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.

field guides
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.

what is witch hazel for
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
Herbs
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
Herbs
Barbi Gardiner

Goldenrod Tea: The Magic of a Joyful Ritual

In a world where we often find ourselves feeling overwhelmed or stressed, it’s important to take time for joy. Goldenrod tea is the perfect way to do this because of its uplifting qualities and sunny yellow color that makes us feel happy just looking at it. Learn how and why you should brew some of this liquid joy today!

wild harvesting
Herbs
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.

wild black raspberry jam
recipes
Barbi Gardiner

Small Batch Wild Black Raspberry Jam Recipe

This recipe for small batch wild black raspberry jam is my favorite because it only has three ingredients and no pectin.  All you need are raspberries, granulated white sugar, and lemon juice. 

trout lily uses
Herbs
Barbi Gardiner

Yellow Trout Lily Uses, Identification, and Habitat

Believe it or not, there are many yellow trout lily uses. From being an ancestral food source to having many medicinal properties. This is a little talked about plant that In my opinion deserves more attention.

foraging for ramps
Herbs
Barbi Gardiner

The Ultimate Guide to Foraging for Ramps

One of the first things I look forward to in early spring is foraging for ramps. They’re nutritious, delicious , and versatile as to its culinary uses.

The Outdoor Apothecary

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