The Wild Foodies of Philly
In search of the food beneath our feet!
TOUR GUIDES, LOCAL GROUPS, CRAFTERS, ETC:
Keep in mind - it is always up to you, the forager, to do your own plant research and check multiple sources.
We are always looking for more tour guides to spread the word. If you want to become a tour guide, contact LynnLandes@gmail.com Also see TOUR GUIDE TIPS.
POSTING GUIDELINES ON WILD FOODIES MEETUP: Only 'event organizers' can post a meetup. Contact LynnLandes@gmail.com for permission. The event should be within approximately 100 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 are not charging a fee.
All the tour guides below are not necessarily associated with Wild Foodies. They have a range of capabilities, no two tour guides are alike, and you must check on their availability. These are not certified foraging guides (as there is no such thing to our knowledge). Each guide makes their own financial arrangements. Some tours are free and others have a fee. It takes time, energy, and often money to host these tours, so compensation or a donation would be appreciated. In addition, you may also hire a tour guide to survey your property to assess what wild plants you already have, as well as which plants/vines/bushes/trees you may want to add.
Philly / SE PA / NJ TOUR GUIDES
Lynn Landes, Philly/SE PA/ NJ, firstname.lastname@example.org, 714-204-2690 / http://www.wildfoodies.org, Founder
Danni Morinich, Philly, email@example.com / https://www.landedgentress.com
- Alicia Rink, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA firstname.lastname@example.org
- Alyssa Schimmel - Philadelphia & Havertown, PA. email@example.com / https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=5726692
North of Philly:
- Ian Wingate, Reading, PA firstname.lastname@example.org
- Amethyst Bush, Bucks County, PA email@example.com
- Hugh Brenner, Phoenixville, PA firstname.lastname@example.org / https://www.meetup.com/phoenixville-foraging-meetup-group
- Gary Snyder - Allentown, PA email@example.com / Instagram: Bugeatingplants
- Elizabeth Kligge - Reading, PA firstname.lastname@example.org / 610-780-7770
West of Philly:
Rad Brylinksy, Delaware & Chester Counties (Ridley Creek State Park, Bonner Park, etc.), email@example.com
NEW JERSEY AREA TOUR GUIDES:
- Denise Devine firstname.lastname@example.org (Palmyra, NJ)
- Norma Lindbloom-Cruz email@example.com (Cape May, NJ)
- David Siller -- NJ http://www.yosoybean.com / firstname.lastname@example.org / 267-319-2733 / David also grows wild edibles for sale.
REGIONAL MUSHROOM INDIVIDUALS & GROUPS:
- Request to join Philadelphia Mycology Club here - http://phillymycoclub.com & https://www.facebook.com/groups/phillymycoclub / Instagram: @phillymycoclub
Bethany Teigen and Samantha Bucciarelli Co-organizers
- New group as of 7/30/22 - https://www.meetup.com/Philadelphia-Mushrooms-Meetup-Group/
- New Jersey Mycological Association (a NJ mushroom group that been around over 100 years)
- William Padilla-Brown https://www.mycosymbiotics.net New Cumberland, Pennsylvania
NATIONAL LIST OF LOCAL FORAGERS, TOURS, AND CLASSES: https://eattheplanet.org/foraging-tours-classes-and-groups-near-you/
LOCAL FOOD HISTORIANS & AUTHORS:
- Edible Flowers: A Global History http://maryanewman.com/books/ by Constance L. Kirker and Mary Newman
- Anita M. McKelvey http://thephiladelphiapepperproject.wordpress.com/about-me/
- Abbie Rosner, culinary historian: Ancient Foodways in the Contemporary Galilee Landscape!
LOCAL FOOD PROJECTS: Please work with your local urban garden folks and others to also grow & harvest wild edibles, because many are already there!
- http://www.phillyorchards.org SEE MAP - http://www.phillyorchards.org/orchards/map
- https://fallingfruit.org/ use to find fruit trees anywhere
- Philadelphia Food Harvest Map - http://maps.google Created in the summer of 2007 by David Siller, a farm educator for Weavers Way Farm, it now has dozens of entries, including ones with charming notes: "nice apple tree - get it before the kids do" and "feral hops on the dog park fence." http://www.philly.com/inquirer/food/
- GENDLER'S LIST of Philadelphia's Wild (not all edible) Plants: (UNDER CONSTRUCTION!) The photos are great! This is list is being re-organized to make identification for the beginner easier. So far, many of the plants to not include information on edibility. We'll work to identify those plants, or go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_plants_with_edible_leaves, although this list is in dispute. We're only about 1/3 through Gendler's List. (July 25, 2010)
- From Patrick Hurley, Ph.D. Ursinus College email@example.com Do you gather wild plants or mushrooms in Southeastern Pennsylvania? We’d like to talk with you. For more info: http://webpages.ursinus.edu/phurley/SuburbanForagingFlyer.pdf
- http://www.urbanfarming.org/ Just noticed the Triscuit connection http://www.urbanfarmi... Not sure about using them and their corporate partners who have worked against real foods, so use with caution.
LOCAL CRAFTERS IN LOCAL FIBER & BASKETRY:
- Steve Carty: http://www.pinelandsfolkmusic.com/basketry/steven_carty.html / OutskirtsNJ@gmail.com
- Basket group locator: http://www.countryseat.com/guildsNV-SC.htm