The Wild Foodies of Philly!
In search of the food beneath our feet!
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Welcome to The Wild Foodies of Philly!
Our main mission is to educate the public on the many uses of wild plants and animals for food, fiber, and medicine.(see free educational documents below) Wild edible plants and animals are the only truly sustainable food source, in that nature, not humans, determines whether they survive and thrive. So, it's important that we respect and explore nature and all of its uses.
The Wild Foodies was also founded in response to several serious concerns, to include: the public's reliance on cultivated & hybrid foods and their effect on our health, conventional farming practices, the use of chemicals and GMOs, and the degradation of organic standards.
Foraging is surging in popularity globally. And the Wild Foodies of Philly is one of the largest foraging MEETUP Groups in the world. It's important to note that this is a collaborative 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 we focus mainly on plants). We are also interested in "wild medicinals", "wild fibers", "preserving through drying and fermentation", ... anything wild, really.
Members 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, incorporate nature into their everyday lives. We really encourage you to keep your own scrapbook on these plants and animals. And below there's lots of reference material to help get you started.
POSTING GUIDELINES: Any member can send an email to the group and post a meetup, if the event is within approximately 50 miles of Philadelphia. You just need to make “wild plants and/or animals" (for food, fiber, or medicine) the focus of your email or meetup, and not a minor feature. You do not need any knowledge of plants if you are simply organizing a group walk to learn about plants (as a collaborative exercise) and not charging a fee. 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 other interested groups. I also do free group tours in the Art Museum/Lemon Hill area. My contact info is below. For other tour guides, scroll down to LOCAL PROFESSIONALS & GROUPS.
Munch on! With Care!
Lynn Landes, founder
217 S. Jessup Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
firstname.lastname@example.org / 215-629-3553
Use my cell phone only if you are late for a tour: 714-204-2690
Help spread the word with our calling card & postcard!
Wild Wednesdays @ Higher Grounds Cafe! Every Wednesday, Wild Edible Plants foraged from Awbury Arboretum will be featured in a dish prepared by "Wild Foodie" Alyssa Schimmel. Location: 631 North 3rd St., Philadelphia, PA 19123 (215) 922-3745 (8 am-9 pm). We hope this collaboration serves as a template for others to follow!
Big News! Aug 29, 2015: Philadelphia Inquirer article on our "Forest-To-Plate" dinner! http://www.philly.com/philly/food/20150827_Free_food__A_five-course_meal_of_foraged_finds.html
Good Article! Nov 11, 2015: Is Food Foraged in Cities Safe to Eat? Early research has found that some foraged urban foods are not only safe, they also have higher levels of nutrients -- http://civileats.com/2015/11/11/is-urban-foraging-cities-safe-to-eat-boston/
Download our FREE Wild Foodies of Philly Field Guides, etc: (geared to Philadelphia, PA, work-in-progress, corrections & comments welcome)
1-PAGE WONDERS:(set margins to .5 inches)
FIELD GUIDES: (set margins to .5 inches)
HARVEST CALENDARS:(set margins to .5 inches)
Get a "Drain Spade" for digging deep taproots of burdock, thistles, etc:
NOTE: Some plants I would highly recommend for your vegetable garden are: Amaranth, Lamb's Quarters, Purslane, Sow Thistle, and Field Mustard!
NOTE: For a great over-all medicinal herb, get to know the "Plantain" - http://lynnlandes.blogspot.com/2015/10/the-worlds-1-medicine-common-weed.html
- educate the public about wild edible plants and animals
- make wild plants a significant part of everyone's diet
- encourage public to landscape their yards with wild edible plants, trees, etc.
- encourage members to host their own meetups as guided tours or study groups
- urge restaurateurs to offer wild foods and drinks
- establish wild edible areas in private and public spaces
- work with schools, environmental centers, parks, etc.
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.
