The Olympic Mountains of the Pacific Northwest contain many medicinal, nutritional and spiritual plants that can promote a deeper connection with Nature and the surrounding environment. Wildcrafting (also known as foraging) is a term for the age-old practice of collecting plant materials in their natural habitat for food, medicine, and craft. Originally, this was the first and only "grocery store, medicine chest and hardware store" available to humankind.
People today continue to provide for their families by harvesting such things as moss, ginseng and other medicinals, natural dyes, mushrooms, wildflower seeds, berries, landscaping plants (and stones), and saps such as maple or pine. Opportunities for wildcrafting are not just found in the countryside. There are “wild” places in cities and in one’s own backyard. Many landscaping plants and trees have fruit that goes to waste every year. Nettles, mullein and clematis are a few examples. In your own yard or in your neighborhood may be native persimmons, walnuts, blackberries, dandelions and wild roses.