While ‘wildcrafted’ has too often been code for ‘pillaged from the wild’, we view it as a relationship, a way of working together with nature to increase the vitality and abundance of medicine and food, of life itself! The heart of sustainable wildcrafting is in living a day to day connection with the land, across the seasons, learning how to increase abundance through immersion and careful observation of nature over the years, decades and generations. For many thousands of years, humans thrived through intimate connections with the web of life around us, tending and cultivating the wild plants by which we lived. In this way, modern concepts of ‘wilderness’ are often somewhat fantastical.
Throughout our planet, much of our wildlands were carefully managed by the tribes of each region, including all of our ancient ancestors, in such a way that promoted the health and vigor of wild plant communities. Through careful cultivation, the diversity & range of medicinal plants could flourish & prosper. The modern cut it all down & then ‘hands-off’ and wait, or, plant a single species tree monoculture approach to restoring wild spaces will not get us anywhere towards recovering our once great, damaged biological communities. Instead, we’ve created new wildlands with depleted resources & overly thick, scraggly botanical landscapes rife with numerous harmful invasive species. While invasive warfare cultures have damaged the practices of earth-based cultures around the world beyond full recovery, we can at least get started through simple measures including harvesting roots only after seed is set, re-planting root crowns or divisions of every root that’s harvested, by removing invasive brushy growth from the forest, broadcasting leaf mulch from ravines back up the hillsides, planting fruitful native plants that were supposed to be there, with root networks that connect to fungal-mycelial soil builders, proper seasonal site burn maintenance and countless other methods, to begin healing the land itself.