Week 4: Sacred Plum Harvest

nature, kids, outdoor skills, Boulder, Colorado,

To teach the tradition and practice of the sacred harvest, we gathered wild plums and apples on this day.

The sacred harvest is a method of harvest where the harvester first asks permission of the plant for their fruits. They can do this silently or with words or song. Then, the harvester notices whether or not the plant is in agreement with the harvest. Sometimes, a plant will refuse harvest if the fruit is not yet ripe, maybe a bug had been eating that fruit, or some other reason. The intuitive feeling is something the harvester must pay close attention to when harvesting from nature. Finally, after the harvest, the harvester thanks the plant by giving back a song, a breath, a pinch of cornmeal, or some other gift.

Next week we will make the plums into a delicious jam!

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