In the past several years I have come to embrace the wild wisdom of weeds. A weed is simply a plant growing somewhere that someone doesn't want it to. Weeds are considered a nemesis of gardening and pristine lawn care, but in reality the weeds are really wildflowers. Wildflowers are the unsung heroes of the planet. They are a powerful force that sustains a complex web of interdependent creatures. They don't require watering, fertilizing and they serve as a food source for pollinators. The news of diminishing bee and butterfly populations should cause us concern as a society. Pollinators are essential our food supply nationwide.
Wild weeds also provide an excellent source of minerals and vitamins that are readily available to us, often beyond the value of a supplemental pill. Several common weeds; thistle, dandelion, dock, chickweed, clover, lambsquarter, plantain, and purslane are all growing all over the farm. We nurture and harvest these plants for our use and to feed the animals.
The ducks and chicken go wild for chickweed in the spring and the rabbits love the thistle. Purslane is high in omega- 3 fatty acids as well as vitamins A, B, C and E and minerals of magnesium, calcium and potassium.
So go wild and embrace the weeds!