shit, work hard to grow for...

Reducing Sat Nav Dependency Part One.

Why You Should Ditch Your Sat Nav. Are you the kind of person who, before you start the engine, has to program your sat nav gadget with a postcode? Do you then follow it blindly, turning left and right at the stated distances, until you "reach your destination"?  If...

Early Settlers in Iceland – The Ultimate Self-Reliance Test!

Early Settlers in Iceland - The Ultimate Self-Reliance Test! Joy wasn’t the first emotion I experienced when my husband said he had booked us a surprise trip to Iceland - my first thoughts were - cold and barren. Ungrateful I know but Cold I would say is my main...

A Final Nail In the Coffin for Traditional Crafts?

A Final Nail In the Coffin for Traditional Crafts? Recent research into the state of health for our body of our traditional skills has shown some alarming results. What Are We Losing? Two recent pieces of research, one by the Heritage Crafts Association and the other...

WoMan As Her Own Star

“Man is his own star”* What is Self-Reliance? Oxford Dictionaries states it is: "Reliance on one's own powers and resources rather than those of others". This can be in the realms of housing, health care, mental health, parenting, fitness plus knowledge and skill...

Ten Tips for Buying Your Ultimate Warm Winter Coat

Ten tips to ensure you get the warmest coat for your money this winter. Are you looking to buy a winter coat? Do you feel the cold and and want to make a good investment in your warmth by choosing the right coat or jacket but don’t know where to start because there is...

Seaweed Survival Demystified

If I tell you that all the seaweed you see on your local beach is edible bar one* which is not likely to be present anyway - does that demystify the whole subject a little? At Wild Harvest we teach many different subjects broken down to be easily accessible for...

A Chemists Guide to Making Fire

Growing up with an Industrial Chemist   I decided to email my Dad a couple of years ago to ask: "which chemicals could start a fire?" For example could glycerine and potassium permanganate work - an article I had read online suggested so?   This was his reply... "Hi...

An Introduction to Wild Food Foraging

Where our local supermarkets and restaurants stand today our ancestors once hunted and gathered their food. Hunting and gathering was, over the last century, becoming a romantic relic from the past. The subject of anthropologists and historians (how eating such large...

Selecting and Preparing Willow to Begin Basket Weaving

Basket Weaving Basket-making really is a cradle-to-grave skill.  Baskets are used from birth as moses baskets to carry newborns and then throughout life to collect wild food, cook in, eat from, shop with, sit on, right up until our death, where we can even be buried...

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