Foraging Rules: the 4 Knows

When you start foraging, you want to be smart and safe! Here are my Foraging Rules. I call them my "4 Knows" - not no but as in "I know something."
1. Know the Plant - use atleast 3 sources. Be 100% certain of a plant before using it. Know the poisonous lookalikes if any.
2. Know the land - is it safe to pick from? Has it been sprayed? Plants draw nutrients from the soil so don't pick anywhere with heavy metals. Do you need to ask an owner? 
3. Know the ecosystem - You are part of a larger whole. Be respectful and leave some for others.
4. Know your purpose - Don't take more than you need and listen to your body.
These 4 rules are in my Foraging Journal available on amazon here along with sections to record plant profiles, recipes, calendar and even a foraging bucket list. 

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