The Compass Magazine and Gohiking are pleased to present:
A guided walking series with Bud Logan.
Learn how to harvest and prepare medicinal plants, learn about edible plants and learn about local mushrooms. Bud has been teaching about medicinal, edible plants and mushrooms for a number of years and enjoys sharing the knowledge he has gathered through years of hiking the Islands forest realms.
Integrated into these walks is the story of forest ecology and how trees talk to one another.
Don’t over harvest a single species in one location and never harvest endangered species. Only take what you need. Even though a plant may be edible, its flavor may not be to your liking so before harvesting a plant that is new to you, gather a little and try it out beforehand.
Be careful about gathering wild plants in areas that have been sprayed with pesticides, or in areas where you don’t know if spraying has occurred. I don’t gather wild plants along any roads, the dust from the roads and pollution from exhaust fumes can contaminate the plants. Making them unhealthy for consumption.
So get your book on edible plants and head out into the field, you will have fun, learn about plants and get healthy from both the plants and the walk in the forest.
The world of mushrooms is for many, a rather alien world of mystery and misconceptions. While many may be familiar with local plants & animals, the realm of fungi seems slightly strange and shrouded in secrecy. We are often warned to be cautious with mushrooms and told that they’re best left alone. Sage advice for most, but some people just love mushrooms. There are some very incredibly delicious varieties of edible mushrooms to harvest! Some of our local mushrooms rank among the best in the world.