Foraging is Good For People
- Excellent Nutrition
a. Wild plants grow where the conditions are Just Right, so they are packed with excellent nutrition
b. Wild plants don’t contain artificial dyes, preservatives or high fructose corn syrup.
2. We can make our own ‘medicine’.
a. Food is medicine, right? What we eat informs our bodies how to grow.
b. We can make salves, tinctures and healing syrups out of plants from our own backyard, suited to our own unique needs.
3. Foraging gets us outside
a. Hiking, kayaking, fresh air!
4. Learning botany skills for plant identification.
a. Continual learning is good for our brain health, helps us live longer and be more content with our life.
5. Foraging inevitably leads to other enjoyable activities….
a. Making cordage with plant fiber
b. Kayaking and canoeing
c. Weaving baskets with willow and other plant materials
Foraging is Good for the Planet
- We can help control Invasive Species by foraging them for food and medicine:
a. Watercress, garlic mustard, barberry, autumn olive, parsnip, and so many more!
2. We can help wild plants to propagate while we forage them:
a. Spitting out wild plum pits, spreading mushroom spores, dropping seed heads, etc
3. Regular harvesting keeps some plants more vigorous and hearty
a. Think about when you pick basil from the garden, how the plant responds by branching out even more
b. Wild plants like stinging nettle, wild mint, pineapple weed, etc also benefit from regular picking
4. When we find wild food that will continually return year after year, we will naturally want to take care of that plant and its habitat.
a. Of COURSE we will take care of the plants and their habitat, otherwise what happens isn’t ‘Foraging’, it’s ‘Pillaging’. Right?
5. Foraging reduces our carbon footprint – our food isn’t traveling 1000 miles in plastic packaging.