Encouraging sustainability and proper conduct for all members.
At Foraged, foragers are the backbone of who we are. We are excited to have new foragers join us no matter what level of expertise. For those looking to join our community, know that at Foraged we adhere to the following principles for all foragers:
1. Foraging is an important activity that promotes and supports all plants, animals, and habitats in which they exist. We recognize that every ecosystem is interconnected and we seek to continually learn these linkages and better understand how to support them.
2. We aim to promote foraging as an inclusive activity that is opposed to discrimination and prejudice across age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, gender and foraging experience. There is zero tolerance for those who violate this standard.
3. In standing with other foragers, we understand that each species of mushroom has its own unique connection to its environment and its unique methodology for cultivation. We know that to do this successfully will require continual knowledge and evolution in order to ensure prosperity for both foragers and the environment.
4. Safety is an absolute must. We expect foragers to operate within the boundaries of legislation enacted by local, state and federal governments along with foraging governing bodies. Additionally, this extends to practices for both gathering and consuming. We necessitate that foragers seek proper permission before foraging on non-public lands.
5. Sustainability and foraging go hand and hand – there are no exceptions. Our expectation is that foragers are considerate of ecological implications of foraging and will work proactively to practice techniques that allow future foragers equal opportunity to participate, and not cause permanent damage to their area of operation. We encourage foragers to only take 25% of finds, continually look for new spots, and not over harvest at one or multiple locations to preserve the impact had on mycelial networks and surrounding areas.
6. We encourage advanced foragers to go even further in practicing sustainability by gathering spores from their favorite wild mushrooms and cloning them, if possible. Cloning spores provides a method to not rely solely on Mother Nature to yield results. In fact, many highly regarded strains of cultivated mushrooms originated from wild species.