The Wild Foodies of Philly
In search of food beneath our feet!
JOIN OUR MEETUP of 5,700+ members for tours, events, & Plant-of-the-Week!
this time of various health concerns, learn about our wild
particularly Plantain / Plantago - Nature's Medicine Cabinet!
START HERE > WATCH "WILD FOODIES 101" PDF to familiarize yourself with local wild edible plants!
PRINT OUT > OUR MASTER LIST of Plant Profiles and CIRCLE the plants you learn. It will build your confidence!
TAKE "20 STEPS" > TO LEARN 320+ PLANTS broken down into 20 groups for easier learning!
GET AN APP > to help with plant identification. None are perfect, but they can be helpful!
ASK The Philadelphia School District to teach 'Wild' Plants for Food, Fiber, & Medicine! SchoolBoard@philasd.org
WATCH > our ZOOM MEETUPS for 2021: FEB / MAR / APR / MAY / JUN / SEP / OCT
tastes, textures, prep.
Welcome to The Wild Foodies of Philly (see "Open Letter" below)
The Wild Foodies of Philly is a 5700+ member meetup group who, since 2010, have conducted educational tours of wild plants for their use as food, fiber, and medicine. Wild edible plants and animals are very important to humanity because they are the only truly sustainable food source, in that they can reproduce themselves without human help. So, it is vital 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 about the wide variety of wild plants available. The Wild Foodies created this “resource website” which contains a wealth of information, as well as a link to our meetups. Although some tours have a fee, most 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 plants, vines, bushes, & trees
- encourage members to host their own meet-ups as guided tours or study groups
POSTING GUIDELINES: Any member can send an email to the group and post a meetup, if the event is within approximately 60 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.
We do not accept donations, but here are some suggestions:
Hope to see you on one of our tours! 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
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. Plus, 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.
This Spring 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 5,200 wild 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 free meetup group. Munch on! With care!
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