Have you ever done any fall foraging? If you like to forage, you should know that fall is a great time to forage for wild food and herbs. It is such an enjoyable experience to get out there in nature and get free wild food and medicine. Last weekend I went to the mountains for a …
Foraging is a wonderful way to get FREE food and medicine for your family. After all, in ancient days, our ancestors were either hunters or gatherers. The gatherers sustained the group when the hunters didn’t have a successful harvest. And the gatherers probably had many more consistent harvests than the hunters!
I love to forage. Every time my family is out in the great outdoors, I’m looking at the plants around me. I’m taking pictures and doing research if I have internet. If I don’t have internet, I’ll take pictures and document anything that I can to identify the plant and find it again for future reference.
I have a plant identification app on my phone, Picture This. It’s so helpful in identifying new-to-me plants. And I also have a book that I reference often, called “Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in Wild (and Not So Wild) Places” by “Wildman” Steve Brill and Evelyn Dean. It’s a great book to learn how to identify, harvest, and use edible and medicinal plants.
I also do a lot of internet research. I like to break down one plant at a time, and learn as much as I can about it before I move on to the next. This has built my knowledge up over time.
I hope you’ll join us here to further your knowledge about the resources Mother Nature provides to us. We strive to be one of your best sources of information and learning.
Remember, proper identification of the plants you’re going to consume is of utmost importance. Don’t just rely on one source of information. Cross-reference many different resources to make sure you have proper identification.
Don’t be intimidated, though! Trust your gut and your resources. You can do this, we can help!
Start here for the foraging “rules” and guidelines.
Foraging is a life-long adventure. You will gain knowledge every step along the way. Enjoy the journey!
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Elderflowers are blooming right now in my area. Lucky me, I have an elderberry bush on my property! If you’re not familiar with elderberry, you are in for a treat. Elder has been used for several thousand years and is one of the oldest herbs cultivated by man. The flowers bloom from early spring to …
When I think about self reliance, I think about how I can learn to take care of myself and my loved ones in times of need. In desperate times, it may not be possible to have all of your food, medicines, and supplies with you at all times. It’s a great idea to learn how …