David Brynn’s Testimony to the Vermont House Committee on Natural Resources, Fish & Wildlife, March 9, 2021
EATING THE FOREST WITH ALI video series
Since Covid-19 changed our plans to offer periodic field trips to explore wild forest edibles in 2020, we created this series of videos with herbalist Ali Zimmer to offer virtual forays into the forest and learn how to respectfully harvest its wild bounty. Such a delight and privilege to tap into Ali’s wealth of plant wisdom.
Important Note:When heading into the forest with the intention to harvest wild plants for food, it’s extremely important to be both safe and respectful. Our videos below serve as introduction to some of the spring ephemerals of Vermont, some of which are edible and/or medicinal. Proper identification of plants is essential to your safety. Get the guidebooks and guidance you need in order to know for sure what you are harvesting and how to prepare it safely. Be sure to harvest in healthy forest habitats, far from roads, railways, and other sites that could be contaminated.
Know the ownership of the lands you’re exploring and whether or not foraging is permitted there. When foraging, always do so with the utmost respect for the natural community of life you’re in. Harvest very lightly, always with an eye for leaving the plant population as robust as you found it.
Caring For Our Home Grounds: A Commons Conservation Congress for Vermont’s Center-West Ecoregion, November 2019