Wild Arkansas

June 12, 2012

Wild Arkansas — we’re done here.

Filed under: Uncategorized — WildArkansas @ 8:32 pm

The Wild Arkansas blog is finished. Though I regret having to leave it behind, I no longer have the time to spend on it.

I’m leaving the blog up for informational purposes only, but will no longer answer requests for walks or classes.

Thanks to everyone who has participated in one way or another.

If you would like to see what I’m doing these days, visit http://broke-artist.com/


Carla R. Herrera


January 2, 2012

2011 in review

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — WildArkansas @ 7:06 pm

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 21,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

October 18, 2011

FDA says you don’t need to know what you eat

Filed under: Uncategorized — WildArkansas @ 2:47 am

This is a re-post of an old quote from Michael Pollan, but it really is relevant today. Every day we ignore what’s going on with our food system is another day Monsanto and their counterparts gain more control over it.

Vote with your shopping habits.

” Though Americans have already begun to eat genetically engineered potatoes, corn and soybeans, industry research confirms what my own informal surveys suggest: hardly any of us knows it. The reason is not hard to find. The biotech industry, with the concurrence of the Food and Drug Administration, has decided we don’t need to know it…”

From Michael Pollan’s article, Playing God in the Garden, NY Times Magazine

October 7, 2011

Disappointing Maitake hunt

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We have been hunting for the past two days and still have not found maitake or chicken of the woods.

This is a first in the past four years. I always find maitake.

The forested areas we’ve been hunting in are quite dry, probably because we’ve had such little rain in the past few months.

Nevertheless, we’re going to keep looking.

If you happen to find maitake or chicken of the woods in this area (Siloam Springs) please send photos to us. Boast and let us know how much you have found…

Is it an egg?

An amazing find during today’s forage; the nest egg gourd aka curcurbita pepo var. ovifera.

The plants took up an amazing amount of space right in the middle of the forest. We gathered several of the “eggs” and brought them home for research and to show others the incredible find.

October 3, 2011

Autumn Picks

Filed under: Uncategorized — WildArkansas @ 5:52 pm

My first video. It’s set to music, showing some of the local autumn diversity. Edible plants, herbs and nuts. Very short.

January 4, 2011

Bird & fish kills in NW Arkansas

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Mysterious bird and fish kills in NW Arkansas appear to be a mystery to most authorities–at the moment.

The estimated five-thousand birds appear to have died New Year’s eve (in a one mile radius of Beebee) just before midnight and though some have embarrassingly suggested fireworks or weather as a stressor causing the mass night flight of (non-predatory) birds that are not nocturnal, that does not explain the massive trauma and blood clots suffered by the birds just before they dropped to the ground dead. (more…)

January 2, 2011

2010 in review

Filed under: Uncategorized — WildArkansas @ 9:08 pm

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meterâ„¢ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 12,000 times in 2010. That’s about 29 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 35 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 93 posts. There were 48 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 9mb. That’s about 4 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was October 26th with 109 views. The most popular post that day was Downloads.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were en.wordpress.com, fayar.craigslist.org, flickr.com, statistics.bestproceed.com, and search.aol.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for leaf identification chart, epazote, chestnut, edible plants in arkansas, and rumex acetosa.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Downloads December 2008


Re-post: Toxic Plants in NW Arkansas February 2009


Wild Arkansas: Pine Needle Tea November 2008


Arkansas is Full of Nuts! September 2008


Wild Arkansas: Sassafras–the underdog October 2008

November 13, 2010

What’s out there/Email notifications

Filed under: Uncategorized — WildArkansas @ 9:48 pm

duck potato

Though we go through the change of season every year, I still find it difficult to accept everything dying back and that the more succulent edibles unavailable until late February or early March.

For the more intrepid forager, braving cold water and harvesting cat tail root and wapato is worth the effort. Both can be eaten raw, but are best cooked.

Still, for the rest of the season you can also dig chicory and dandelion root. Right now sugar content is high in the root stock, so both can be eaten raw or dried and ground into coffee substitutes.

All Wild Arkansas walks are cancelled until late February or early March; or better said, until we see some new growth.

Next year, we will explore the Ozark National Forest. If you would like to participate in the first walks, send an email requesting an add to our notification list.

Our email address has changed to wildarkansas1 at yahoo dot com. If you are using the old address please change this.

October 6, 2010

fresh veggies anyone?

Filed under: Uncategorized — WildArkansas @ 12:37 pm

Article at Yahoo!

1. Not Much Difference Between Fresh and Frozen
The Federal Food and Drug Administration has already announced that there is virtually no difference in nutritional content between fresh and frozen vegetables. For most brands, the vegetables are picked fresh, cleaned and cooked very slightly before they are placed in an airtight package and frozen…

Comparing fresh and frozen veggies

September 23, 2010

New Member to Wild Arkansas Blog

Filed under: Uncategorized — WildArkansas @ 1:24 am

Recipes and wild food preparation by Gloria Conway

Coming Soon!

Gloria has been experimenting with different foods for most of her adult life. Though she has not yet been to Chef Ramsey’s (her idol) Hell’s Kitchen, she is quite capable of dishing up some incredible concoctions given a bit of time and a few ingredients.

In Gloria’s Kitchen you will find recipes, experiment highlights and a bit of discussion on the palatability of wild foods.

Questions, comments and suggestions along with other recipes are encouraged.

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