Picking Forest Greens for Profit

Make money picking forest greens for profit, gathering sword fern, salai, and other forest greens to sell to florist-supply houses.


| July/August 1978



Money really does grow on trees. Picking forest greens for profit is easy when you know who to sell them to.

Money really does grow on trees. Picking forest greens for profit is easy when you know who to sell them to.


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Make money picking forest greens for profit. Brush picking is the gathering of sword fern, salal, and other forest greens for sale to florist-supply houses.

Picking Forest Greens for Profit

Brush picking — the gathering of sword fern, salal, and other forest greens for sale to florist-supply houses probably won't make you rich . . . but as a quick source of emergency cash in the Pacific Northwest, says Marie Chillson, it can't be beat!


It's a long way from San Francisco to Canada and back in a Volkswagen . . . but my husband and I had saved for that vacation for ages and we were enjoying every minute of it. Enjoying the trip, that is, right up until the tooth I broke on a piece of chicken in an Oregon roadside diner suddenly — and unexpectedly — blew $100 right out of our travel funds.

"Oh well," Allen said, "we've looked forward to seeing Canada for so long that we can certainly wait a little longer. But we still have enough money to enjoy a leisurely drive back to San Francisco along the scenic coastal route."

Three hours later and a few miles short of Coos Bay, Oregon — however — the Canadian vacation that had just slipped through our fingers was suddenly given back to us again . . . and by a most unexpected "Santa Claus".

We had just pulled into a rest area, only to be somewhat puzzled by a parked pickup piled high with . . . well, with what appeared to be green foliage of some kind. At first we thought the mass of limbs and leaves had been the end result of someone's roadside cleanup campaign. But no . . . the foliage was simply stacked too neatly and tied too carefully with twine for that.





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