The Wild Foodies of Philly!   In search of the food beneath our feet

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JOIN OUR FREE MEETUP Group for group and private tours (both free and fee-based) Contact Lynn Landes for free private tours - lynnlandes@earthlink.net / 215-629-3553

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Edible Wild Plants, A North American Field Guide, by Thomas S. Elias & Peter A. Dykeman

Help spread the word with our calling card & postcard, or make your own. Put them on your front door, windows, cars, etc!  Also, start your own neighborhood "Wild Edibles Study Group" see below.

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more reference info below!!!


From founder, Lynn Landes:

Welcome to The Wild Foodies of Philly!  We are the second largest 'wild edibles' foraging & education MEETUP Group! in the world!  This is a collaborative educational effort.  We are a group of wild foods enthusiasts who came together in the summer of 2010 to learn more about wild edibles, both plants and animals (although currently we focus mainly on plants). 

The Wild Foodies was founded in response to several serious concerns of the public, to include: the public's total reliance on cultivated foods, conventional farming practices, the use of chemicals and GMOs, and the degradation of organic standards.  Wild edibles are surging in popularity worldwide in response to these concerns.

You are welcome to start your own Wild Foodies of _________ anywhere in the world (or call it anything you like).  We are here to help.  You are invited to come on as many tours as you like.  Some are free and some have fees.  The more you tour, the more you'll learn!  The important thing is for people to come together to help each other identify, discuss, and eat wild edibles. We really encourage you to keep your own scrapbook on these plants and animals.  And there's lots of reference material below to get you started.

Anyone, group, or organizations can announce a meetup if you live within approximately 50 miles of Philadelphia.  You do not need any knowledge of plants if you are not going to charge a fee.  Your meetup could be just a study group.  However, if you need to control the size of the group, then you must contact me so that I can make you an event organizer.  Don't get too concerned about scheduling a meetup at the same time as other meetups. Our membership is big enough at this point that it shouldn't matter.

I do free tour leader training and also lead free private tours on weekdays for students, chefs, and any other interested groups. I also do free group tours in the Art Museum/Lemon Hill area.   For other tour guides, scroll down to LOCAL GROUPS.

Munch on!

LynnLandes@earthlink.net / 215-629-3553. Use my cell phone only if you are late for a tour: 714-204-2690


GOALS:


STUDY GROUPS:  Open meetups are great, but we also need to build local 'wild edible' communities where we live.  We have members from several states and surrounding counties, but no one knows where the other lives!  So, please consider starting a Wild Edibles STUDY GROUP in your neighborhood or region.  This is a great opportunity to meet people who live near you and are also interested in wild edibles. FOR EXAMPLE, just post a meetup on our page and call it "The South Philly Study Group", letting people know that your meetup is only for South Philly residents.  You can also start a photo album featuring your local members.  And, consider posting your meetings on community callendars and local papers. People really deserve to know about this subject which is so vital to our health and well being. One of our members started his own group in Bucks County -- http://www.meetup.com/Wild-food-foraging-in-Bucks-County/, which is another option.


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REFERENCE INFORMATION below:

Soil Testing:

APPs:

DISCUSSION GROUPs:  

GUIDEBOOKS:

Other BOOKS and WEBSITES recommended by our Wild Foodies of Philly:

MORE WEBSITES:

NEWS:


LOCAL GROUPS:

  LOCAL PROFESSIONAL FORAGERS & enthusiasts for education, restaurants, landscaping, etc:

 LOCAL FOOD HISTORIAN: Anita M. McKelvey http://thephiladelphiapepperproject.wordpress.com/about-me/  

 PLANTS & PROJECTS - Philly area

Wild Foodies recommended list of MEDICINAL BOOKS:

WILD LIFE: pretty much just small critters and insects (entomophagy)

Miscellaneous: natural toothbrushes from trees - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teeth_cleaning_twig