Welcome to the Wild Foods and Medicines Free Resource Page
We hope this information supports you in building meaningful relationships with plants, local places, and community. Lessons are from the Tend, Gather and Grow curriculum, which focuses on native and naturalized plants of the Pacific Northwest region and includes Northwest Native knowledge, stories, and plant traditions.
We ask that anyone using our educational materials read the Tend, Gather and Grow Teacher Guide. This document explores the ethical harvest considerations and cultural foundations of this work, as well as teaching practices that enhance students’ interaction with the content. Thank you!
Tend Gather & Grow Resources
Cleavers is a seasoned traveler. Few plants have so effectively moved across continents, thriving where they land. Velcro like hairs on leaves and seeds make it perfectly adapted to hitching rides on fur and clothes. As medicine, cleavers assist our bodies internal movement by cooling inflammation and clearing obstacles, but inhibit the smooth flow of lymph, blood, and urine.
Salmonberry is an indicator of Spring. Bright pink flowers add a first splash of color to the forest after winter. Tender shoots are peeled and eaten as an energizing vegetable. The much-anticipated berries are the first of the season, and vary in color from orange to ruby-red to purple.
The river is cloaked in a thicket of willow. Protective branches reach out over the water, providing shade and shelter to birds, mammals, and fish. Deer graze on the delicate spring branches. Bees and other insects feast on willow pollen and nectar. When floods ravage the land, willow can take root and grow quickly, transforming barrenness into a place of abundance.
Youth Connection Toolkit
In our work with youth and with the broader community, we have found that the way that we do something—the process—is just as important as what we’re doing—the content. This document covers some of the core facilitation techniques that we use, as well as why we use them.