Kern River Wildharvesting Cooperative

We were recently robbed & fled our home base at 2232 Commercial Ave. in Lake Isabella, California from where we were modeling “the first wildharvesting cooperative in the country”- Kern River Wildharvesting Cooperative (www.KernRiverCoop.com).

We’re now fundraising so we can recover from losses & relocate to the Marin County area.  Please support our fundraiser on Crowdrise.com and so we can model our plan which can be replicated nearly anywhere:

Permaculture & Ethnobiology Combined

De-shellers, oil presses, grain mills, & other technologies combined with the use of highly-efficient traditional Native American processing techniques” will be broadcast to demonstrate a replicablerenewable, production-based resource management system which restores native ecosystems, prevents wildfires, and produces way more resources while exhausting way less time, energy, & resources (water!!) than our current methods of resource management undertake.

1.)  Highly-Nutritious Acorn Flour & Oil

3 Different Species of Acorn Nuts:

3 acorns

2.)  Buckeye Nut flour

  • Caution!  Buckeye nuts are poisonous when eaten raw due to the chemical aesculin present throughout the tree!
  • Buckeye nut flour has been a mainstay food for people around the world for hundreds of years, & can be processed into a highly-nutritious, starchy flour similar to potato flour.
  • Buckeye trees produce 4.4 tons of nuts per acre!
  • Buckeye nuts are much larger than most nuts currently sold on the U.S. market.  An abundant local food source!

California Buckeye Nut:

Buckeye nut

3.)  Pine nuts, pollen, & oil

Nuts:

  • Currently pine nuts are generally shipped in from China or Russia when found in markets, however many very large pine nuts can be found growing from grow coast-to-coast throughout the U.S.
  • Nuts edible raw or toasted, and can be pressed for oil.

Pine Nuts:

Pine Nuts

Pollen:

  • The pollen from the catkins contains 30% its weight in protein as well as a wide variety of minerals & nutrients, & was traditionally harvested as a food source by both Native Americans and Indo-Europeans prior to the expanse of the Holy Roman Empire.  The pollen can be harvested in spring.

Pine Pollen Being Shaken Out of the Catkin:

Pine Pollen

4.)  Sycamore Syrup

  • similar to maple syrup, but tastes more like butterscotch & honey.
  • Just like Maple syrup, Sycamores make yummy syrup without even harming the tree.  Its “the west coast syrup”!!

Palmate Sycamore Leaves & Globose Seed Pods:

Sycamore Seed Pods

We’ll also broadcast how to produce many other products using techniques found in our first major publication (available as soon as we attain these resources), called More Valuable Than Gold written by former U.S. Army Ethnobotany & Wilderness Survival Instructor dedicated lifelong teacher Richard Lonewolf, & photographed, produced, & with forward written by Wild Willpower‘s founder & former longtime student, Alexandra “Distance Everheart” Wilson:

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Kern River Coop

Learning from the Past to Prepare for the Future