The Wild Foodies!
"Discover The Food Beneath Your Feet!"
Our fundamental well being as a society depends on knowing our wild world and its uses. This knowledge confers a freedom and independence that is invaluable. Our website is dedicated to spreading that knowledge. The Wild Foodies is also a 6,000+ member Meetup group in Philly / South Eastern PA / NJ region who, since 2010, have conducted educational tours of wild plants for their use as food, fiber, medicine, etc.. We created this “resource website” which contains a wealth of information so that visitors can educate themselves. Most of these wild edibles can be found in many places around the world. 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. Lynn Landes, Founder (read below Open Letter)
JOIN OUR MEETUP of 6,000+ Members For Tours, Events, & Plant-of-the-Week!
Our public tours are limited as we are increasingly conducting private tours. If you are interested in a private tour or consultation, email LynnLandes@gmail.com / text 714-204-2690 or contact other tour guides at TOUR GUIDES, GROUPS, ORGs
GET AN APP & Use PFAF to help with plant identification & uses when out in the field.
CHECK OUT > "WILD FOODIES 101" PDF or PP for plant overview. Shorter version "WILD CUISINE" PDF or PP.
PRINT OUT > OUR MASTER LIST of Plant Profiles and CIRCLE the plants you can ID. It will build your confidence.
TAKE "20 STEPS" > TO LEARN 240+ PLANTS broken down into 20 groups for easier learning.
WATCH > Our ZOOM MEETUPS for 2021: FEB / MAR / APR / MAY / JUN / SEP / OCT
ASK The Philadelphia SchoolBoard@philasd.org & your local school to teach "Wild Plants And Their Uses".
START a Wild Foodies meetup in your town or neighborhood. It's a great way to meet really nice people!
- educate the public about wild edible plants*
- establish wild edible areas in public & private spaces
- work with schools, parks, preserves, businesses, etc.
- make wild plants a significant part of everyone's diet
- urge restaurateurs to offer wild foods and drinks
- encourage the public to landscape their yards with wild plants, vines, bushes, & trees
- encourage members to host their own meet-ups as guided tours or study groups
*We also support learning about wild animals and insects, but haven't focused on it, as yet.
POSTING GUIDELINES: Any member can send an email to the group and post a meetup, if the event is within approximately 100 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". Also see Tour Guide Tips. If you are interested in a private tour, email me at LynnLandes@gmail.com.
If you would like to support our mission you may send your donation to "Wild Foodies" in care of Lynn Landes LLC (address below). The Wild Foodies is not a non-profit, so there is no tax deduction. Your donation will go towards our costs and advertising. Hope to see you soon.
Forage on! With care!
Lynn Landes, Founder
217 S. Jessup Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
An Open Letter to Families, Farmers, Restaurants, Grocery Stores, and Educators by Lynn Landes
Wild Food deserves a place of honor at our kitchen table, farmers’ markets, grocery stores, restaurants, and schools. Why? Because “wild food” is nature's food and completely sustainable - it does not require human intervention for its survival. Homeowners can produce a great deal of their own food and medicine in their own yards, while public parks can let the public pick their produce. Wild food is a hot commodity gaining fast in popularity!
“Re-Wilding” is a growing movement around the world. The re-wilding movement recognizes the importance of growing wild foods in a natural setting and including them in our meals. Consuming wild foods also adds diversity and nutrition to our diet. Many plants that we call “weeds” are a vital source of food, fiber, and medicine. And more importantly, wild foods can make the difference between life or death in times of natural or man-made disasters.
Wild food constitutes an important second or co-harvest for farmers, which adds to their efficiency, productivity, and income. For many farmers, the number one “weed”, is Amaranth (a.k.a., pigweed). Yet Amaranth is also a “superfood” consumed by millions around the world as a tasty leafy vegetable and a seed grain. Purslane, Patience Dock, and Lamb’s Quarters also top the list of wild food for foragers to gather. Sadly, most farmers throw them out, missing out on a bumper crop of delicious delectables and pricey produce.
At the ritzy Rittenhouse Square Farmers’ Market in Philadelphia, renowned forager David Siller and his staff sell wild edibles like hotcakes, including Stinging Nettle, Fiddleheads, Garlic Mustard, and Ramps. And the public is showing phenomenal support.
The same could be said for The Wild Foodies of Philadelphia, a meetup group that I founded in 2010. Today we have over 6,000 members. Wild foodies are a very enthusiastic group who come from both the left and the right of the political spectrum to learn more about the food right under our feet. They all value what nature can provide and are somewhat distrustful of government and the marketplace. And they have a point.
To ignore wild food is to turn our backs on Mother Nature and common sense. Traditional agriculture, with its monoculture and rows of crops, invites disease and pests and is not sustainable. Whereas, your typical empty lot on any city is chock full of wild foods growing with wild abandon. That-right-there should tell us something.
We need wild foods to be recognized and honored for the priceless gift they are to humanity. Wild foods & medicines should be taught in our schools, sold in stores, served in restaurants, and celebrated for their nutrition and resilience. To that end, The Wild Foodies of Philly host a website full of resource information, free field guides, and sage advice. We invite the public to visit our website and join our meetup group. Munch on! With care!
Disclaimer: The information provided using this web site is only intended to be a general summary of information to the public. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information on this Web site. However, I make no warranties, expressed or implied, regarding errors or omissions and assume no legal liability or responsibility for any injuries resulting from the use of information contained within.