Ethical Harvesting of Wild Foods

Marjoram Herb

In light of crops trying to adapt to ever-changing climate patterns, and so many extreme weather patterns of late, I have wondered what food cultivation and water supplies will look like over the next number of years. Actually, I’ve wondered this for a couple decades and built a healthy library on the topic, but didn’t have the correct landscape to grow our own food till recently.

Just because one has land doesn’t always mean the soil is healthy, or that water will always be affordable or available, so being flexible and creative is very important. While megalithic corporations are buying up farmland like crazy with who knows what as their next agenda I take heart knowing that wild food grows all around and often has deep tap roots accessing minerals that much of our commercial food (even organic) is missing.

One of my permaculture mentors, Dana O’Driscoll, has written a much more in-depth view of this situation. Below is a little excerpt to invite you in and think about how you would celebrate (and forage) at this time of second harvest! 🙂

Dana says, “One way of cultivating receptivity and honor the harvest is to take up a wild food foraging practice and take a day to go out and seek out wild foods. Wild foods can be found in all settings, from urban to wilderness, and its just a matter of time and building your knowledge. See if you can find enough for to create at least part of a meal. This time of year in Eastern North America, they are particularly abundant–you can find wild apples, hardwood nuts (hickories, chestnuts, butternut, walnuts, hazelnuts, acorns);fall greens (usually there is a second harvest of greens like dandelion); grain harvests (wild amaranth, lambs quarters, or yellow dock); and fall mushrooms (Hen of the Woods, late Chicken of the Woods, Honey Mushrooms, etc). Building an ethical foraging practice and bringing some of this into your regular practice allows for not only a deep knowledge and reverence of nature, but also a way to align with ancient human ancestors and cultivate receptivity.”With any wild food foraging practice, I want to stress the importance of ethical harvest. Offer gratitude and respect to what you are harvesting, seek permission, and monitor wild food populations.”

Nature Mandala image credit: theDruids

#, # permaculture, # ethcial foraging, # climate change, # cultivate receptivity

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