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#5606764 - 08/11/16 03:22 PM Pacific Northwest Wildcrafting?
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Registered: 10/19/13
Posts: 1281
Loc: Interior Alaska
Hey everyone! Wondering how many out there are wildcrafting in the Northwest? I've been researching all day on wildcrafting and it seems theres not much info out there specific to our area seeing as how most of the valuable plants are found out east. I was wondering what if any profitable plants guys were going after up here? Any tips or suggestions one could offer for our general area? Would love to make a buck or two in the woods during the off season. Any help would be very much appreciated smile


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#5607439 - 08/12/16 09:33 AM Re: Pacific Northwest Wildcrafting? [Re: Native Trapper]
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Registered: 10/19/13
Posts: 1281
Loc: Interior Alaska
Really, no one? I live in one of the most bio-diverse places (for plants) on the planet, the Siskiyou Mountains. I thought for sure there would be a litany of plants to harvest for sale.

I'm going to visit some "farmers markets" and co-ops this weekend to see if there is any greens or wild foods that are harvested locally that I can sell. There is a ton of non-gmo, only eat local/organic, millenial mamby pamby types here that I'm sure will pay top dollar for anything labeled wild and local. I'll let you guys know how it goes!

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#5609206 - 08/13/16 11:07 PM Re: Pacific Northwest Wildcrafting? [Re: Native Trapper]
peacekeeper Offline
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Registered: 11/30/11
Posts: 41
Loc: Washington State
I know some folks sell sword fern and moss, but I don't know what permits are needed in OR, or who is buying. They're used by florists, so it may be possible to sell directly to them.

The bark of pacific yew was a hot commodity for a while, but I think it may be protected now. They also figured out how to produced the active ingredient, taxol, in the lab.

You might need to be careful where you collect wild plants to eat in the Siskiyous. Serpentine soils are common in your area. Some plants take up and concentrate nickle, cadmium, and other toxic metals from serpentine soils.

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#5609243 - 08/14/16 01:07 AM Re: Pacific Northwest Wildcrafting? [Re: Native Trapper]
Wylee Offline
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Registered: 09/18/15
Posts: 1380
Loc: interior alaska
I don't know a lot about this but I do have a cousin that is an avid fungi hunter. I know he has sold them before, pretty sure he had to jump through some hoops.. When he's back from vacation I'll ask him. But I'm sure a quick google search would be telling.
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#5640788 - 09/13/16 11:18 PM Re: Pacific Northwest Wildcrafting? [Re: Native Trapper]
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Registered: 12/24/15
Posts: 63
Loc: Washington
Up here in the desert of central WA I usually dig a little Camas and Biscuit Root for myself. I dont know of anyone else other than the natives that come dig it themselves that actually eat it though so I dont know that it would be profitable for anyone.

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#5701107 - 11/15/16 02:32 PM Re: Pacific Northwest Wildcrafting? [Re: Native Trapper]
newhouse114 Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 2742
Loc: S.W.Oregon
there is an occasional market for licorice root, it is not big and doesn't pay much. Cascara was the big item until the USDA put a stop to it.
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#5859616 - 03/27/17 11:49 PM Re: Pacific Northwest Wildcrafting? [Re: Native Trapper]
waggler Offline
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Registered: 01/11/08
Posts: 2122
Loc: Alaska and Washington State
There's a guy who lives near Grass Pants, OR who has written a book or two regarding NW wildcrafting. He's kind of a nut-case imo (I think that's putting it mildly). He does have a lot of knowledge, but I think he's maybe put other things into his body that have made it hard for him to be very productive. I think he used to have a company called Botanicals Northwest, or something like that, I believe his last name is Miller, maybe Richard or Allen?? Google around and you should be able to find his book, It's actually worth picking up.

If you're really adventurous and have some time to kill give the guy a call, you might be able to glean some good information out of the conversation, but you'll also have to endure the tinfoil-hat talk too.
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#5885059 - 04/23/17 04:36 PM Re: Pacific Northwest Wildcrafting? [Re: Native Trapper]
grimm Offline
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Registered: 04/09/17
Posts: 7
Loc: Arkansas
chaga is a great profit maker and as long as you get it radiation tested with a small sample prices are higher with lower levers..good luck and happy hunting....

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