- The University of Delaware Soil Testing Program http://ag.udel.edu/dstp/Mailer%20List.html
- U of Mass --http://soiltest.umass.edu/ordering-information
- Penn State Extension: http://extension.psu.edu/
- University of Penn: http://www.sas.upenn.edu/~erosion/Soil_Kitchen_2013.html
- Wild Foodies of Philly Forums: http://www.meetup.com/Wild-Foodies-of-Philly/boards/
- Interesting NATIONAL online email group on wild edibles: http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/ForageAhead/
BOOKS, GUIDE BOOKS, & WEBSITES:
- Highly recommended: Edible Wild Plants, A North American Field Guide, by Thomas S. Elias and Peter A. Dykeman, 1990 (traditional style field guide with lots of color photos)
- Highly recommended:Eat The Weeds, The Green Dean http://www.eattheweeds.com/
- Highly recommended:Excellent source: Plant For A Future - http://www.pfaf.org/user/edibleuses.aspx
http://www.ediblewildfood.com/ - very helpful with well organized photos and recipes
- Wikipedia (just type in name of plant in general search box), plus check out their list of plants with edible leaves and photos -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_plants_with_edible_leaves
- Wildman Steve Brill: http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/ PHOTOS: http://foragingpictures.com/
- Linda Runyon http://ofthefield.com/ // http://ofthefield.com/walk-book-promo.html
- "Nature's Garden: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting and Preparing Edible Wild Plants" by Samuel Thayer (2010). Also, The Forager's Harvest, A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing edible wild plants, by Samuel Thayer, 2006 (much fewer photos than A North American Field Guide, but more information) ALSO SEE ONLINE: http://www.wildflowers-and-weeds.com/The_Forager/forager.html PHOTOS: http://www.wildflowers-and-weeds.com/Plant_Families/Plant_Families_Index.html
- The Encyclopedia of Edible Plants of North America: Nature's Green Feast http://www.amazon.com/Encyclopedia-Edible-Plants-North-America/dp/0879838213 November 11, 1998 by Francois Couplan (drawings, not photos)
- Doug Elliott - http://www.dougelliott.com
- The Secret Life of Plants by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird
- Secrets of the Soil : New Solutions for Restoring Our Planet by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird
- Stalking the Wild Asparagus, and other books by Euell Gibbons http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euell_Gibbons
- Ancestral Plants by Arthur Haines, see http://www.arthurhaines.com/purchase.htm
- Eating On The Wild Side http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/07/10/195592468/Eating-On-The-Wild-Side-A-Field-Guide-To-Nutritious-Food // http://eatwild.com/jo.html Note: Refers to how nutrition has been bred out of our foods. But, I haven't read it yet, so can't make recommendation
- The New Wildcrafted Cuisine, by Pascal Baudar - free download https://www.google.com/fusiontables/DataSource?docid=1bTd_1dM2JfOgWdaVijB611zON9fSvrzct6tUm5XS#rows:id=1
- http://njaes.rutgers.edu/weeds/thumbnail.asp Rutgers Weed Gallery
- http://montana.plant-life.org/pics_edible.htm Montana's Edible Plant gallery
- http://www.wildflowersofstrathclydepark.org.uk/ColourAll.htm Cool UK website, just click on the photo of the weed in flower
- http://www.torrens.org.uk/FFF/index.html (It's British, but still very helpful)
- http://www.wildcrafting.net/, formerly http://www.wilderness-survival.net/plants-1.php
- http://www.holisticonline.com/herbal-med/Hol_Herb_Directory_Index.htm herb index
- http://almondstreet.net/Herblistpg2.html (medicinal information, but may not be reliable)
- Ask Mr. Smarty Pants: http://www.wildflower.org/expert/new.php
- Yahoo group: http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/ForageAhead/
- http://botanical.com/ mostly medicinal, but very useful
- Edible flowers:
INVASIVES (a realistic approach): Rambunctious Garden by Emma Marris http://emmamarris.com/?page_id=17
MUSHROOMS: This is not a subject that the Wild Foodies of Philly specializes in, at this time.
