I visited the Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary a few times this past fall. Norcross exists on traditional Nipmuc homelands and, as a Nipmuc woman, I possess the ancient right to forage there. Our women’s group also visited one day to gather cranberries and cedar.
During my visits, I gathered medicinal plants to be added to teas and salves. I also gathered cedar for ceremonial use. I was especially interested in hawthorn berries (I have issues with high blood pressure.) I returned twice because the berries were not ripe enough.
We picked cranberries from a soggy bog with our Elders and children.
Some Foraging Tips
- Please don’t harvest more than 10% of a plant in an area.
- Only take what you can use or process.
- Use appropriate and practical tools like sharp cutters, trowel, digging fork, and gloves.
- Dress appropriately for the weather and insects.
- Bring water and a compass.
- Try to not forage alone.
And some casual photos of some plant friends –
And how magnificent is this view?
I hope to tarry for a spell in this magical place at least once each season.