What is wild crafting? It is simply the harvesting of plants that grow without being cultivated, plants that grow in the wild. Some of these plants are native to North America but many were brought here by colonial settlers from Europe.
I don’t have a lot of experience with this craft but I am keen to learn and lucky for me, Elisha has a lot of knowledge in this area. We will be producing a series of posts, many of which will include short videos so that you can learn from us and do some wild crafting of your own. If you live in a city, don’t be discouraged from trying this ancient craft. There are many green spaces where useful plants can be found and many of them are considered weeds, so there is no issue with over-harvesting. As we pick our way through the seasons, we will address issues of sustainability and safety.
Some of the plants you will learn about make good food, others good medicine and some both. Very often wild crafting can be done with young children. It is a wonderful way to experience the bountiful sustenance our Mother Earth provides for us. In this modern world it can be easy to forget that all we have has been freely provided for us. We have created the illusion that we ‘earn’ what we have. Wild crafting is a wonderful, tangible way we can remember that all that we have is a gift, unearned, and be grateful for the many gifts we enjoy.
I expect to add a video to this post on Saturday some come back soon to see it!