Greetings, friends! And welcome to another Friday edition of From the Farm, where you can find a plethora of farming, do-it-yourself, and self-sufficiency related posts in one, easy to find place. And while you’re here, you even get to learn about the benefits of
foraging for wild foods!
Top 10 Benefits of Wild Foods:
1. Wild foods are free. The only cost involved is your time, and perhaps a little gas if foraging away from your home or property.
2. Foods in the wild are pesticide free. As long as you are gathering your foods from areas that are not sprayed with pesticides (roadsides, city parts, chemical laden lawn), your wild edibles will be organic.
3. You get a workout when looking for wild foods. Foraging requires movement; there is no sitting still or being lazy when gathering wild foods. If you don’t make an effort, you don’t eat!
4. Foraging is a productive hobby. Searching out and identifying foods in the wild can quickly become a fun past time. When time and effort is put in, foraging is a rewarding and productive past time.
5. Foraging exposes you to fresh air. Instead of walking through grocery store isles to find your food, foraging requires you to “get out there.” Whether in the city or country, you will have to step outside to find your foods.
6. Less fuel is used when foraging. Instead of purchasing foods that have been transported from different states or even countries, when foraging for food, there is no fuel or transport cost involved (outside of any fuel you personally use to travel to and from locations).
7. Foraging stimulates the mind. When you’re out looking for foods, you’re forced to use your brain to identify your finds. Over time, you will learn more and more.
8. Foraging for edibles will pay off in a survival situation. If you found yourself hurt or lost in the woods, a knowledge of wild foods can be the difference life and death.
9. Foraging in the wild gives you free medicine. Lots of wild foods have medicinal properties. In addition to finding a new food source, you might be able to add to your medicine cabinet too.
10. Wild foods are fresh! When you pick your own food, it is fresher than any store bought produce item you will find.