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It is Lughnasad (“Loo-nah-sah”) as I write this, the old Celtic festival of the first fruits of the harvest that takes place during the first two weeks of August. In Christian times the feast was renamed “Lammas” or “Loaf-Mass” when everyone brought the first loaf of bread made from the year’s new grain to church to be placed on the altar and blessed.

I am an herbalist and a Druid and I live in an oak forest in New England. There is very little light here for growing things so I mostly rely on wild-crafted roots, barks, leaves, flowers and berries. Every season brings its own moment of opportunity and late summer is an especially rich time to harvest from nature.

Here are a few cautions that I follow before I pick; “Walk by the first seven, leave the eighth for the animals, and you may take the ninth” is an old Native American saying. Always leave enough plants behind to feed the wild creatures and to make seed for next year’s crop. “Gather 1000 feet from a roadway”; brake linings, car exhaust and other pollutants abound near roadsides. “Act fast, because Nature doesn’t wait”; there is usually just a short window of opportunity for gathering from the wild. “Know your herbs”; be sure you have a good guide or a live teacher to point things out to you, and never pick endangered species in the wild.

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  • leila
    leila says #
    Yep, took that into consideration. They are only being moved a few miles from their original home and being planted in similar con
  • leila
    leila says #
    Does anyone out there have recipes for devils claw pickles or relish?
  • leila
    leila says #
    If there are enough plants to not do damage , I dig up a few of the smallest ones and transplant them into my yard. Just brought h

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