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Vancouver’s Indigenous community fights to save native plants at risk

Lori Snyder believes that indigenous plants should be incorporated into daily diets to improve lifestyle (Sharon Nadeem)

Indigenous herbalists are working to preserve their traditional sources of food and medicine

By Sharon Nadeem, Seher Asaf,
CBC News
May 07, 2017


A tiny park in central Vancouver surrounded by skyscrapers, a stadium and a concrete parking lot looks like the kind of place that would be hostile to indigenous plants.

But to Métis herbalist Lori Snyder, Hinge Park is a “treasure trove.” She visits the park to fill her basket with indigenous plants, and conducts tours to share her knowledge of traditional medicines.

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May 12, 2017   Comments Off on Vancouver’s Indigenous community fights to save native plants at risk

The Joy of Foraging


Gary Lincoff’s Illustrated Guide to Finding, Harvesting, and Enjoying a World of Wild Food

By Gary Lincoff
Quarry Books

Discover the edible riches in your backyard, local parks, woods, and even roadside! In The Joy of Foraging, Gary Lincoff shows you how to find fiddlehead ferns, rose hips, beach plums, bee balm, and more, whether you are foraging in the urban jungle or the wild, wild woods. You will also learn about fellow foragers—experts, folk healers, hobbyists, or novices like you—who collect wild things and are learning new things to do with them every day.

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April 3, 2016   Comments Off on The Joy of Foraging

Pacific Northwest Foraging


120 wild and flavorful edibles from Alaska blueberries to wild hazelnuts

By Douglas Deur
Timber Press

The Pacific Northwest offers a veritable feast for foragers. The forests, meadows, streambanks, and even the weedy margins of neighborhoods are home to an abundance of delicious wild edible plants. Discover wild lilies with their peppery flowers, buds, and seeds and use them in your spring salads. Select sweet, succulent thistles or the shoots of invasive Himalayan blackberries and Japanese knotweed to add wonderful flavor to hearty soups.

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March 28, 2016   Comments Off on Pacific Northwest Foraging

A Walk on the Wild (Edibles) Side in Berkeley

Mark Bittman samples plants growing along the sidewalks of Oakland, Calif., with Philip Stark and Tom Carlson from the University of California, Berkeley.
Not only can wild edibles be sold at markets and to restaurants, they’re essential in maintaining soil health

By Mark Bittman
New York Times
Jul. 9, 2015
(Must see. Mike)


With Stark and Carlson, everything was different. We parked our car at a corner in West Oakland and within seconds these gents were pointing out sow thistle, mallow, dock, sourgrass, and nearly everything else you see here. Most of it was good enough to eat on the spot; some of it would’ve benefited from cooking. A portion … well, I’d ignore.

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July 10, 2015   Comments Off on A Walk on the Wild (Edibles) Side in Berkeley

Calgary groups raise awareness of urban wild foods

Wild Foods in the Urban Economy

By Matt Hanson
The Media Co-op
Dec 7, 2012


Despite Calgary Parks and Pathways Bylaw 20M2003, which prohibits wild foods harvesting by virtue of prohibiting any act to intentionally “damage, dig, cut, disturb or destroy any park vegetation, whether alive or dead,” there is a growing interest in wild foods harvesting.

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December 8, 2012   1 Comment

Urban Foragers Cropping Up in U.S.

Forager Rebecca Lerner plucking chickweed. Photo by Blair Ryan.

Seattle foragers pick 250 different species of plants

By Rachel Kaufman
National Geographic
Sept. 2, 2010


In Sacramento, they pick figs, kumquats, and plums from public trees. In New York, they harvest purslane–an edible flower–from the cracks in the sidewalk. Down south, it’s fiddlehead ferns, and just about everywhere, people are picking black walnuts, wild mushrooms, and dandelion greens.

Urban foraging–gathering fruit, vegetables, and other useful things from parks, lawns, and sidewalks–isn’t a new thing. But as more urbanites become aware of the free bounty surrounding them, new issues are–pardon the pun–cropping up. When a public park’s berry patch is raided, whose responsibility is it to make sure there are some left for everyone to enjoy? What about pesticides?

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September 25, 2010   Comments Off on Urban Foragers Cropping Up in U.S.

The Abundance Handbook – A guide to Urban Fruit Harvesting

Illustration by Monika Mitkute

The Abundance Handbook – A guide to Urban Fruit Harvesting (Learning from our experiences of harvesting in Sheffield, England)

The Abundance Handbook
Published by Grow Sheffield, 2009
Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England

Abundance harvests trees across the city on industrial waste sites, roadsides, the grounds of mansions and back yards. We harvest a range of soft fruit, top fruit and nuts. Over fifty volunteers of all ages and from many different backgrounds harvest and process the fruit. Fruit is distributed to Surestarts, community groups, community cafes and individuals across Sheffield.

