The Wild Foodies of Philly
In search of food beneath our feet!
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Welcome to The Wild Foodies of Philly! (Open Letter: "Wild Food - Nature's Gift")
Our main mission is to educate the public on the many uses of wild plants (and animals, sometimes) for food, fiber, and medicine. Wild edible plants and animals are the only truly sustainable food source in that they can reproduce themselves. So, it's important that we respect, explore, and know our Wild World. But we can't do it alone.
We need your help! We need more tour guides, both professionals and amateurs. You don't have to be an expert, just an enthusiast. See POSTING GUIDELINES below.
Foraging is surging in popularity globally. And the Wild Foodies of Philly is one of the largest foraging MEETUP Groups in the world. It's important to note that this is a collaborative effort. We learn from each other. Members are invited to come on as many tours as you like. Some are free and others have fees. The more you tour, the more you'll learn! The important thing is for people to come together to help each other identify, discuss, incorporate nature into their everyday lives. We really encourage you to keep your own scrapbook on these plants and animals. And on this webpage we have lots of information, links, and reference material to help get you started.
Herbicides & Pesticides: In order to make foraging in Philadelphia a safe and healthy experience, we advocate for a Toxic-Free Philly from dangerous herbicides and pesticides. In 2016, we performed an experiment at Boelson Cottage in Fairmount Park in which we proved that 5% undiluted household vinegar is safe and effective at discouraging and eliminating unwanted plants. see Vinegar Experiment
POSTING GUIDELINES: Any member can send an email to the group and post a meetup, if the event is within approximately 50 miles of Philadelphia. You just need to make “wild plants and/or animals" (for food, fiber, or medicine) the focus of your email or meetup, and not a minor feature. You do not need any knowledge of plants if you are simply organizing a group walk to learn about plants (as a collaborative exercise) and not charging a fee. If you need to control the size of the group, then you must contact me so that I can make you an "event organizer". Don't get too concerned about scheduling a meetup at the same time as other meetups. Our membership is big enough at this point that it shouldn't matter. Also see Tour Guide Tips.
STUDY GROUPS: Open meetups are great, but we also need to build local 'wild edible' communities where we live. We have members from several states and surrounding counties, but no one knows where the other lives! So, please consider starting a Wild Edibles STUDY GROUP in your neighborhood or region. This is a great opportunity to meet people who live near you and are also interested in wild edibles. FOR EXAMPLE, just post a meetup on our page and call it "The South Philly Study Group", letting people know that your meetup is only for South Philly residents. You can also start a photo album featuring your local members. And, consider posting your meetings on community calendars and local papers. People really deserve to know about this subject which is so vital to our health and well being.
I do free tour leader training and also lead free private tours on weekdays for students, chefs, and other interested groups. I also do free group tours in the Art Museum/Lemon Hill area. My contact info is below. However, I also encourage the hiring of professional foragers - see link above.
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Munch on! With Care!
Lynn Landes, Founder
217 S. Jessup Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107