This is one of our favourite board games to play. It’s fun to play as a family, for the kids by themselves or together with friends. It’s a gorgeously designed, carefully thought-out co-operative game of the highest quality. That’s a mouthful! Basically we love it. I love it so much, I bought a second one to offer as a giveaway here on my blog.

“Grandma needs huckleberries to bake a pie. You and your cousins embark on an adventure up the mountain to collect berries as well as herbs she uses.”

Along the “snakes and ladders” type path, obstacles need to be faced like getting a scraped knee, sunburn or bee sting. Working together you need to figure out which of the herbs you’ve picked along the way will ease your troubles. This game offers a fun way to learn more about edible and medicinal plants and their uses for every day life.

Wildcraft Giveaway

In the interest of encouraging a love for herbal knowledge in others, I’m happy to offer this brand new Wildcraft game. If you’re interested in having your name put in for a draw for this board game, please leave a comment and tell me one of the following:

  • about the most interesting or favourite herb that you grow or
  • about an herbal remedy that you use or
  • if you have no experience with herbs, tell me what kind of herb or herbal remedy you’d like to know more about or
  • you get the picture; comment with any of your herbal thoughts

If you’d like to triple your chance to win, let others know about this giveaway via your own blog or facebook etc and let me know. I’ll randomly pick a winner August 15th 2011. Thanks to the postal lockout last month here in Canada, I’m doing this giveaway a bit later than I’d wanted to and with an upcoming music festival and a trip down to the lower mainland for a doctor’s appointment and possible tonsillectomy for Lily, the giveaway will last longer than I originally intended.

(This giveaway is open to those in and outside of Canada.)

ETA: Extended to August 21 2011 when one name will be randomly drawn. The game will be mailed out Monday, August 22 2011 to the lucky winner. 

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41 Responses to Wildcraft Giveaway

  1. ella says:

    Hi Annie ~ i’d love to win this game; i can’t source it here in the uk :( Will pay shipping if extortionate!
    Have posted comp on my facebook page xx

  2. Julie says:

    When I was a kid, if we had a sore throat, my mom made us chew on “savoyane” – this is the French name, I don’t know what it’s called in English, but the latin name is Coptis groenlandica. It is an orange root, extremely bitter (we hated the taste!) and it is a strong antiseptic. It is good for ulcers in the mouth, to clean teeth, etc. We used to have a big jar of it in the kitchen that my aunt picked near her cottage and gave us. I’ve been thinking of getting some to keep in my own home now – I need to ask my aunt if it’s still growing on her land.
    I’ve been looking at that game and wondering if I should buy it for my daughter who’s turning 4 in a couple of weeks. I would really love to learn more about plants. It would be nice to win it! Thanks for this giveaway!

  3. Lise says:

    Thanks for the chance to win this great game! My most-often used herbal remedy is plantain (mosquito bites, bee stings, scrapes, cuts…). It’s everywhere in my lawn (it “is” my lawn), so it’s always handy!

  4. Kelly says:

    This game looks like so much fun, and educational too!

    I love calendula for cuts, burns etc. While I have never grown my own yet, I have seeds and hope to be able to make my own salve next year!

  5. Oriana says:

    Hi Annie,

    I hve be tying to buy this game as a birthday present for my 6year old girl, but I couldn’t get it here in UK. It has been constantly out of stock wih the origioal suppliers. Ooo!How we would LOVE it!!! I’d be happy pay the postage , as it might be expensive.

    I have been reading your blog via Sarah (Potty woman – an amazing & beatiful friend of mine) I have cooked a few of your reipes too, all of them have been amazing. Thank you so much for sharing.

    Love Oriana x

  6. Lynn says:

    This game looks really interesting! My 7 year old would love it and I’d love playing it with her.
    I love turmeric. It’s a fabulous anti-inflammatory, I’ve found it really helpful for joint pain. It has a protective effect on the liver, is antioxidant rich, and is being studied for it’s anti-cancer properties.
    My other favourite is Fenugreek. You know at the end of a cold when you can’t seem to get rid of all that excess mucus? Fenugreek helps clear that stuff out.

  7. Kassia says:

    There are so many interesting herbs! This year I’m growing cilantro and it’s luxurious to be able to pick as much as I want and use it in my cooking. I love the aroma! I have St John’s wort growing in my backyard and plan to make some tea this coming winter to cure any winter blues..
    Thank you for the chance to win this game! I have been looking at it for a long time and would love to play it with my daughters.

  8. Carrie says:

    Thank you for offering this fun give-away!

  9. dawnsuzette says:

    Oh… Annie… How kind of you to offer this game up.
    We use plantain, calendula, mint and chamomile most commonly, directly and as infusions. Recently added yarrow to our list.
    I just checked out a bunch of books from the library about wild edible plants here in Atlantic Canada. It has been my mission this summer to learn more and of course the kids are learning more along the way too. Love that part of learning this way.
    Thanks again for the chance to win!

