Free Resources

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

A Tend Gather and Grow Teacher Guide

Please read our teacher guide before using and accessing materials.Tend, Gather and Grow is a curriculum dedicated to educating people about wild plants, local landscapes, and the rich cultural traditions that surround them.

Plantain

Plantain is also called frog leaf and Indian band-aid plant. The leaves have long been used as a first aid remedy for sealing wounds and drawing out infections. Whether you are in an urban area, school yard, or neighborhood, plantain is often close at hand.

Dandelion

In springtime dandelion's sunny flowering faces appear all at once. These common "weeds" thrive in cracks in sidewalks, grassy lawns, well tended gardens, abandoned city lots and even mountain meadows. Dandelion is both a nutritious food and a powerful medicine.

Cleavers

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.

Red Alder

Alder builds strong community. Seeds fly in the wind and rain down on disturbed soils in the wake of fire, landslides, or clear cuts. As trees grow they enrich the soil and provide a shady habitat for many species to live.

Salmonberry

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.

Willow

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.

Yarrow

Yarrow is a medicine chest in itself. If you know how to use this one plant, you can help ease many health complaints, including stopping bleeding, fighting infection, reducing fevers, cooling inflammation, and promoting better circulation!

Additional Resources

Wild Food & Herbal Medicine Resources

A brief review of our favorite books, websites, courses, and groups for Western Washington.

Immune and Respiratory Herbs

A resource for tribal communities during COVID-19.

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.

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