I realize I’ve been less active here lately, but it’s just a temporary setback, I promise. My winter project is a big one, and it’s almost ready to launch. For now, check out the photo for a behind the scenes peek at The Backyard Forager.
This is not a book about foraging. But it is a book that every forager should read and will probably love. Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Wall Kimmerer, is a collection of essays that brings together the worlds of science and traditional indigenous wisdom in a way that respects both the objective data of clinical observation, and the more emotional, spiritual relationship we can enjoy with the natural world. Read more
Tomorrow morning at 4:30 a.m. I head to ABQ and the airport…next stop Madison, WI. The Midwest Wild Harvest Festival is in Prairie du Chien this weekend, and I look forward to it every year: three days with a great group of curious, cooperative foragers. This year I’ll be teaching classes on cooking with wild herbs and spices, and making foraged desserts. Read more
Do you ever play the game: What would you eat if you got lost in the woods?
Last weekend I was in Austin for the 10th annual Garden Bloggers Fling. Garden bloggers from all over the country convened to visit, admire, and be inspired by private and public gardens. I was apprehensive at first, because I’m more of a plant person than a garden person. I don’t get a thrill out of magnificent, cultivated landscapes, or perfectly groomed yards and gardens. Ornamental edibles (or is that edible ornamentals) are what float my boat, so I approached each Austin garden from my own point of view. Read more
Mushroom hunting is generally pretty low tech, but there are a few items that make your mushroom hunt easier and more productive. Obviously, you wouldn’t wander out into the woods without good walking shoes, a water bottle, sunscreen, and foul-weather clothes, but here are a few essential mushroom hunting tools you might not have considered.
How do you get started as a forager?
If you’re lucky, you learn from a friend. But not everyone has a foraging friend. So you go on foraging walks, you read everything you can get your hands on, you take classes, you watch videos, you sign up for wild foods weekends. And now you have another option: you take my beginning, online foraging course. Read more
We have just driven 2000 miles east and Michael, bless his heart, has done all the driving. Which gave me ample opportunity to gaze out the window, watching the edible plants go by, and looking forward to lots of summer foraging in lush, verdant Pennsylvania. Read more