We receive tip-offs by word of mouth, text and email as to where to find ripe fruit trees. The greatest journey any fruit travels from tree to mouth is five miles often by bike and trailer. We have found at least fifty varieties of apples and more than twenty varieties of pears. We give away hundreds of fruits and lots of freshly pressed juice. Tree owners are offered the first share of fresh fruit.

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July 11, 2009   Comments Off on The Abundance Handbook – A guide to Urban Fruit Harvesting

Can a City Girl Live Off Wild Food For a Week in Portland?

Photo: “Wild Girl” Becky Lerner
Both the white and blue flowers in the photo above are camas. The white one will kill you, but the blue one is food. The native people of the Portland area considered blue camas root a staple. It took three days of cooking in underground fire pits to make it edible. The bulb is said to taste like a sugary, sweet potato.

From May 24 through May 30, local “Wild Girl” Becky Lerner will be eating an entirely wild diet as she forages from sidewalks, parks, wilderness areas and yards in Portland. There will be no dumpster diving or mooching off gardens – Lerner will be surviving on wild edibles only.

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May 20, 2009   1 Comment

African Indigenous Vegetables in Urban Agriculture – forthcoming book


Edited by Charlie Shackleton, Margaret Pasquini, Axel Drescher
Published by Earthscan Publications Ltd.
320 pp., June 2009

This book provides a comprehensive synthesis of current knowledge of the potential and challenges associated with the multiple roles, use, management and livelihood contributions of indigenous vegetables in urban agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa. There has been growing research and policy effort around urban agriculture in the region over the last two decades, but never has it been integrated with work on under-researched crops such as indigenous vegetables. These species have multiple advantages, including low input requirements, adaptability to African environments, high nutritional value and marked biodiversity, cultural and local food security significance.

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December 18, 2008   Comments Off on African Indigenous Vegetables in Urban Agriculture – forthcoming book

Cabbage – Sauerkraut – Krautini – another drink from our garden

Cabbage to Krautini from Michael Levenston on Vimeo. Click on the video to go to the Vimeo High Definition (HD) version.
Also see alternative HD High Definition version on YouTube.

Sarah loves ‘magical sauerkraut’ and makes it regularly with freshly picked cabbages from the garden. Using her knowledge of nutrition and bartending, she shows us how to make a Krautini.

Krautini Recipe:
2 shots vodka
1 shot home-made sauerkraut juice

Combine ingredients into martini shaker and pour into a glass and enjoy. Garnish with olives and a sprig of sauerkraut.

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November 18, 2008   Comments Off on Cabbage – Sauerkraut – Krautini – another drink from our garden

Garden Giants Emerge – more edible mushrooms

Our Maria is not just a Bug Lady, she’s a ‘Mushroom Lady’ as well. Hidden amongst the large squash leaves in the Youth Garden are some wonderful edible mushrooms she started last spring. Maria shows us how she grew her King Stropharia – Garden Giants.

See this piece about Garden Giants. ‘Grow edible mushrooms in your vegetable garden!’ By Carolyn Herriot

September 9, 2008   Comments Off on Garden Giants Emerge – more edible mushrooms

Community Gardens Make a Comeback in British Columbia First Nations Communities

Photo: In Canim Lake, the BEADS project teaches horticultural techniques and traditional gathering and preserving of indigenous foods.

Victoria, B.C. – August 19, 2008
First Nations communities around B.C. are reclaiming their horticultural roots, thanks to a joint federal provincial funding program.

In the last five years, almost 40 communities have received grants through the Aboriginal Agriculture Initiative (AAI) to establish community and allotment gardens, build greenhouses and watering systems, and buy tools, bedding plants and seeds. The intention, according to Archie Deneault, chair of the AAI Advisory Committee, is to help Aboriginal people achieve self-sufficiency through participation in viable, diverse agri-food opportunities.

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August 19, 2008   2 Comments

Saskatoon Berries and Ice Cream

Once a year we get to taste the exotic Saskatoon Berry, which is mainly grown in the Prairies. The Saskatoon Berries have a wilder flavour than Blueberries and we have to be quick to harvest them before the birds. Julia shows us the right way to pick them – have a bowl of ice cream with you at the bush.

July 16, 2008   Comments Off on Saskatoon Berries and Ice Cream

Mojito – a Drink You Can Make in the Garden

Sheryl shows us how we can put all that mint growing in our Demonstration Garden to good use. This traditional Cuban highball should probably be made after work, not at ten in the morning when we put it together.

July 16, 2008   Comments Off on Mojito – a Drink You Can Make in the Garden

Where The Wild Things Are


“For the past four years, Grubb has been acquainting himself with the medicinal and nutritional qualities of these plants that thrive on neglect, often in poor soils, on marginal land. He is an urban forager: a student of nourishing foods that can be gathered for free in the city. On this glorious morning the weedscape looks idyllic: the hawthorn and wild roses are in flower and birds are singing in the tree tops.”

Link to article “Where The Wild Things Are”.

Link to website “Eat The Suburbs”.

December 24, 2007   Comments Off on Where The Wild Things Are