The Wild Foodies of Philly
   In search of the food beneath our feet!



Tour Guide Tips:
 

  1. Introduce yourself and (it's a good idea to) emphasize that you are an enthusiast, not an expert.  No one knows everything about wild edibles.  Even the experts sometimes disagree and can be wrong.
     
  2. Claiming to be an expert increases your liability. If you charge money, you should know quite a bit about wild edibles and be aware that you are also increasing your liability. You should have customers sign a waiver.
     
  3. Keep your tours to about 2 hours and plot an interesting walk. A circular route that includes a water feature is a great idea. Try not to over-talk the subject; people learn by doing (smell, taste, touch) and appreciate just being out-of-doors.
     
  4. Limit the size of your group. If a crowd gets too big, the experience is diminished.  You can open it to about 30 people if the tours are free, because often only 1/3 - 1/2 of those who sign up actually show up. But if they paid then almost all will show up, in which case you may want to limit the group to 10-20.  One-on-one tours are effective for people who really want to learn the subject.
     
  5. Make it a collaborative experience.  Invite everyone to make comments and ask questions as you do the tour. Tour guides can learn a lot from their students. That said, politely ask attendees not to speak while you're talking to the group.
     
  6. Take scissors, knife, and sometimes a spade for sampling.
     
  7. Public parks are for plant identifying and nibbling, not foraging, as a rule. Sometimes parks offer "weed" removal events, which is a great opportunity to forage.
     
  8. So, get out there and teach, learn, and have fun! 
     

Forage on!  With care!

Lynn Landes, Founder
LynnLandes@gmail.com