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Preparing for Wild Edible Tours for 2014

I’m getting excited about starting some tours this year. I thought I’d start putting some notes out about the process. I want everybody following me to know that I do plan on several tours this year. I will be out foraging and learning myself quite a bit as well but many of those trips will be spur of the moment. I will also have many planned trips for those interested in learning. This post is to explain some details about what to expect with those classes.

Each planned outdoor class will run for several hours and may even take up half a day. There is a lot to show and a lot to learn while we are out there and I hope that those who come will be serious and have a desire to learn. You may not want to bring young children but if you do be sure to have some food and water for them (as for yourself) and something to keep them entertained. these forages are not always fun for kids and we will be talking about specifics of identifying plants. It’s a lot of learning stuff. 🙂

We will likely learn to identify several different plants while we are out and then spend time as a group individually discussing those plants and searching for them to be sure we can tell the differences and identify plants correctly.

I do not know how to identify all of the hundreds of thousands of plants that exist in Utah but I hope to be able to learn continually about many of those that are useful and to share that knowledge. I’d like to leave a list here of some items that are helpful when coming on these tours and classes.

  1. Water to drink
  2. Snacks to keep you and kids happy
  3. Wild edibles books
  4. Notepad or electronic device to take notes
  5. Camera
  6. Spray bottle to clean foraged foods
  7. Small shovel or pick
  8. White plastic bags or small buckets for collection

Stay in touch for upcoming events and classes and email me if you have any questions or information to share.

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Barter for wild edibles education

I started a meetup group last year that I just closed. I don’t see a reason to pay for communicating when and where we will have tours and classes on wild edibles and the other skills I will be discussing. I am interested in feedback on some ideas for this year as we get close to better weather that will allow foraging.

I’m thinking about doing some bartering for classes rather than only allowing cash payment. What do you think? Would this help more of you come out?
I spend a lot of time researching when I can to learn about the wild edibles we have around us but when scheduling time away from my family to teach others I like to have people show up and compensation for my time is nice to help me feel that it is worth doing. If people don’t show it does get a bit frustrating so give me some feedback.
What is a good price you would be willing to pay for learning good information about wild edibles?
Would you be interested in bartering tools, knowledge or food/water for a class?
Let’s discuss it and get some good ideas out so we can all enjoy a great year this year becoming more prepared.

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Winter Edibles and Foraging

This was meant to be published last November. I have been up to Midway since and we are still in the dead of winter here and still not a lot out there. I can’t wait for it to warm up. Here is my winter post:

I took a scouting trip up to Midway and Heber Utah this past weekend. We had the first real snow of the year for the valleys in Utah and it was gorgeous up there. Once again I was amazed at the bounty that nature offers and was thrilled to be able to identify many wild edibles in the area. We stayed at Johnson Mill bed and breakfast in Midway and enjoyed spectacular views of the country from our balcony.

Johnson Mill, Midway Utah


Johnson Mill Waterfall

There were many crabapple trees nearby and I even saw some currant bushes in the area although there were no berries to be found at this time of year. Identifying edibles in the winter, even if not currently edible or providing the food they can offer later, is important because then you know where to look when they are in season. This is something I have learned over the years as I have learned about foraging wild edibles.

Here is a list of some of the things you can still find available in the winter months.

  • Burdock root
  • Yellow dock root
  • Yellow dock leaves
  • Dandelion (whole plant)
  • Wintercress
  • Watercress