The alternate lifestyle of wildcrafting is something that few people have heard about.
In some areas, it’s a common occurrence for First Nations people to move nomadically to the wild places to collect mushrooms in season.
These are not the only ones to find the wildcrafting lifestyle to their liking.
In an anthropological sense, we’re all hunter gatherers at heart, with the urge to move and find adventure in far off places.
If you could make a living at it, wouldn’t that be great?
The typical things wildcrafters are looking for are those things that are seasonal in nature and ephemeral, such as mushrooms.
The need for communication with someone who is scouting for these items and can tell you when they’re at their peak is essential.
If you’re fortunate to be living a rustic lifestyle already, wildcrafting is simply another aspect of that.
Gleaning the products that nature conveniently provides and that the public requires, in the way of high end restaurants in urban areas can be a fairly lucrative and satisfying way of making a living.
Collecting fiddle head ferns, mushrooms, herbs and other natural foods growing wild especially for medicinal uses or as a delicacy are the perfect way to have some seasonal income, leaving you free for other pursuits for the rest of the seasons.
Whether you're collecting for your own use, gleaning medicinal plants or supplies for your kitchen, or gathering to sell them, wildcrafting supplements your larder or your income.
Craft supplies are also an important wildcrafting harvest.
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