Monday, May 5, 2008

Don't Forget Mother Nature

It's always interesting to see what kinds of creativity I see and hear from farmers. Some producers grow traditional crops, others grow alternative and heirlooms. But Mother Nature has a selection all her own. Take a moment of time to look at your land, I mean really look at what you have already on your land. What can you do with the trees? Do any of them bloom? How about cutting a number of small branches with flowers along with some interesting looking grasses, put them in a vase or even a clean mayo or jam jar, add a ribbon and you have something to sell! All it took was your time and ingenuity. What about wild flowers? Queen Anne's Lace added to any bouquet sure adds a nice touch. And this time of year, what about those deliciously sought after morel mushrooms? Also don't forget about wild medicinal herbs. A few things to keep in mind should you decide to take advantage of Mother Nature and it's not your property, always ask permission. If the land is public land, you must check with the MO Department of Parks and Recreation. If you're hunting for any medicinal herb be sure to contact the MO Department of Conservation. Some medicinal herbs are monitored.

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