Foraging and Wildcrafting

Foraging and wildcrafting means using what nature gives us – Wild plants are abundant, flourishing in fields, meadows, woodlands, the seaside, and in your own backyard!

These plants teach us about healing and nourish those who have a calling to walk the green path. Learn how to safely and positively identify wild edible herbs and plants and how to use them. 

Here you’ll learn about wild plants that can be used for food and medicine. I will share my favorite wild edible food foraging recipes made from wild “weeds” and plants that grow in our backyard gardens and in forested areas. You’ll learn how to make delicious edible, medicinal, and healthy recipes with what grows naturally around us.

Barbi Gardiner

The Magic of Mugwort, the Mother of Herbs

Mugwort is magical and mysterious. It has a long history of traditional use as a medical herb, cure-all, and culinary flavoring. Mugwort will boost your health and healing potential.

Barbi Gardiner

14 Amazing Edible and Medicinal Plants to Forage in the Spring

This list of what to forage in spring will help you get started on your spring foraging adventure! You may find yourself picking up a few new tricks of the trade or even discovering a new favorite seasonal vegetable or medicinal herb.

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Connect with Nature
Barbi Gardiner

28+ Best Field Guides & Plant Identification Books

Today I want to share a list of my favorite field guides on plant identification as well as some useful tips on using field guides and other resources to identify different species.

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DIY Skills
Barbi Gardiner

What is Witch Hazel For? Make Your Own Useful Extract

In this blog post, we will answer the question what is witch hazel for as well as other questions about this valuable herb.  We will explore what this herb is, what it does, how to use it, and even how to make your own witch hazel extract. 

autumn olive berries
Barbi Gardiner

Autumn Olive Berries: An Amazing Superfood

Autumn olive berries are a magical fruit that can be found in the fall months. These berries have been used to make teas and jellies, and fruit leathers, but they also serve as an herb for maintaining overall health. In this blog post, we’ll talk about identifying, harvesting, and enjoying the many benefits of Autumn Olive Berries.

goldenrod tea
Barbi Gardiner

Goldenrod Tea: The Magic of a Joyful Ritual

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wild harvesting
Barbi Gardiner

Wild Harvesting – 5 Easy to Find Fall Edibles

This blog post will guide you through the process of wild harvesting in the fall. This season is typically when many plants that are edible go into dormancy, but it’s important to know that there are still many edible and medicinal plants that can be harvested now. We’ll also discuss what tools to bring with you when out on a harvest.

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