This is wildcrafting.
Wildcrafting goes way beyond the simple concept of foraging. It is the respectful, responsible use of wild plants for food, crafts and as herbs. It involves care for the earth and emphasizes safety and ethics. It is based on an ancient tradition which involves passing knowledge from one person to the next in a spirit of community. I am a heritage wildcrafter. I began learning from my grandfather, Rheuben Green, as a small child and later continued my wildcrafting education with my mentor, Jackie Dill, of Oklahoma Wildcrafting. The knowledge of wild plants through my blog, classes and Facebook page is offered in the spirit of wildcrafting and with the hope you will use this knowledge to care for your family in a way which respects others and honors the earth. Many of the old ways have been lost and not everyone has a grandmother, a wise woman of the family, to teach them what respect means. I'm very lucky to have Jackie as my mentor and so I've asked her if I may share with you her guidelines for safety and ethics and she has given permission. The next two blog posts will be guest posts from her. Listen to the wisdom of the grandmothers.