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...Read More
The cottonwood buds are beginning to swell! As the first days of spring warm resin inside leaf buds, they fill the air with an earthy sweet aroma. It always reminds me growing up on the Columbia River. I loved watching the bees busily gather tiny drops of resin. They use it...Read More
Spring is peeking around the corner. As I walk through my neighborhood I notice the golden catkins of hazelnut cascading down. You have to get up close and personal to see the tiny ruby-red flowers along the stem – but it is worth the search. They are gorgeous. Later,...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.