As the buds of the camellia bush outside of my bedroom window reveal her pink petals of longed for summer sunsets and Easter egg hunts, I know that spring is coming. It is time for my body to awaken and be all that it is capable of. This week I will begin scouting the land around me to see where I will find an abundant nettle patch, salmon berry shoots, big leaf maple trees, violets, and other delicious, free, nutrient rich foods that connect me to this place I call home.
Spring brings us what our body subconsciously craves: nutrient dense foods to make-up for the long, dark seasons with limited fresh foods. In Olympia we are blessed to have access to lush forests, where we are able forage for traditional, wild foods that the Earth provides for us and that our body especially craves in early spring. Not all cities have this privilege. The Earth provides us with nutrient-dense foods, that cost nothing more than time and careful harvesting, and we take these foods for granted. Or do we? It is not required, I would even say it’s not “normal” to teach younger generations about the food that the land provides us.
Essentially, we are uneducated, but that is something we can change together as a community. This spring, discover what wild, traditional foods are all around you, and pass along the wisdom and feeling of connection to our place.