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Sustainable & Safe Gathering Practices for Foraging Wild Edibles and Herbs
Forage, don't Plunder: Overharvesting plants is a serious issue, along with habitat loss and climate change. Anyone interested in foraging needs a deep regard for the future of native plants and consider this future when harvesting. A rule of thumb that I follow is for every 10 of a species, take only 1. Focus your foraging on abundant, widespread, and nonnative species. Seek out common yard/field weeds over rarer woodland weeds, etc. If a species is uncommon/rare or just uncommonly spotted around your area, don't harvest any.
1. Only Forage Abundant Plants with a Large, Widespread Population. Never harvest any plant without assessing its population and the pressures it might face. A plant may be abundant locally, but declining or disappearing from worldwide demand. United Plant Savers and other resources will let you know what species around you are endangered and at-risk.
2. Favor Harvesting Nonnative Plants. Nonnative or invasive plants have traveled from other lands to grow. They displace native species through competition and lack of pests/predators. These species are perfect for human foragers since we're not taking from local food webs! Whether a plant is native is one of the first things we should consider when choosing whether or not to harvest a plant.
3. Tend the Spaces in Between. If you're a gardener, you probably spend time dealing with wild weeds already. These wild weeds can be planned to peacefully live alongside your planted veggies and herbs, giving you more food and medicine in your garden. Cultivating weeds in the in between spaces of your gardens takes advantage of an abundant, healthy resource. You can also leave useful wild weeds that pop up naturally and utilize them before pulling them up for the compost pile.
4. Be a Steward. Don't forget you're interacting with living, breathing beings when you forage. Take only what you need, leave no trace, pick up litter on your way. If you're harvesting a native plant that you feel is abundant enough to harvest, be extra conscientious. If it's a plant with multiple stems, take only one stem from each plant. Spread your harvest over a large area. If you're harvesting roots, take only a portion and cut back the aboveground plant parts so the plant doesn't become stressed with a smaller root system. Harvest regeneratively.
5. Harvest in Areas You Know Are Clean and Herbicide Free. Sometimes you'll see a fabulous plant near a road or power line, but it's important to avoid harvesting from these areas because soil is usually contaminated. Harvest 30+ feet from the road and be aware of other sources of potential pollution. Urban organic farms and community gardens are other options.
6. Properly Identify Any Plant Before Harvesting. If you're in doubt, don't harvest it! Spend time learning plants of your region with photographs and written descriptions as well as the poisonous species in your region. Identifying plants requires looking at a combination of traits to differentiate your plant from others. USDA Plant Database to help with plant identification.
7. Legal and Neighborly Considerations. Sometimes foraging isn't legal. Obviously get permission if you're harvesting on private land, but federal and public lands have regulations and permits as well. Don't harvest anything you aren't 100% certain you're allowed to be harvesting. If you are in the U.S. you can often obtains permits to gather wild plants for personal use from the U.S. Forest Service.
Source: Foraging for Wild Edibles and Herbs: Sustainable and Safe Gathering Practices by Juliet Blankespoor