Ethical HarvestingEverywhere we look all the plants and trees are budding and fruiting with the abundance of summer. It is still amazing to me that the Pacific Northwest has so much to offer as far as food and medicine goes. This makes many new and old herbalist and product makers overjoyed with the fruitfulness at our fingertips. Although it may seem plentiful to us, we must remember to always only harvest what we need. Such a small amount of plant material goes a very long way. There are many plants that, because of their popularity, have become endangered to our communities, such as American Ginseng, White Sage and Palo Santo. We must understand that they plants will only survive if we utilize them sparingly. Some plants can take several years to come their full lushness. Here are 9 tips on Ethically Harvesting:
- Know and respect your plants.
- Know your state laws.
- Use the best harvesting method for each plants.
- Don’t over harvest.
- Know your plants and how to process them.
- Know your location.
- Harvest with intention.
- Leave no trace.
- Be one with nature and leave an offering.