HUDSON, N.Y. — Edible Weeds on Farms: Northeast farmer’s guide to self-growing vegetables is a free resource that demonstrates that edible weeds are nourishing, resilient, powerful, culturally rich, ecologically essential, economically useful, and much maligned. Weeds can compete with cultivated vegetables in some spaces, but to consider them a nuisance is to disregard the ecological, social, and economic benefits they contribute to a farm or garden.
Consider these benefits and enjoy this free guide to learn more- Weeds-as-Crops
- To the farmer, edible weeds provide supplemental income, diversify production, abate biological risks, offset labor costs and fossil fuel input, and open new markets.
- To everyone else, edible weeds offer novel flavors and phytonutrients that may be inaccessible from cultivated crops.
- Ecologically, weeds can increase biodiversity, heal soil, protect water, and guard sown crops.
- Socially, they encourage the sharing of cross-cultural food stories, strengthen farm communities, address food insecurity, and raise opportunities for environmentally harmonious land stewardship.
About the author: Tusha Yakovleva is a life-long gatherer thanks to her family and first home – Russia – where harvesting plants and mushrooms for food and medicine is common practice. Tusha’s work revolves around generating strong, respectful relationships between plants and people. She teaches foraging and ethnobotany, has founded a wild food subscription program, and farmed in the Catskills region.
–Deven Connelly, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Columbia and Greene Counties