Our local camas prairies were naturally formed about 14,000 years ago after glaciers retreated. Foods, including edible roots and berries, thrived in this open landscape. Eventually, this habitat would have disappeared as trees moved in and created forest. Plants that were dependent on sun and well-drained soil would have disappeared.Read More
Ah, to taste the first vibrant flavors of spring. My body sings as I devour tender violet leaves, sweet salmon berry flowers, the delicate new leaves of miners lettuce and chickweed. Many of my plant teachers have taught me that these first spring foods wake our bodies up after a winter diet.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.