The Wild Foodies of Philly
In search of food beneath our feet!
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- REFERENCE INFO
- TOUR GUIDE TIPS
- NEWS & TOXIC-FREE PARKS REPORT
- LOCAL FORAGERS, GROUPS, ORGs
- APPS, SOIL TESTING, & EQUIPMENT
- PLANT NURSERIES
- BASIC BOTANY
MENU IDEAS (tastes, textures, prep, etc.)
PLANT LISTS & FIELD GUIDES:
Welcome to The Wild Foodies of Philly (Open Letter: "Wild Food - Nature's Gift")
The Wild Foodies of Philly conduct educational tours of wild plants for their use as food, fiber, and medicine. Wild edible plants and animals are the only truly sustainable food source in that they can reproduce themselves. So, it's important that we respect, explore, and know our Wild World. Tours take place in both urban areas and park settings. Tour members are educated about the cautions they must practice when foraging, as well as learn the wide variety of wild plants available. The Wild Foodies host a “resource website” and a free meetup. Although some tours have a fee, many are free. The Wild Foodies encourage collaborative learning and invite the public to share their knowledge, as well as to learn new things about our wild and wonderful world.
- educate the public about wild edible plants (and some insects, occasionally)
- work with schools, parks, preserves, etc.
- make wild plants a significant part of everyone's diet
- urge restaurateurs to offer wild foods and drinks
- establish wild edible areas in private and public spaces
- encourage the public to landscape their yards with wild edible plants, trees, etc.
- encourage members to host their own meet-ups as guided tours or study groups
We need your help. We need more tour guides, both professionals and amateurs. You don't have to be an expert, just an enthusiast. See POSTING GUIDELINES below.
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 learn from each other. Members are invited to come on as many tours as you like. Some are free and others 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 on this webpage we have lots of information, links, and reference material to help get you started.
TOXIC FREE PHILLY: In order to make foraging in Philadelphia a safe and healthy experience, we advocate for a Toxic-Free Philly from dangerous herbicides and pesticides. In 2016, we performed an experiment at Boelson Cottage in Fairmount Park in which we proved that 5% undiluted household vinegar is more safe and effective than commercial herbicides at discouraging and eliminating unwanted plants. see Vinegar Experiment
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. Also see Tour Guide Tips.
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 calendars and local papers. People really deserve to know about this subject which is so vital to our health and well being.
I do tour leader training and lead private tours for students, teachers, chefs, health professionals, farmers, and other interested groups. I also do occasional free group tours in the Art Museum/Lemon Hill area and various places around Philadelphia, but you need to be a member of our MEETUP to see the schedule.
Awbury Arboretum in Philadelphia: www.Awbury.org
Old Pine Farm Natural Lands Trust in NJ: https://oldpinefarm.org/ and https://www.facebook.com/oldpinefarm/ in Deptford, NJ
The Green Deane: Help EatTheWeeds Grow!
Forage on! With care!
Lynn Landes, Founder
217 S. Jessup Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107