Because edible plants were important to our ancestors, and will again become important to us, I seek to learn about the edible plants of my own odal lands here in North Carolina. Getting to know particular plants, watching them grow, learning their uses at different times of the year, and allowing Mother Jorth to bear them in Her time while being conscious of that life process, can lead to sensitivity and patience lost for many caught up in the age of convenience and consumerism that surrounds us. Learning about these plants also gives one an opportunity to gain knowledge that will be important for our existence again as the dark age further unfolds. Let the ignorant dismiss us as “survivalist nuts;” we will continue to prepare.
Today the nettle bears a bad reputation – it is considered to be a noxious weed and an evil, stinging plant, to be eradicated from our gardens. However, this reputation is very far from being deserved.
Our ancestors regarded …