• Karen Tatiana

15 FORAGING ESSENTIALS YOU WILL NEED TO HARVEST WILD PLANTS.

Updated: Oct 5



Who doesn't enjoy quality time with nature?


Tall grasses and a soggy river bank swallowing you up.


Treading carefully as to not step on the at-risk Echinacea's.


Before you go, you will need your essentials.


Oh! We can't forget about the basic guidelines for harvesting wild plants.

Basic Ethical Guidelines: How to be a visitor to the plant community


Alright, are you ready to start packing?


We're starting right from the top!


1) YOUR HANDS!


"Just put your hands, some roots, and some seeds into the receptive earth and grow something"


-- The Herbal Medicine Maker's Handbook



Got em?


Perfect, now let's get to it.


Dress to protect.


You should always dress accordingly.




2) GUMBOOTS


3) GLOVES


4) JACKET


5) LONG PANTS


6) LONG-SLEEVED SHIRT


7) HAT


Protect every part of your body from bug bites, scrapes, water, and anything else you can imagine. I'd recommend researching the area where you will be foraging. This way you will be prepared for any possible run-ins.



Foraging consists of digging, cutting, whittling, scraping, and carrying your findings.


Your harvesting tools will include:




8) FELCO PRUNING SHEARS


9) POCKET KNIFE


10) PAPER BAGS (AVOID PLASTIC BAGS)


11) STURDY BASKET


12) WEEDING KNIFE OR A HORI-HORI


When it comes to your harvest tools invest in the best-quality tools you can afford. High-quality tools will last longer, especially if you take good care of them.



Tips on how to keep your tools in top shape:

  • Keep your blades sharp

  • Wipe your tools dry after use

  • Clean and oil them regularly

  • Store them in dry places with no direct sunlight

  • Don’t push your tools past their limits





13) WATER


You don't want to get caught without any water. 2 liters should be enough. Infuse your water with herbs and fruits.


Get creative with it!




14) A PLANT IDENTIFICATION BOOK


This book will be your best friend. Pick one that appeals to your style of learning.


Identification is important.


If you're not sure of the plant's identification, do not harvest.


You can consider this a safety measure. For you and the plant community.



15) A JOURNAL

Taking note of everything you see and experience will help you learn about the environment and the plants.


Here is the information you want to collect:

  • The names of the plant

  • The date

  • Where it was found

  • Time of day

  • Weather

Feel free to add to this list.


You can also record the drying and medicine making process. Measurements and all. It will be a great reference for the future.






Your foraging experience will be enjoyable with the help of these tools


But foraging is not only about tools. Consider reviewing the Basic Ethical Guidelines: How to be a visitor to the plant community. Practicing basic ethics will ensure the abundance of plants. Allowing you to come back year after year.





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Additional Helpful Resources:

VIDEO: Gear You Need While Foraging Wild Edibles

Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine: Essential Foraging Tools and Supplies

Herbal Academy: 7 Essential Tools for Botany

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