Saturday, April 5, 2008

Foraging Concerns

It didnt even occur to me until recently,
but someone could totally eat something crazy
and blame me because I somehow inspired them to
get into wild foraging. is the disclaimer.

I eat wild foods. I have gone on wild food walks
with the Wildman Steve Brill, and own
various wild food manuals and flash cards.

IF you are deciding to re-wild, I suggest you know
what you are eating. Dandelion is probably the easiest,
as is Wood Sorrel and Maple Leaves.

I take no responsibility if you get inspired and go
out and make yourself a hemlock smoothie. Sorry.

Here is an old saying:

"There are old mushroom pickers,
and stupid mushroom pickers,
but you will never find an old AND stupid mushroom picker."

Go to www.,
learn about what you want to eat
and make sure you know what you are putting in your body.
You wouldnt eat some crazy stuff out of the grocery store
anymore, so please still use the same caution when getting
stuff from the wild.

You might also want to taste little teeny bits of anything
just to see how you react to it.
Dont go out and make a green smoothie of foxglove.
A little foxglove and you would likely still survive,
a green smoothie...adios.

Get a good book. What you spend on it will be nothing
compared to the FREE wild greens you will soon be getting.
Its a small investment considering the skyrocketing health
you can experience soon afterwards.

Cool? Cool. Dont be crazy. Learn and then re-wild.
Glad to inspire...just don't get yourself sick or killed.
We all love you WAY too much.



Anonymous said...

Haha good ole Wolfy showing the goods on you-a tub-a!!!

I wonder if there is a plant that taste like Raw Lasagna!?

When I find it... I'll let you know!

-Raw Vegan Steven : )

Yuna Solon said...

Thanks so much! This is the kind of information about wilding that I've bee looking for. Like, how exactly to learn how to pick wild greens! Much love and blessings! Thanks for representing for us raw food vegans! :D

Isle Dance said...

And be sure to research whether your foraging area is sprayed with chemicals or if people are going potty there. Roadsides can be some of the most chemical-laden places to pluck from nature. Think clean.

Anonymous said...

So, I've been thinking about farming and pesticide use lately, and it's brought up some thoughts and questions.

If you grow all of your own food pesticide free, what happens if an insect/fungus/frost destroys all that you have grown? What do you do? Pesticides were obviously created to save crops from destruction, and they actually date back to 2000 BC, perhaps even earlier.

If you look at the history of devastating plagues that have claimed millions of lives, they were all caused by bugs and fungus (bubonic plague, yellow fever, potato famine). These pesicides were created to save people from these, and to keep the human population from starvation.

I'm not supporting the use of pesticides whatsoever; I'm very aware that many (most) of them are dangerous. But, I think that farming is vital to the human race. I don't think that we can depend on wild foraging and growing everything in our backyard to live. At one point in the history of mankind, this is what we did, and it didn't work (lifespan was shorter, people fought over food, etc...). This is why a "society" is necessary. We must depend upon each other to live.

:) Anna

Anthony said...


Those problems really only effect weakened plants grown in demineralized soil and usually always in MONOculture type growing styles.

Hundreds of acres of corn is going to be a problem if you are faced with a pest that likes corn. But if you practice permaculture and have plants intermingled and also have beneficial insects and animals to keep pests in check, you have nothing to worry about.

The thing is...we shouldnt be growing that much food. Its not natural. If you have your 2 acre plot, you are able to keep tabs on your plants and will be able to remedy a situation if pests become involved.

These are problems facing modern commercial agriculture. Not permaculture. That is the whole idea of permaculture...creating a self-sustaining ecosystem that keeps itself balanced.

The modern commercial system of growing food is completely dependent on fossil fuels and is not sustainable and is poisoning this planet and all of its inhabitants.

If you had 2 acres, and each of your neighbors had two acres, and they were covered in fruit trees and vegetable gardens, you would never need to go to the grocery store again.

Pests can only feed on weak plants grown with weak techniques. Thats the end of the story.

Thank you for bringing the issue up though...Im sure it was crossing the minds of many other people out there. Thanks for contributing.

Much love,


Azura Skye said...


It's cool to see you are interested in re-wilding - but (and not to sound negative or anything) but wild food is there for the wild creatures! Where we can grow our own and go to buy food, animals have no such luxury and depend on the wild foods all around for their survival.
I'm sure you know this - but this could be added to your disclaimer perhaps?
Respect the wildlife- let them eat! : D

thank you !


Alexandra said...

Anthony is correct when he says that the world of industrialized agri business is a whole other monster. French journalist Marie-Monique Robin created a great documentary entitled "The World According to Monsanto" which is a multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation. It is the world's leading producer of the herbicide glyphosate, marketed as "Roundup". Monsanto is also by far the leading producer of genetically engineered seed, holding 70%–100% market share for various crops (****which farmers cant grow without the use of ROUNDUP****) - how messed up is that!!....

here is a link to the documentary: much love to everyone!! xoxo

Michelle J said...

Anthony, i support you on this!! 2acres and lots of love! Go for it dude! :O)

yardsnacker said...

Yea on re-wilding! Love my nettle juice! :D

Mueller said...

If you ever need a foraging partner I'm eager to learn.

'Mom, I have started foraging for wild greens in central park. Things like dandelion and the sorts. Yes, yes it's totally safe. I promise not to eat anything questionable.'