  10. greenteacher says:

    I am so so very excited about this! The game sounds amazing :)
    This year, I planted chamomile for the first time and have started to harvest and dry. I am thrilled to be able to make my own tea from the flowers instead of buying it. We’re growing two types of mint too, which is just lovely when our tummies have the crummies, or just for a breath freshener.
    Next year, I want to learn to harvest our raspberry leaves so I can make tea for my pregnant buddies!
    I’m really keen to learn more about using plants often referred to as ‘weeds’ more thoroughly in our medicine cabinet!
    p.s. shared on facebook!

  11. Syndi says:

    I am Korean-American, and I have two fond memories of my mother and father, each finding different “weeds” in the US soil and making delicious treats from them. I only wish I knew what they were! This game sounds great, and I hope to learn what they are, so I make memories like this for my children.

  12. gracegirl35 says:

    This is so exciting! I went to the site for the game when I read your previous post about it, only to find out that it is unavailable for online purchase at this time. It is great that you have a copy for giveaway!

    My favorite herb that I grow is aloe (though it is technically a succulent and not an herb:). I love the stuff. It looks beautiful, and it gives me peace of mind to know that I am only one snip of the scissors away from it’s soothing gel if I need it. And with how much I love to cook, combined with my natural clumsiness, I use it alot!

    My favorite herbal remedy is Swedish Bitters. My Mother in Law who has some training in herbalism introduced me to it. I am so thankful that she did! I use it on my eyelids when my eyes burn from sensitivities. I use it for disinfecting. I use it internally if I feel a cold or infection coming on. I have even used it externally to help cure a yeast infection (I hope this isn’t too much info). It is great stuff. You can make it yourself. And the longer it is steeped, the stronger it is.

    I have posted about your giveaway on my facebook profile, and on my blog.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win the game!

  13. k says:

    what a cool giveaway – i’d love to share this with my niece and nephews. i love lots of herbs, but my one of my favourites is always oregano; i grow a couple different kinds. and on that front, i also love oil of oregano as the best herbal remedy i have found for keeping the sniffles and sore throats away in the winter.

  14. I am a wee bit of a rebel in that I grow one of the more tenacious and hated plants ’round these parts. . . comfrey.
    What we don’t use as salves from stems or tea from leaves or medicine as root I use as compost and in soil building and feeding my garden. All of my fruit trees get one of their very own plants that can be cut to compost ’round the tree up to four times each year! Win win win is my wish for us and the game. I haven’t even seen it before and now that I know it exists I will have it one way or another!

  15. Debbie says:

    Don’t enter us in the giveaway…we already have the game – but I wanted to echo your love of the game. It is hands down our most favourite. We play it at least once a day – and over time it has morphed into other games that Isaac makes up. I love that about it. Its so great to just let it be whatever you want it to be. What a generous giveaway, Annie. xo

  16. Vanessa says:

    Wow! Thank you so much for the chance to win! I can’t explain in words how excited I am about this game- I love herbs, although I really am an amateur, herbs found me when I got sick living in Mexico. Since then they’ve become a staple health remedy for pretty much everything, my son who’s 2 now eats clover and dandelion wild out of the backyard, too sweet:). My favorites are calendula salve, chamomile, valerian, nettle, mullein and burdock… There are too many to list! Thank you again Annie! :)

  17. Amanda Smith says:

    I use plantain(plantago major) for, well, LOTS of things! Chewed up and slapped on as a poultice outdoors and on-the-go, I love it for scrapes, stings, bruises, sunburn. . .you name it!

  18. Sharon Flichel says:

    We like alfalfa tea;good for teeth. Blue elderberry dried to eat, for tea or fresh for jelly; good for chasing away sickness. Have tried other herbs and berries and always interested in learning more.

  19. Mary says:

    What a generous giveaway! I’ve been eyeing this game for awhile now. It sounds even more perfect for our 5 year old now that I’ve read your post. I am loving lavender- relaxing, the oil for burn healing, and just yumminess (lavender lemonade, anyone?)… Chamomile for tummy aches, and irritibility…. Mint for indigestion… Ginger for morning sickness and digestion issues… Arnica for bruises, bumps and sore muscles…. I could go on and on… I love herbal medicine. We are surrounded by such abundance!

  20. Lise(stjam), ? are the chances of 2 lise says:

    I too would love to win this game.
    Being a fan of natural health care & preventive medicines, sure would love to share in the cariboo/chilcotin.

  21. Annie says:

    We use calendula cream for cuts/burns, but I don’t grow it myself. I do have a lot of lavender in my garden and I’d love to learn more about what I can do with it since so far I just use it for sachets since I love the way it smells.

  22. shai says:

    I love cottonroot bark to help with bloodloss after birth.

  23. Lise(stjam) says:

    Part two:
    can I include, spirulina

  24. Jacinda says:

    Probably the most used here is calendula which we infuse oil with and use in our moisturiser and lip-balm. Also we use lots of finely cut herbs in our salads.

  25. ikkinlala says:

    I’ve been lucky enough to be pretty healthy, so my favourite herbs are the culinary ones – rosemary, basil, mint…

    One herbal remedy that I do use often, though, is poplar bud salve for scrapes, cuts, and burns.

