Foraging with your family remains a popular pastime and even part of life for many, with the current rise in foraging trends it’s important to understand to respect nature, the by laws, rights to roam and how to best prepare your new- found harvest all very important aspects of foraging. Whilst the internet is an endless supply of data there are however some things you simply cannot learn unless you’re in the field (excuse the pun) and literally getting your hands dirty.
There are hundreds of foraging sites who promise to teach you to foray and I am sure you will find one that meets you needs but before you sign up to a download or interactive service that promises to teach you about nature. Stop and think about what you want to learn, why you want to learn it and I hope you will come to understand that foraging is not about spending money, we can do that anywhere! Foraging is about a connection, finding a balance between our busy daily lives and the natural world.
If all you want to do is fill your freezer, larder, pantry, cupboard space with row’s of homemade jellies and preserves then I suggest you buy them from someone local who forages on a regular basis because foraging is a way of life, a slight adjustment in our thinking that enables us to appreciate our natural world.
If you are looking to embrace nature, improve your health, interact with your family and friends and offer a grounded informative alternative for your children and their children’s, children then foraging may just enrich your lives beyond comprehension. 6 Reasons to Forage with your Family 1. You get to enjoy your natural surroundings together. 2. Add enrichment to your family’s lives with a whole range of food types that are rich in essential vitamins and minerals.
3. Helps you keep fit, active and alert, you will learn to view nature differently through a fresh pair of eyes.
4. Un-wind, de-stressing from our busy daily lives.
5. Saves you money
6. Teaches your children to value nature in all its forms.
Taking just a few hours off your busy schedule to enjoy some wonderful countryside, will improve your life perspective, enable you to focus on life’s important issues and is a great way to get your family involved in something other than TV and technology.
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