The Fun of Urban Foraging. Wild Girl Goes Urban Foraging in Portland. Photos via Culture ChangeUrban foraging is gaining appeal among more people as a way to gather up the free bounty of wild plants that still thrive in city settings.
However, it's not an easy thing to do - at least not at first. You need to be able to identify plants, know rules about public property, and enjoy cooking up food that we're used to seeing as weeds. Ecolocalizer let us know about Becky Lerner, AKA Wild Girl, a blogger who has taken on the task of eating only what she can forage from her Portland, Oregon urban forest. Lerner is blogging at Culture Change about her experience. And no, this isn't urban foraging like a freegan out of dumpsters or restaurant back doors. She writes: Most of what I know comes from spending time with knowledgeable friends who are herbalists, survivalists, ethnobotanists and primitive skills enthusiasts. Many of us think gathering anything in a city setting that doesn't look like the produce we buy at the grocery store is a bit on the risky side. Urban foraging - ethical? Justin Rowlatt - 8 Nov 06, 02:47 PM We hear a great deal about how we should buy food locally as a way of reducing “food miles”, that is, the distance our food has to travel before it reaches our plates.
So what could be more ethical than picking fruit from trees on the streets around my house? The Ethical producer, Sara, confiscated my car back in April so I’ve had the opportunity to watch the local fruit trees blossom and the fruit ripen on the boughs. I’ve seen the apples swell to maturity, the wine-dark grapes take on their yeasty bloom and the figs blush purple. Yet nature’s bounty has remained untouched. So are Ethical men and women like me allowed to reap this rich harvest? Urban Foraging with Leda Meredith - Green Edge NYC * Community for a Sustainable Future. Urban Foraging with Leda Meredith Green Edge NYC and wild edible and medicinal plant expert Leda Meredith invite you to sign up for an morning of urban foraging in Prospect Park.
Leda will be sharing her wisdom and teaching participants how to identify edibles in the urban terrain. At the end of the foraging walk, participants will have a chance to sample the treats including wild edible ingredients and conduct a Q&A with Leda. Urban foraging. Top 10 Ways to Forage in Los Angeles - Los Angeles Restaurants and Dining - Squid Ink. Click to enlarge Willy Blackmore What's there to eat?
Spring means many things in Southern California--the end of citrus season, the beginning of masses of bright green reappearing in local farmers' markets--but it is not associated with the food-gathering traditions long upheld elsewhere in the country. The first somewhat warm, wet months that follow winter bring about morel hunts in the Midwest, ramp digs in Appalachia, fiddlehead fern gathering in New England. Like the king of wild ingredients, the truffle, these highly season, intensely local foods are loved not just for their taste, but for the traditions which have built up around their seasons, the effort needed to experience their aromas, flavors and textures.
But other than hoping a plane to Iowa and somehow convincing a seasoned mushroom hunter to take you to his or her most treasured tract of woods (author's note: this is goddamn impossible, and I can say that from experience. Foraging The Weeds For Wild, Healthy Greens. Can we come up with a tasty, healthful salad, just by foraging the urban neighborhood around NPR's Washington, D.C., office?
That would be the ultimate in locally grown food. Top 10 ways to forage for free food - Times Online. The modern harvest — Urban foragers share the wealth. In some circles, it’s known as “urban foraging.”
Or “urban crop sharing,” or “urban communism.” The terms all describe a growing movement that brings together diverse lovers of produce, freebies, and practical idealism. The goal? Urban Foraging and Guerrilla Gardening. One trend that has really caught my interest lately (to the chagrin of certain hygiene-obsessed boyfriends) is urban foraging.
No, I'm not talking about the Freegans. (Call me elitist, but—although I love the idea of reducing waste—I hate the idea of Dumpster-diving; if you're not similarly inclined, you can find out more about that movement here). I'm talking about foraging for free fruits, vegetables, and other "wild food" around the city. A whole bunch of web guides to these free food locations have sprung up in cities around the US—particularly in Portland, Ore., where the Urban Edibles web site ("A community database of wild food sources in Portland, OR") includes a frequently updated Google map with dozens of detailed location descriptions (for example: "Pear Tree @ N Albina and Failing: Good sized, yellow pear tree on the NW corner.
Small italian plum is next to it. ") Don't take more than you need. The idea of urban harvesting is appealing on several levels. At Vacant Homes, Foraging for Fruit. She noticed something else.
Those forlorn yards were peppered with overgrown gardens and big fruit trees, all bulging with the kind of bounty that comes from the high heat and afternoon thunderstorms that have defined Atlanta’s summer. So she began picking. First, there was a load of figs, which she intends to make into jam for a cafe that feeds homeless people. Then, for herself, she got five pounds of tomatoes, two kinds of squash and — the real prize — a Sugar Baby watermelon.
“I don’t think of it as stealing,” she said. Of course, a police officer who catches her might not agree with Ms. But as the world of urban fruit and vegetable harvesting grows, the boundaries around where to grow and pick produce are becoming more elastic. Over the last few years, in cities from Oakland, Calif., to Clemson, S.C., well-intentioned foraging enthusiasts have mapped public fruit trees and organized picking parties. There are government efforts to turn abandoned land into food, too.