  26. Bonnie says:

    Ooooh, I’ve been wanting this game!
    Last year my calendula took off in my garden, and was able to make a bottle of calendula oil. It’s been great on all skin irritations. I’d love to expand my garden to accomodate more plants for making tea. Maybe next year…

  27. Marlene says:

    Neat. That game looks wonderful!
    I remember my father – a cabinetmaker, with perpetually dry hands – making a concoction of St. John’s Wort flowers and olive oil to soothe all his hand woes. He stashed the jars up high in his workshop, where they catch the light and glow a beautiful red/orange through their coating of sawdust. Some of them are still there, though he is rarely in the workshop anymore. He also used a bath of balsam needles for any cuts or infections, and seemed to always recover quickly.
    Thanks for reminding me of it – I tend to lean pretty heavily on Oil of Oregano for many things for our family, and wish I had a supply of my grandmother’s calendula salve. Perhaps it’s time to learn to make it.

  28. Ginger says:

    How fantastic that you bought a game to share. I love that. You are so generous.

    One of my favourite herbs is calendula. We eat the flower petals in salads, the plant is beautiful in my garden, and I made a calendula mint lip balm last year.

    After I had my second baby, my midwives gave me some calendula cream. Wonderful stuff. It was great for crackled nipples and ok for my daughter to eat a bit when she nursed. I’d like to try making cream this year.

  29. taisa says:

    ooh, I’ve had my eye on this game for awhile- so exciting that you are giving one away! I grew up on herbal medicine, slipery elm for sore throats, golden seal for infections, echinacea for colds, eyebright for eye problems etc. I still use lots of herbs I love- calendula, arnica, nettle, raspberry leaf and on and on! I love making concoctions for my family!

  30. mb says:

    my favorite herbal remedy will probably always be motherwort. i am not sure how much truth there is to it, i’ve not looked into it very far, and it could be entirely placebo effect, but my midwife told me when i had a 2 day old baby, to take motherwort tincture if you feel overwhelmed, and boy did that ever do the trick for me. it may really have been that split second decision to do some self care, that was really what worked for me, but i will give credit to the herb. :) (the game looks fun!)

  31. elementsofmylife says:

    This looks like a wonderful way for me to learn about more herbs but I don’t want to take away the opportunity for families to win so how ’bout we play the next time we visit?

    I hope you’re enjoying your summer travels and I look forward to more photos.

  32. nora says:

    Sounds like great game. We’ve been starting to take walks with the kids and Stalking The Wild Asparagus, to get them excited about eating from the land. This would be a good intro to the herbal component.

    Mint is my favorite herb. I’ve been using it since I was a child for nausea, car sickness, comfort, and pure pleasure. My kids now can go out in the yard and pick a stalk of it to make iced tea with.

    Love the blog!

  33. denise says:

    Oh, we’d love to win this. We had this game and we think it was left behind at a hotel last summer. Herbs…I am growing more herbs this year. One plant I have not grown before is toothache plant. It is not that big yet (cold spring) but I plan to make a tincture from it for use with tooth pain, and that sensitivity that comes when littles lose a tooth.

  34. sarah says:

    my (old hippie) mother-in-law has a bunch of co-operative games (not this one tho). Once when she and Lee were playing a game- he was about 4- he said, “When do we get to play the uncooperative games?” :)

  35. paxye says:

    One of my favourite herb remedies was my pregnancy tea… it was great in pregnancy to help my body keep of to the changing nutritional demands and help the uterus get ready for labour.

    In labour I used tinctures… motherwort, sheppard’s purse, raspberry leaf… all had their purpose…

    This game looks amazing… I would love to learn more about herbs with the kids…

  36. jenny says:

    Thanks for offering the game : )
    if picked – i will pay postage,

  37. Nadine says:

    I would love to win this game…I am trying bit by bit to introduce more natural ways of healing my boys…weaning my boys off the drugs has been going well….I have always disagreed with the drug treatments for the boys but being that they have had severe asthma its been a slow process…
    My oldest is finally off the nose spray only to realize now that the nose spray was making him worst…he is so much better now…
    This would be a great game addition to our family:)

  38. elflyn says:

    I love chamomile as a tea for soothing my little ones. Calendula as a nappy cream, and I always use oats in the bath to soothe red or irritated skin.
    Thank you so much for the opportunity to win this game. I have heard so many good things about it, I’m sure my little boys would love to play it.

  39. Arianne L-S says:

    Just like Annie, I live in Prince Rupert. Some people say you can’t grow a garden here. I am of those – with Annie – who are proving that in fact you can, and that you can grow a whole lot here. I have a problem however, I can’t seem to be able to grow herbs. My main problem is aphids. For some strange reason, at my place, herbs are aphids favorite thing to invade. I am now trying a mixture of water, garlic, dish soap, and neem oil and crossing my fingers that I will be the winner :-) Thanks for that contest. Looks like an amazing game!

  40. Melissa says:

    How wonderful! This game is on our wishlist. We’ve been busy making herbal concoctions including calendula salve, calendula baby oil and comfrey/plantain salve. We would love the opportunity to win this game! Thanks!

  41. Melissa says:

    I also shared the giveaway on my facebook page. (Melissa DeLong) :0)