there is a symbiotic relationship between wildcrafter and the plants they harvest... it's important to provide in kind for them. wild harvesting doesn't mean simply taking what is there. it means establishing a working relationship, fostering the plants' health and well being, so they can do the same for you. including a how-to on propogating elderberry from cuttings.
We reserve the bulk of our minimal freezer space for deer meat, leftover stock pots of soup and the temporary storage of seasonal wine fruit windfalls; so we dry or dehydrate most of our winter stock pile of produce.
the end of the year is a time for reflection, a review of triumphs and failures, and the beginning of the year is geared toward moving forward with lessons learned. i offer up this post as a new year's resolution of sorts, to remain on task with blogging more for our site.