I went picking with some friends one morning this last week, and we set to work with gloves, baskets, bags and scissors harvesting some fresh, green goodness and catching up on chatting.
The patch we picked in stretched out as far as we could see along the edge of the woods, so we filled those baskets pretty quickly without having to wander around. When you go out wildcrafting, it's good to follow ethical practices, like picking from a large patch with no risk of being wiped out by your harvest, snipping or snapping off the top part of the plant while leaving the rhizome undisturbed (do not pull up), avoiding high-traffic or fragile areas like city parks, and leaving plenty behind to grow. You want to make sure your patch will be there when you come back next year and when your children want to pick there someday.
There is much to smile about, for tomorrow is the first day of Spring!