- Field guide: Mushrooms of Northeast North America: Midwest to New England, George Barron http://www.amazon.com/Mushrooms-Northeast-North-America-Midwest/dp/1551052016
- http://www.njmyco.org/links.html from New Jersey Mycological Association
MEDICINAL & HERBS:
- A Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs: Of Eastern and Central North America (Peterson Field Guides) by Steven Foster, James A. Duke and Roger Tory Peterson
- Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief by David Winston and Steven Maimes
- Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide: 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use by Rosemary Gladstar
- Backyard Medicine: Harvest and Make Your Own Herbal Remedies by Julie Bruton-Seal and Matthew Seal
- National Geographic Guide to Medicinal Herbs: The World's Most Effective Healing Plants by Tieraona Low Dog, Rebecca L. Johnson, Steven Foster, and David Kiefer
- Susan Weed: http://www.susunweed.com
- Mike Puelo's father authored, The Annointed Ones, Secrets of the Messiah Medicine http://www.mythobotanicalpress.com/#!
- http://botanical.com/ mostly medicinal, but very useful
ALL USES: Native American Ethnobotany by Daniel E. Moerman http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/648279.Native_American_Ethnobotany
FIBER, CORDAGE, BASKETS ETC:
Baskets from Nature's Bounty: http://www.amazon.com/Baskets-Natures-Bounty-Elizabeth-Jensen/dp/0934026696
Miscellaneous: natural toothbrushes from trees - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teeth_cleaning_twig
LOCAL PROFESSIONALS & GROUPS
- http://www.meetup.com/Wild-Foodies-of-Philly/ (Lynn Landes)
- http://www.meetup.com/Nature-Studies/ (Hugh Brenner)
- New Jersey Mycological Association (mushrooms!)
- http://www.meetup.com/Philadelphia-Mushrooms/ Mycological Association of Greater Philadelphia
LOCAL FOOD FORAGERS:
- David Siller -- http://www.yosoybean.com/ also educator, fermentor, and tour guide: email@example.com / 267-319-2733 (E-mail David to be put on his mailing list to buy his foraged foods.)
- Christopher Brown's BLOG -- http://foundationalskills.tumblr.com/
- Dan of Princeton, NJ area - http://returntonature.us/
- Vicki A. Hagel, Esquire, Lead Hearth Cook, Colonial Interpreter, Educator, Forrager, & 18th C. Seamstress at the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation, An 18th Century Living History Museum, In Ridley Creek State Park, Media, PA www.ColonialPlantation.org (484) 802-3253
- Tama Matsuoka Wong, Hunterdon County, New Jersey http://www.meadowsandmore.com/ Tama Matsuoka Wong is a forager, weed eater, meadow doctor , lawyer and mother of three. She is the author of the Backyard Field Guide and cookbook Foraged Flavor (Clarkson Potter June 2012). She leads workshops, lectures and events around the country and supplies local wild foods to restaurants in NYC.
LOCAL CRAFTERS IN FIBER & BASKETRY:
- Steve Carty: http://www.pinelandsfolkmusic.com/basketry/steven_carty.html / OutskirtsNJ@gmail.com
- Basket group locator: http://www.countryseat.com/guildsNV-SC.htm
LOCAL FOOD HISTORIAN: Anita M. McKelvey http://thephiladelphiapepperproject.wordpress.com/about-me/
LOCAL FOOD PROJECTS: Please work with your local urban garden folks and others to also grow & harvest wild edibles, because many are already there!
