Relevant Resources



  • A Cree Healer and His Medicine Bundle - Rogers/Willier/Young

  • A Taste of Heritage - Alma Hogan Snell

  • Botany in a Day - Thomas J. Elpel

  • Braiding Sweetgrass - Robin Wall Kimmerer

  • Bushcraft - Mors Kochanski

  • Bushcraft 101 - Dave Canterbury

  • Bushcraft First Aid - Dave Canterbury

  • Decolonize Your Diet -  Calvo/Esquibel

  • Edible and Medicinal Plants of Canada - MacKinnon/Kershaw/Arnason

  • Edible And Medicinal Plants of the Rocky Mountains and Neighbouring Territories - Willard/McCormick

  • Fundamentals of Herbal Medicine - Kofi Busia

  • Gathering Moss - Robin Wall Kimmerer

  • Hawk Woman Dancing with the Moon - Tela Star Hawk Lake

  • Herbs for Children's Health - Rosemary Gladstar

  • Herbal Healing for Women - Rosemary Gladstar

  • Herbs for Stress & Anxiety - Rosemary Gladstar

  • Keepers of Life - Caduto/Bruchac

  • Mind-Body Harmony - Terry Willard

  • Mushroom Essences - Robert Rogers

  • Narrative Medicine - Lewis Mehl-Madrona M.D. Ph.D.

  • Native Plants Native Healing - Tis Mal Crow

  • Nourishing Traditions - Sally Fallon

  • Nutrition Almanac - John D. Kirschman

  • Our Knowledge Is Not Primitive - Wendy Makoons Geniusz

  • Red Medicine -  Patrisia Gonzales

  • Rosemary Gladstar's Herbal Healing for Men - Rosemary Gladstar

  • Rosemary Gladstar's Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health - Rosemary Gladstar

  • Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs - Rosemary Gladstar

  • Temalpakh - Lowell John Bean, Katherine S. Savbel

  • Textbook of Advanced Herbology - Terry Willard

  • Textbook of Modern Herbology - Terry Willard

  • Terry Willard's Encyclopedia of Herbs - Terry Willard

  • The Boreal Herbal - Beverly Gray

  • The Fungal Pharmacy - Robert Rogers

  • The Herbal Medicine Maker's Handbook - James Green

  • The Natural Kitchen - Deborah Eden Tull

  • The New Wildcrafted Cuisine - Pascal Baudar

  • The Urban Homestead - Coyne/Knutzen

  • The Wildcrafting Brewer - Pascal Baudar

  • The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Medicine - Maoshing Ni

  • Tom Brown's Field Guide to Wilderness Survival - Tom Brown

  • Trees and Shrubs of Alberta - Kathleen Wilkinson

  • Way of the Ancient Healer - Virgil Mayor Apostol

  • When There is No Doctor - Gerald S. Doyle, MD

  • Working Cures - Sharla M. Fett 


  1. Do not pick wild plants unless truly needed and only when abundant

  2. Source it from a local producer, if possible, or grow it yourself

  3. Take no more than 10% of a healthy area to leave enough for the natural process, as well as other foragers

  4. If you don't need the seeds, grow them, gift them, or drop them where you've harvested - do not waste them

  5. Make absolutely sure that you have the correct ID before picking, run through a mental checklist

  6. Apps and books are not a replacement for first-hand training with an experienced plant expert

  7. Plant ID groups on Facebook are helpful, take 2 - 3 pictures of the plant to help ID; do not pick the plant

  8. It is illegal to harvest from city-owned property in Calgary, as well as national and provincial parks across Canada


The Alberta Native Plant Council has put together a great seven-page guide on wildcrafting in Alberta. It is a must read when considering picking any wild plants. You should look at purchasing a membership with them or donating to the cause, especially if you appreciate their guide. Find it here

Important principles to consider in the wild