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Eating from the Earth
An ancient approach to good health
Foraging is the act of collecting wild food and it is nothing new to mankind. In fact, homosapiens have been foraging far longer then we’ve been hunting. Mother Earth has always provided an abundance of edible plants, root, berries, nuts and seeds.
Today foraging has made a comeback as more and more people gain an interest in health, survival and nature in general. This is an excellent way to enjoy the outdoors, learn your local environment and eat straight from the earth. Foraging for food and gathering wild medicine is certainly a rewarding experience for people of all ages.
It starts with learning your local environment
To participate in this age old practice you must have basic knowledge of your local environment. Chances are, the plants you see daily walking to your home or office, are probably edible and medicinal.
Many common weeds are some of the most beneficial plants on the planet, and dandelion is a great example. As one of the best herbs for your heart, dandelion can help kidney and liver function, skin health and much more. Best of all, the leaves of dandelion are edible, highly nutritious and delicious!
Although most common weeds are easy to identify, proper identification is vital to your safety. There are many plants that are not safe for consumption, and it’s possible they look similar to a plant that is. Mushrooms are especially dangerous and more than six people a year die from mushroom poisoning.
Learning how safely to identify plants and mushrooms, is the first is the first step to becoming a successful forager.
Come and discover edible plants of the Mid-Atlantic during our local Foraging Walks, which are held May through September. Sign up for our newsletter and stay updated on walk schedules and locations. Online classes are also available periodically. Click to view upcoming events.
In the past, the concept of health and healing revolved around the natural world. Plants, mushrooms, minerals and even metals, all played a part in human health. Come discover the magic this ancient practice has to offer through our in person and online workshops. Visit here to view our schedule.
Need More information?
Is foraging safe?
Yes! Once you are familiar with your local terrain and learn to safely identify the plants.
Is wild food good for you?
Absolutely, and in fact, most wild plants and mushrooms are greater in nutritional value than cultivated ones.
Is it hard to learn foraging?
Every individual is different at which the pace they learn, and I feel it’s safe to say that every forager continues to learn throughout their lifetime.
How do I use foraged foods?
Use in any way you like! Many wild foods can be incorporated or used in place of store bought ingredients.
How do I learn more?
Practice makes perfect as well as self study. Visit our blog to learn more!