Updated: May 9, 2019
The wilderness is a conflicted place for us. Some see it as a benevolent caretaker, supplying food and shelter for every creature, and as a haven for humanity. Some people distrust it, believing every mushroom could be poison, every berry bitter, or every animal aggressive.
As a forager, you must educate yourself. You must be completely sure of what you are looking at before you harvest it, cook it, and feed it to your family. Faith in nature is not enough. Nature existed before us and in spite of us, and is not in service to us. Walk confidently, but be fastidious in identification and handling of the bounty of the forest.