Foraging for beginners

Good ideas when foraging!
Learn to identify plants correctly and investigate all their uses. Many plants are not suitable for certain long term illnesses so make sure you check them out first.
Learn to identify the poisonous plants in your area. DO NOT EAT ANYTHING YOU CANNOT POSITIVELY IDENTIFY AND DEEM SAFE.

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When you think you know a plant, always cross reference to be 100 percent sure because there are many plants that are not edible that sneakily look like edible ones!
Ask the plant if it is OK for you to take some of her leaves, flowers or berries and always be thankful with your bounty and with Mother Nature for providing for us all.

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Some plants are listed on the endangered species list. Search the internet to find what these are for your area. Apart from being unethical, it is also illegal to pick endangered plant species. Instead of taking rare plants, consider sowing their seeds in the wild.
Only pick as much as you need, leave some for others and for nature and never take all the plants of any one kind in the same area. After harvesting an area give the plants plenty of time to recover before returning to the same place.

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Be very careful when it comes to harvesting roots. Remember that often harvesting roots means the death of the plant, so before you start digging ask yourself if this plant is really plentiful and if it can sustain a harvest of its roots. If in doubt, don’t collect.
I suggest you don’t pick in places that are full of pollution like main roads, industrial parks or heavy spraying of farm chemicals (pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers etc.).

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Plant seeds as a way of giving something back to the earth. Consider adopting a little wild patch local to you to plant in, great for wildlife and lovely to look at.
When you are out and about, always take litter home with you or put it in a bin.

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Be aware that foraging on private land is illegal and permission should be sort from the landowner before foraging. (This sometimes is harder than it seems, just be aware of what you are doing and on what land)
Teach others your foraging knowledge, if people ask what you are doing, tell them, knowledge is only useful if it’s shared.

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