As I stand in the forest under a cathedral of Douglas fir and gentle arches of Big Leaf Maple, I am bathed in autumn light. It is a long light full of deep shadows. Hues of gold, red and brown glow against the dark green of sword fern and Oregon grape. The air seems clearer...Read More
No tree is more symbolic of the Pacific Northwest than Western Red Cedar. No wonder that it is called Mother and Long Life Maker among Salish People, for it has provided clothing, tools, shelter, canoes, medicine and many other things that contributed to a rich culture. Cedar...Read More
Elise Krohn is passionate about her relationship with plants. As an herbalist and native foods specialist she empowers others in gathering and using wild foods and medicines. Her 17 years of experience includes medicine making, clinical practice, developing tribal community gardens, creating curricula and teaching.
There are many incredible resources out there. This is my own list of favorites that have helped me to dive deeper. I do not believe that you need to know a lot of plants or own piles of books to be a great forager and medicine maker. In-depth knowledge comes from hands-on experience – watching and using plants from season to season and year to year.
When I go outside to gather my own food and medicine I am in my element. I am taking in the gifts of my place. It is also a time to give back by tending the plants that sustain me and many other species. Gathering is a basic human act, one we have engaged in for thousands of years, and one that is largely forgotten in our modern world.