Wildcrafting and Permaculture
Those gathered to discuss wildcrafting and permaculture opportunities focused on the low barriers to entry and the vast potential of a series of underutilized wild crops, including: a variety of fungi, watercress, ramps and wild fruits. The abundance of these crops in the Driftless Region leads to opportunities for entrepreneurial collectors to create new markets. While the knowledge of such crops is present in the community, little has been done to organize interested collectors to share information and resources.
- Who are the sectors leaders and how do we connect interested collectors to those in possession of local knowledge?
- Would the establishment of collectors’ co-ops have beneficial effects?
- Can we augment the presence of and demand for ethically-harvested wild foods at farmer’s markets and other retail venues?
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