There is a world-wide movement to bring our industrialized food system back to a more natural state. Whether conceptualized through terms like “agroecology,” “beyond-organic,” “permaculture,” or “biodynamic,” people today are looking toward ancient wisdom to guide us through current issues of food scarcity, species extinction, and drought.
We are demonstrating a “wild cultivation,” in which humans are participants within the framework of a natural ecosystem and focus on supporting native plant growth. This concept lies somewhere between “forest farming” and “foraging.”
A few of our primary efforts are to reestablish vigorous growth of elderberry, camas lily, mule’s ear, willow, gourmet mushrooms, and the production of honey.
Native plant network support from Rogue Native Plant Partnership, Rogue Valley region, Oregon
Cultivation of Vesper Meadow native plant support from Silver Springs Nursery Inc., Applegate Oregon
Beehives collaboration with EasyBees Company, Medford Oregon
Camas tending ground at Vesper Meadow
Partnership with the Hawthorne Institute
The Hawthorn Institute is tending Camas lily stands situated within Vesper Meadow. The goals of this project include assaying Camas populations in relationship to human impact along with contributing to the restoration of the indigenous cultural landscape of southern Oregon.
We will intimately interact with the Camas in the meadow through seasonal bulb collecting, seed broadcasting, and fall burning. With a series of trail cams surrounding the Camas stands we are tending in hope to capture vegetative growth, flower cycles, pollinator interactions and herbivory. As these stands are monitored, we are ultimately striving to develop techniques in ethical wildcrafting and ways to deepen the human-plant relationship.