You may never have the opportunity to grow, raise, forage, or catch your own food.  Simply understanding the food production process will give you a greater appreciation of food and may affect the choices you make when you purchase ingredients or order food at a restaurant.

Hopefully, the staff and volunteers of the Yale Farm and other Yale alumni involved with urban and commercial agriculture can help us develop this section.

In many communities there is a new interest in homesteading.  Many people are developing interest in cooking skills, because either they want to prepare the tastiest meals possible with the vegetables and fruit they grow in their gardens or they want to become less reliant on companies for their food.  Other people learn to grow basil and other herbs after they realize their recipes taste so much better with fresher ingredients.

How to Grow Food:

Including organic and sustainable practices.

1) Composting & Vermiposting
2) Herbs
3) Vegetables (including container gardening)
4) Fruit (including grapes and making wine)
5) Mushrooms
6) Greenhouses and Hoophouses
7) Hydroponics
8) Yale University Links

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How to Raise Animals for Food:

1) Raising Chickens (eg. for eggs)
2) Raising Ducks (eg. for eggs)
3) Raising Bees (eg. for pollination and honey)
4) Aquaponics (fish, such as tilapia)
5) Yale University Links

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How to Forage for Food:

1) Mushrooms
2) Chives

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How to Catch Food:

1) Fishing (salt water)
2) Crabs, Lobsters, Crayfish, Clams, & Mussels
3) Fishing (fresh water; including "catch and release")

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How to Preserve Food Using Canning and Fermentation-Pickling:

The "Home Canning" and the "Fermentation & Pickling" pages under the "Cooking 101: Basics" topics.


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