Foraged grapes from a purple-leaved grape vine. Ate a handful fresh, but juiced the rest and diluted it with filtered water as it was quite potent! 🍇 Do you ever think about how close to you the food you eat was grown? I've spent a fair bit of time feeling guilty about eating bananas, avocados, and citrus. Not to mention rice, black tea, and curcumin. None of those things are grown near me, and most of those things are a fairly regular part of my diet. But instead of feeling guilty, I'm going to continue learning how to eat more local, learning more about the foods, herbs, and medicines that grow around me, and devote the time to harvesting, preparing, and preserving them (and growing food, too!). This isn't just a good way to have less of a negative impact on the environment, but it also brings me closer to nature and at one with the Earth. I get to be around animals (sometimes, anyways - but if you spend much time in forests these days you'll find that you see less and less of them), find good foraging spots, and it also sparks conversation with people and gets some dialogue going about important issues - what we eat, connection to nature, plants + animals, the state of the environment, and ethics, too. What is your favorite thing to forage where you live? Or if you've never collected wild foods, what advice would you like to start?