Yes, hunger. Kent County Michigan is actually one of the more prosperous counties in Michigan. Yet, according to http://www.feedwm.org/ one in seven people in Kent County struggle with hunger. That doesn’t always mean that people are going without food. Too many people do have to miss meals and most of them are children, but the bigger problem might be that the food they do eat is fatty, starchy, high calorie low nutrition food. That is not only sad and concerning, it just isn’t necessary. There are so many sources of extremely nutritious and delicious foods available that it really bothers me that so many people
go without. What’s more, the food is free for the taking! Spring, Summer and Fall are abound with great plants that are available to eat.
Plants like Plantain, Mustard, Cats Ear, Chickweed, Dandelion, Purslane, Lambs Ear, various wild berries and many more, are more nutritious than anything you can find in the grocery store.
The problem might be that it takes some effort and time to harvest this food. It might also be the stigma of eating weeds. (Most of these plants are non-native plants that were introduced by immigrants who knew them as fruits and vegetables.)
Maybe those are the problems, but I don’t think they are the biggest hurdles to taking advantage of all this nutrition going to waste.
I think the biggest problem is knowledge. That is understandable. We have lost touch with our past. I am willing to bet everyone who reads this, has a grandparent or great grandparent who knew about and ate plants that you call weeds. Of course I don’t want anyone to start eating wild plants without knowing exactly what they are doing. It can be dangerous, even deadly to consume many plants that grow in our backyards. But, once you know the edible ones, you will never go hungry again. That’s why I am willing to donate my time to any non profit organization in the area whose mission is to feed the hungry.
Of course I need money and donations would be very appreciated, just not required. If you want to take advantage of wild edible plants to feed the hungry, I will spend 2-3 hours with your organization showing you what plants to take advantage of and which ones to avoid. Please use the contact page if you are interested in our help. Just fill out the form and type in, feed the hungry. We are also available for private or company events for presentations and wild edible education. Contact us for charges and details.
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The bottom line is, there are hungry people and there is food out there to feed them. We just need to bring them together. God put all that food there for a reason and it wasn’t just to walk on.