The plant communities that make up the forests are one the best
sources for food and medicine in the spring, summer, and fall. Unlike animals, plants do not run away from us. With some basic skills in identification and use, your backyard is quickly transformed from “just grass and weeds” to a salad waiting to be eaten as well as bee sting medicine, coffee substitute, natural antiseptics, and much more. The world of plants can be daunting to begin to learn because of the diversity, however learning just a few basic plants can really open up a new world for you.