Harvest with Honour

  1. Do you need it?  Harvest with a purpose or plan in mind, not just for the fun of it.
  2. Harvest only as much as you will use and use it as soon as possible (don’t waste it).
  3. 1 in 20 rule.  It is ok to harvest a plant if there are 20 others available to maintain the population.
  4. Leave Grandmother.  Allow the biggest and best plants to remain so they can continue to propagate the healthiest population.
  5. Leave damaged plants and consider the wildlife.  Select quality material for your food and medicine.  If a creature makes its home there, choose another.  If harvesting flowers, leave at least 2/3 for pollinators.  Remember that squirrels and birds need nuts, too, and honour that…
  6. Harvest with a caretaker attitude so the plant or tree or patch or forest can continue to survive and thrive.
  7. Avoid polluted areas.
  8. Make sure you have permission from the land owner(s) and abide by the law.
  9. Offer appreciation and bring positive energy to your harvest.
  10. Never put anything in your mouth unless you are 100% sure it is safe to ingest.
  11. Even though you might have identified a plant with 150% certainty, until you eat a small sample of it, you do not know how your body will react. This isn’t scare mongering. It’s just a fact that some people have very negative reactions to certain food stuffs due to an allergy or some such. You won’t know if you have an allergy to a plant until you try it. Even if you have no history of food allergies or sensitivities. This is why you must not start out consuming large amounts of a specific plant until you know how your body reacts.
  12. SOME PLANTS YOU SHOULD NEVER EAT RAW. DO YOUR RESEARCH!  e.g. Hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium), Lesser celandine (Ficaria verna) etc.

 

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