Wild Foodies of Philly
search of the food beneath our feet!
Tour Guide Tips:
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Take scissors, knife, and
sometimes a spade for sampling.
are for plant identifying and nibbling, not foraging, as a rule. Sometimes
parks offer "weed" removal events, which is a great opportunity to forage.
So, get out
there and teach, learn, and have fun!
on! With care!
Lynn Landes, Founder