COLDEN , NY-A simple nature walk can provide us with so much. It brings peace to the soul, quiets the mind, and If done with knowledge and respect it can also supply sustenance for the body. The fields and forests around Western New York are already ripe with plants that can be harvested and made into a nutritious meal.
The first rule of foraging however, is to know what you are gathering. Eating the wrong plant can have serious consequences. Sandy Geffner of Earth Spirit Educational Services cautions." Just as these plants will feed us and heal us, they can also obviously hurt us. We have to be schooled properly, we have to take the time and energy and prepare ourselves for this kind of work."