April 2017

April 2017

The FORAGER Box

This month is all about FORAGING resources from the wild places.  I hope you enjoy the unique collection of skills and tools in this months box!  Watch this months videos at:  http://www.myapocabox.com/april-2017-videos/

April 2017 List of Contents

Foraging  Bag

This durable, cotton canvas Foraging Bag will serve you well the next time you are out foraging for your favorite wild edibles. We even had the foresight to include a specialized internal pocket just for the amazing foraging knife included in this box! There are also other internal pockets for field guides, pens, pencils, highlighters, and even one for your cell phone. The velcro on the flap is the perfect place to put your new “FORAGER” leaf patch or any other velcro APOCABOX patches you may have received in your time as a subscriber. The wooden button and leather strap make for a secure, winding closure point for the bag.

Foraging  Knife

A custom pocket on the inside of your Foraging Bag this month is sized to fit this very unique Foraging Knife and the included leather sheath.  This full tang, wooden handled knife is designed specifically for foraging applications that include but are not limited to digging, prying, chopping, and cutting vines or rope.  It’s made from stainless steel and, unlike your survival knife, is designed to dig up roots and tubers in the muck and grime.  It has countless uses at camp as a trowel for digging fire pits, latrines, hot coal beds, earthen ovens, etc.

“FORAGER” Velcro  Leaf Patch

This realistic leaf “FORAGER” patch is the perfect addition to your new forager bag! Wear it with pride as you traverse the wild looking for your favorite plant and tree edibles.

Arbor  Day  Foundation  Tree  Guide

From the durable, water-resistant cover (which includes a ruler) to  it’s user-friendly, step-by-step approach, this field guide is definitely a keeper. This educational guide is a great, compact study on the 250 most common trees found in North America. Start to finish, this guide reveals everything you need to know in order to find sustenance, shelter, or satisfy other survival needs wherever you might be.

TREE   FINDER  GUIDE

This is a great companion guide and 2nd reference to the Arbor Day Foundation Tree Guide, which is also enclosed.  Utilizing two references is always a good idea for any wild foraging.  This is a guide to identifying native (and some widely introduced) trees of U.S. and Canada (mainly east of the Rocky Mountains), but it also includes varieties found all over the world. Organized as a dichotomous key, this book leads the user through a series of simple questions about the shape or appearance of different parts of a tree. Includes 161 species. Illustrated with line drawings. The small (6″ by 4″) format fits in a pocket or pack to take along on a hike.

POCKET  FIELD  GUIDE:  Survival Trees :  Vol  I

In this fully illustrated 4×6 pocket sized field guide, I detail countless resources that can be gleaned in a survival scenario from 8 of my favorite survival trees.  As a resource for food, water, shelter, fire, cordage, tools, containers and adhesives, it’s incredible what trees can provide.

This 70-page manual is the culmination of over 20 years of training and testing.  This book is not intended to be a tree identification guide.  Rather, it should act as a supplement to other guides on the subject, offering survival specific information and insight that typically is not covered (or even mentioned) in the average identification guide. I highlight survival skills and uses with photos, illustrations and even supplemental downloads for more detailed skills.  Prepare to see trees from a unique perspective rarely brought to the written page!

Each Pocket Field Guide is autographed as well!

Fruit  &  Nut  Grapple

This tool is inspired by a video I watched about the harvesting of Pine Nuts in the American Southwest by primitive cultures.  A long, hooked pole was used to pull down branches in order to pick pine cones and harvest the Pine Nuts inside.  I thought that a simple grapple would be a fantastic addition to any foraging kit.  The 3 hand-forged tines can be lashed together with paracord to form a traditional mini-grappling hook, or one of the hooks can be lashed to a long pole.  Paracord not included.  Watch this video for the tutorial about how to lash it together:  http://www.myapocabox.com/april-2017-videos/

Sprouting   Kit

This kit will make an extremely valuable addition to your survival skill-set. Essentially, this sprout kit gives you the ability to make a garden-on-the-go and can even be used as a long-term solution for integrating fresh vegetables into a survival diet if a garden isn’t an option. Follow the instructions, and you will be able to grow a delicious and nutritious assortment of sprouts that you will be able to carry with you (even in a Bug Out Bag). This compact kit will give you the ability to eat some clean and nutritious calories (within just a few days) and supplement packaged and processed long-term survival foods. Sprouts can be eaten raw, stir-fried or eaten in soups and stews.  Understanding the sprouting process is survival skill that everyone should master.  This kit allows you to learn the process in a very simple way.  Even wild grass seeds can be sprouted, such as Amaranth and Dock.  I store many pounds of seeds in my personal long-term food storage specifically for sprouting.  These include:  Black Turtle Beans, Navy bean, Red field peas (these are beans also), Lentils, Mung Beans and Alfalfa.  Understanding how to sprout opens up an entirely new realm of survival food options!

Chirps   Chips

Everything you need to know about a product is in the name, and Chirps Chips are no exception. These chips are specially made utilizing the incredibly nutritious, protein-packed and sustainable resource of cricket flour. With a guaranteed ratio of 1 whole criket per chip, this delicious snack will have you singing!

FORAGER  SKILLS  CHALLENGE

Bone Fishing Hook and Gorge Kit

Almost all primitive cultures were masters at fishing.  Their ingenuity and creativity using the most basic of natural materials to put food on the table is a marvel, to say the least.  I first saw this style of bone/wood fish hook in a museum while on vacation in Alaska.  I was enamored with its simplicity and artful design.  I have included the natural elements in this kit for you to make your own at home.  The kit includes materials to make a bone sliver fishing hook, as well as a bone sliver fishing gorge.  BE SURE TO WATCH the teaching video that I filmed exclusively for this skill at:

http://www.myapocabox.com/april-2017-videos/

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