- http://www.phillyorchards.org SEE MAP - http://www.phillyorchards.org/orchards/map
- https://fallingfruit.org/ use to find fruit trees anywhere
- Philadelphia Food Harvest Map - http://maps.google Created in the summer of 2007 by David Siller, a farm educator for Weavers Way Farm, it now has dozens of entries, including ones with charming notes: "nice apple tree - get it before the kids do" and "feral hops on the dog park fence." http://www.philly.com/inquirer/food/
- GENDLER'S LIST of Philadelphia's Wild (not all edible) Plants: (UNDER CONSTRUCTION!) The photos are great! This is list is being re-organized to make identification for the beginner easier. So far, many of the plants to not include information on edibility. We'll work to identify those plants, or go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_plants_with_edible_leaves, although this list is in dispute. We're only about 1/3 through Gendler's List. (July 25, 2010)
- From Patrick Hurley, Ph.D. Ursinus College firstname.lastname@example.org Do you gather wild plants or mushrooms in Southeastern Pennsylvania? We’d like to talk with you. For more info: http://webpages.ursinus.edu/phurley/SuburbanForagingFlyer.pdf
- http://www.urbanfarming.org/ Just noticed the Triscuit connection http://www.urbanfarmi... Not sure about using them and their corporate partners who have worked against real foods, so use with caution.
2016 Winter/Spring MAPLE TREE TAPPING In Philadelphia - Think Maple Syrup!
Pennypack Park - All About Maples, February 13, 1 pm, How to tap a tree (adult oriented)
Wissahickon Park - Maple Sugar Day! Saturday, February 27 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fox Chase Farm – Maple Sugar Day Festival! March 5, 12-4 ($3) http://www.foxchasefarm.org is under the management of Pennypack park
WILD LIFE: pretty much just small critters and insects (entomophagy)
- Slugs, Snails and Fresh Water Mollusks http://www.eattheweeds.com/are-slugs-edible-what-about-snails-2/
- http://www.food-insects.com/ & http://www.hollowtop.com/finl_html/finl.html
- Here's some reading material on edible insects from David Gracer of www.smallstockfoods.com
- Classic article: Why Not Eat Insects? By Vincent M. Holt (1885)
- Article: http://theragblog.blogspot.com/2008/06/eat-your-bugs-dear.html
- Wikipedia's page on bug eating: Entomophagy
- Also search Amazon for books on entomophagy -- http://www.amazon.com/s
- Eugene (Gene) Rurka (Explorer's Club's Exotics Chairman http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Explorers_Club // 2012 article: http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2012-03/exotic-meats-explorers-club-annual-dinner // 707 New Brunswick Rd., Somerset, NJ 08873-5223, (732) 271-0518
- Princeton University, Environmental Discourses on the Ingestion of Bugs League (EDIBL), https://www.facebook.com/EDIBL // Article: http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2010/11/princeton_u_group_having_crunc.html
- WHYY radio interview with Guest host Mary Cummings-Jordan talks with PATRICK HURLEY, associate professor of environmental studies and chair at Ursinus College who studies urban foraging, and TAMA MATSUOKA WONG, the professional forager and author of Foraged Flavor. http://whyy.org/cms/radiotimes/2014/09/19/foraging-food/
- NPR interview: Jo Robinson, Eating On The Wild Side http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/07/10/195592468/Eating-On-The-Wild-Side-A-Field-Guide-To-Nutritious-Food // http://eatwild.com/jo.html Note: Refers to how nutrition has been bred out of our foods. But, I haven't read it yet, so can't make
- David Siller: http://www.gridphilly.com/grid-magazine/2013/6/3/the-lost-art-of-found-food-if-you-know-what-youre-looking-fo.html
- CityPaper article: http://www.citypaper.net/food/2011-03-17-spring-food-issue-urban-foraging.html
- The monarch's need the wild edible milkweed! If you have a yard, plant some milkweed!
MONARCH WATCH: http://monarchwatch.o...
- Aug 1, 2011: (Wild Foodies in Fairmount Park with David Siller)
- Oct. 18, 2010 NY Times In the Weeds | Foraging for Dinner in Oregon