We’ve talked a lot about hunting recently.  The hunting part of hunting and gathering always steals all the glory — the thrill of the pursuit, the danger, and of course, the killing.  Men have a tendency to forget about the gathering — less thrilling perhaps, but no less important.  (Plus, there’s plenty of death and killing if you eat the wrong plant, or use plant poisons as weapons.)  So let’s do some gathering.

I love these old pictures of me in my aunt’s garden in Michigan.  Notice the date stamp: October, 1988.  I’m five years old.  On the left, I am wearing the most kick-ass t-shirt sporting some Emperor penguins.  Pointing down, like "Look, these radishes came from down in the ground!"  On the right, the bunches of carrots are bigger than I am.


I have the good fortune to have some rooftop space at my apartment in Manhattan.  Last summer, we set up a rooftop garden.  Automatic sprinklers and everything.  But right now it’s a total mess.  Here are a few photos from last year.  Not everything we grew was "perfectly paleo", but hell, we grew it ourselves and that’s saying a lot for four dudes living in Manhattan.



7 Responses to “Putting the “gather” back in hunter-gatherer”

  1. John says:

    And yes, I know that gardening isn’t the same thing as gathering in the wild!

    • Chris Frank says:

      You should check out foragesf.com next time you’re in San Francisco.  Had a great dinner with them.  Everything was made from locally foraged foods, plus a wild boar and locally caught fish.  It was a good time even if I did have to hang out with a bunch of shoeless hippies.

  2. John Nelson says:

     Ask me anything that grew back then is paleo. Man started cooking and even boiling long before we had kitchens. Cavemen would boil in bags made from animal skin. This would still exclude corn, rice and most grains as what you find in the stores now are nothing like the natural grasses that man would have ignored thousands of years ago. So I eat up beans, and tomatoes, and roots.

  3. Chris J. says:

    Why Auto Sprinklers? Just do morning and/ or night. I’ve heard watering during the day boils up the plants in the sun. But if it was auto-for convenience, sounds pretty cool!

    • John says:

      Yes, convenience. Dudes in Manhattan, remember?

      We had a timer and set it to water only in morning and evening for 15 minutes or so.

  4. Nate Lowrie says:

     My favorite gardening book is square foot gardening by Mel Bartholomew.  The techniques in the book apply to your roof top garden and he covers rooftop and window sill vegetable growing in some detail.  Well worth the money.

  5. Alishahndra says:

    I heard about another person’s take on rooftop gardening in NYC and I figured that I would share: http://www.thetakeaway.org/2010/may/19/new-york-city-farmer-tells-his-story-food-and-disaster/.

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