Join Foraging Groups To Save The Planet

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Foraging for edible weeds, flowers, and nuts is becoming an increasingly popular trend. Not only is it a long-term solution to decades of monoculture, but it helps reduce our strain on the planet’s resources. If you’re interested in trying your hand at foraging and wild eating, you’re not alone. Here’s how to get involved with foraging groups in your area, including some resources for getting plugged into a local community.

Why Foraging Groups?

Foraging is the process of understanding, caring, and protecting the world around us. While it affords the pleasures of natural eating with a greater appreciation for the planet, it can be so much more than that. Foraging is the "food bank of the future," allowing us to be more mindful about our eating habits, the way we treat the Earth, and how we make sustainable choices. Foraging is also a process that makes real, scalable impacts on our communities by reducing strain on overtaxed vegetables. In fact, research suggests that farmers could make an additional 20 to 40 percent  just on the sale of foraged materials. 

Resources for Learning About Foraging

Foraging can’t be learned overnight. Some of the world’s most prolific foragers have been studying for decades, in fact. If you’re looking to just get started, however, here are a number of resources that can help. 

  • Foraging Blogs: Through the power of blogging, the world of wild edibles can be comfortably at your fingertips. Botanical Arts Press, the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, and Grow Forage Cook Ferment are wonderful starting points.

  • Foraging Videos: I personally love YouTube resources like Rob Greenfield and The WildFed Podcast  – especially since you can watch or listen from anywhere. You can also find paid classes or videos. 

  • Foraging Books: Not only do foraging books look great on your shelf, but they make a beautiful resource for long-term learning. The book Incredible Wild Edibles by Samuel Thayer is considered to be one of the best starting guides, but other versions of his work such as The Forager's Harvest are also available.

  • Foraging Clubs: The more you surround yourself with like-minded individuals, the faster you’ll pick up on the details. Join a foraging group in your area to find a learning community. 

How To Find Foraging Groups Near You

Before getting started, keep in mind that the following American states do not have an active or nationally recognized foraging group: Alaska, Arkansas, Hawaii, North Dakota, and South Dakota. 

This is bound to change in the future, as new foraging groups are continuously launched and reconfigured. If you’re willing to travel to adjacent states (or be really active on a Facebook Group), there may still be opportunities for you. Here are some great resources for finding foraging groups in your area.

  1. Eat The Planet. This incredible website has all sorts of resources for finding groups, clubs, and classes in your area. While it might not have every group listed online, Eat The Planet is a wonderful place to start.

  2. Find A Forager. Using Find A Forager, you can browse a massive list of email addresses, websites, and other contact information to connect with a forager near you.

  3. Meetup: Find foraging enthusiasts all over the U.S. with Meetup. Many of the groups listed host regular events and club meetings. 

  4. Eat The Weeds. Looking for a foraging group outside of the U.S.? Eat The Weeds provides an extensive list of national and international experts, along with their contact information. 

The Bottom Line 

No matter how you choose to get involved, rest assured that foraging is one of the most meaningful hobbies you could ever learn. Discover new things about local flora, invest in sustainable harvesting, and ultimately reconnect with your food and then planet.

Tags: Environment, gardening, Sustainability

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