Before I begin, let me start with a short introduction. My name is Taj Wright. I grew up in the foothills of the Brushy Mountains in a small town called Love Valley. My father was an avid outdoors-man and took me backpacking since I was only 7 months old. Most of my childhood was spent in the woods backpacking, fishing and rock climbing. I’ve backpacked and hiked all the major trails and parks in North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and Virginia, the Grand Tetons, Mount Shasta and several hundred miles of the Appalachian Trail.
Growing up my father taught me how to live off the land and how to identify edible wild plants and mushrooms, as well as medicinal plants. He also taught me how to build a fire from what is available, how to purify water, and to love and respect mother nature and all of the critters that dwell in the woods.
Later in life, when times were tough, I used the skills to feed myself and my family. I’ve never been truly hungry, nor have I ever been scared or worried while in the woods (at least not about food, water or shelter). I don’t consider myself a prepper or a survivalist, I call what I do primitive living. In my opinion, survival is a temporary thing, staying alive until help arrives. Primitive living is what our ancestors did, Native Americans and indigenous people around the world. It’s using what’s around you and found in nature, to live and thrive.
Mother nature is a fully stocked supermarket, you just need to look. Our yards are full of food, better for you and more nutritious than anything in the store. Instead of spraying your weeds with weed killer, start harvesting and using them. Dandelion is one of the most nutritious things you can eat, along with amaranth, plantain and chick weed. Just remember the rule of three. Three minutes without oxygen, three days without water, and three weeks without food, that’s how long most people will live, Oh, and always carry a knife or multi-tool!