My name is Ted Manzer and I teach Agriculture at Northeastern High School in Elizabeth City North Carolina.  I also write a weekly nature/foraging column for the Daily Advance (dailyadvance.com) newspaper.  I also publish in the Perquimans Weekly and the Bertie Ledger-Advance as well.  I have written several christian nature/adventure novels I haven’t published yet.  Most incorporate foraging information similar to these articles.  My favorite is a four book family saga of a series I call Forgotten Virtues.  The first book, Lost Childhood,  shows a young boy come of age after losing his father in a plane wreck.  The second  one, Second Chances, begins as Carl graduates from high school and runs until his tragic death at age 59.  The third entry, Promises Kept, follows his grandchildren as they adjust to life after losing their grandfather.  The final book, Grandfather’s Way, follows the youngest and least aggressive grandchild, Kim.  Once out from the shadow of her overachieving family she accomplishes more in a few months than most people do in a lifetime.

24 Responses to About

  1. Hi, Ted…I love what you’re doing here!
    I’ve always been interested in foraging, and it’s good to see a knowledgable authority blogging about it.

    • tedmanzer says:

      Thank You! I enjoy playing around with recipes and other uses. So much is out there that most people never think to utilize. It’s satisfying to show people what can be done with Natures Rewards.


  2. The Forager says:

    Thanks Ted, a man after my own heart. Great to see what morsels are out there on the other side of the globe. And how many are ubiquitous wherever Europeans have turned the dirt.

  3. I hope you WILL publish your books! Especially the first one sounds like something I would have eaten up as a teenager. Especially if it had real live foraging information!

  4. thaddeus english says:

    Hello Mr. Manzer…do you answer specific questions here… I have a few about fruit trees

  5. Don says:

    Hello, Ted. Read you in the Daily Advance. Great stuff. I live in Elizabeth City, and notice an infestation of bagworms on my Junipers. You might want to consider writing an article about these pests. If I have them….I’m sure I’m not alone. Thanks.

  6. Don says:

    I’ll be looking forward to your article. I think it will help a lot of people…who….like me…..had no idea that those “ornamental-looking” hangings were in fact potential tree killers. Thanks for the reply.

  7. Noah Cartwright says:

    Hey t-manz

  8. Doug Lane says:

    Ted,….I plan to build a greenhouse. Can we chat via email?

  9. Kathy says:

    Finally found someone who may be able to help me.This is my first time doing pickles, Hubs (over) planted the pickling cukes. I have some overripe? pickling cucumbers, about 5-6 inches long and are yellow. I read the article about your Mom/Grandmother putting up the yellow ones, Question: Do you water bath them after you put them in the jars? and for how long? Thank you in advance.

    • tedmanzer says:

      It’s not necessary, but a 10-15 minute water bath is fine, especially if some don’t seal.

      • Kathy says:

        Thank you Ted,
        I have put up 7 qts of dills, 4 qts of sweet chunks and 5 (and counting) pints of Polish Dills so far. I used up the “overripe” ones to do the sweet chunks.Just wanted to thank you again for your advice.

  10. Deb says:

    I read your comments concerning artic or ground cover raspberries. As a nursery owner I usually only grow and sell Michigan native plants. I had a customer request the artic raspberries and I could purchase them for resale from Hartmanns plant company in Michigan. However, I am concerned about introducing a species that could create problems. Why do you think it will not spread vegetatively ? Thank you for your time.

    • tedmanzer says:

      It might be more of a problem in Michigan, since the cooler temperatures would stress the plants less. In North Carolina high summer temperatures along with high humidity slow the growth of spreading vines. Ajuga is a terribly invasive ground cover in northern states, but in the south, hot summer weather melts it out and it is actually hard to propagate then.

  11. Michael Workman says:

    Ted, I used to live in WV and ate ground cherries as a kid, I would like to grow some here in NC for my grandkids. Do u know where I can get seeds? I can’t find a source for the native plant. Thanks

    • tedmanzer says:

      I don’t know anyone who sells them, but it wouldn’t be hard to forage some. It’s pretty common. I come across it all the time. They germinate in about 10 days.

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