Zuza Kurzawa

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  • in reply to: Foraging 17: Poisoning #174637
    Zuza Kurzawa
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    Hi Lynn,
    Thanks for yet another important lesson on safety.
    1. I did not have activated charcoal before, but I got some at Holland&Barret.
    2. Contact 112 immediately. Follow their advice and stay calm. If possible, save some of the plant for inspection by others. Before foraging, inform someone about your plans, in case of emergency this might be useful.

    in reply to: Foraging 12: Plant allies #173010
    Zuza Kurzawa
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    Recently I bought a home with a small garden. This garden needs a lot of love and work and I want to turn it into an edible garden one day. There were a lot of tiles that I got rid of already but there are also plants here. Some of them are nice and worth keeping (few), others grow poorly and can be removed without hard feelings. There is however this Arborvitae, it’s old and large and I really struggle to make peace with it. I read that especially during winter this plant is home to biodiversity, that many birds and insects find refuge in it in the cold and harsh climate. I really want to want to keep it, because I am only one being with one voice, and removing it would not be kind to its many inhabitants. So I pick this plant to be my plant ally, I pledge to observe it, listen to it and let it make me accept it the way it is.

    in reply to: Books #173009
    Zuza Kurzawa
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    I am currently listening to an audiobook by Robin Wall Kimmerer – ‘Braiding Sweetgrass’ and reading another book by the same author: ‘Gathering Moss’. Recently I finished another beautiful book ‘Het Wilde Noord’ (in Dutch) about wild nature in Amsterdam Noord. All beautiful books that I recommend to all of you here.

    in reply to: Midsummer 2023 Group #173008
    Zuza Kurzawa
    Participant

    Hi Mattea! My name is Zuza and I also live in Amsterdam. I already introduced myself in another thread, so I don’t want to repeat myself too much. I’m curious where do you live in Amsterdam? I live in Amsterdam Noord and these days I am often to be found in Twiske (where you say you go to as well), mostly just listening and watching and maybe soon to be foraging as well 🙂

    in reply to: Foraging 14: Light Harvesting #173004
    Zuza Kurzawa
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    For me that would be a lot! I am vegan and I try to limit my intake of processed foods. I find it hard to estimate, it also varies per season but during the warmer months I eat at least one big fresh salad per day and another warm meal prepared from fresh ingredients.
    So I think sourcing everything by foraging would just be too much. Also, I am really glad to source my veggies weekly from a local CSA where they add an occasional ‘weed’ that grew between the crops that they planted.

    Zuza Kurzawa
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    Hi everyone! My name is Zuza and I live in Amsterdam Noord (Tuindorp Oostzaan). I come from Poland where foraging is more common and legal, for example most people know about forest mushrooms and forage them yearly in fall. So, I’m aware that it isn’t fully legal in the Netherlands (amount limitations) but I also forage mushrooms in Dutch forests, certainly not in the same amounts I would do back in my homeland tho. For the plants, I didn’t grow up with this knowledge unfortunately, only knowing a few species but we never used them back home.

    I like to think of Amsterdam Noord to be more of a ‘natuurgebied’ than a ‘stadsdeel’, where the proportion of people to nature is a bit more in balance than in the rest of the city. I sometimes forage here some of the more commonly known species like elderflower, blackberries and wild garlic but I would love to learn more. In recent years I’ve seen nice initiatives in my area, for example a little foraging path someone setup in a green space near my home or an urban food forest in Noord Oogst. I also recently bought a home with a garden, I’m finishing renovating the home and now I would like to set up a small food forest of my own in the garden.

    Finding out that foraging plants in the Netherlands is illegal was a surprise to me! It’s not extremely popular but I see and hear about people doing it, so my feeling is that it’s like with most dutch rules – they are more treated like guidelines and are not really enforced by the state.

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