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Wild Edible & Medicinal Plant Walk June 11, 2016

Come to Standley Lake Nature Center from 9 – 11 am this Saturday for a chance to learn about the edible and medicinal plants growing wild in our area. I will be exploring the immediate area around the Nature Center for late Spring plants and what they are good for! This is a good introduction to local wild edibles and some of their medicinal properties as well. See you then!

Spring Walk & Talk April 12th

It’s Spring time, time  for the Urban Forager to kick into high gear and start those fascinating discussions about the wild edibles in your yard and in your neighborhoods. The wild Spring greens are very valuable for tuning up your body gently and easily, as well as being loaded with vitamin and mineral goodness. Every season brings its own delightful wild plants, free for the picking, and each walk is focused on different ones you can use for your benefit. Come join me by signing up for the First Wild Edible Spring Walk of 2014.

If you are busy this Saturday and can’t come to Sustainability Park, think about getting some of your neighbors together for a talk & walk in your own neighborhood! Contact me and we can do it on your schedule. Everyone benefits from knowing what’s edible and free! Sign up by going to the live link under First Wild Edible Walk of the Spring!

Happy Foraging!

Last Wild Edible Walk of the Season!!!

As the summer winds down, albeit slowly, the weeds are also on their way to Autumn shapes and colors. This is a fine time to see what to do to harvest wild amaranth seeds, and which plants to flag for picking even under snow! All the regular characters are still present and available and so one more weed walk is called for!! Come learn about eating, saving, harvesting, and using these wonderful plants for home remedies. Sign up at: We are meeting on Saturday, September 14th from 9 – 11 am, so make sure you sign up and show up! It’s going to be another Wild Walk!

The Wild Foraging Season Has Begun!

Get ready to start picking and eating from your yard and garden! The young Spring plants are starting to show themselves and the next Wild Edible Walk of the season is May 11th, this Saturday! Join me at 9 am on the corner of 44th Avenue & Vallejo Street in the Sunnyside neighborhood to see what we can find out there to eat!  To sign up and read more about this event go to:–events.html



First Wild Edible Walk of Spring!

There is a new link on this site for the First Wild Edible Walk of the season. Space is limited, so get your name on the list now! This is going to be surprising and fun! On April 13th we will be finding out what is emerging for a really tiny, yummy, nutrient rich salad. Don’t miss this one…or if you do, book me for your yard and neighborhood. Let’s see what we can find.

Best Weeds Ever? In your Garden!

Last night I was invited to speak about edible weeds at a community garden potluck at Ellis Elementary School. As you most often find with gardeners, the food was outstanding, and there was a very special dish exactly to my liking! As soon as I saw it, I knew it was made with the wild vegetables commonly called weeds. The woman who made it is originally from Afghanistan and her seasonings were just delicious! Just the right combinations of savory and spicy with a nice level of heat!

As our discussion of weeds moved through sour grass, purslane, dandelions, pigweed, lambs quarters, chickweed and dock, this woman kept nodding her head and saying “Oh, yes, we eat this.” I could not begin to tell you the names she used! However these little friends of mine are found in countries around the world, that is perfectly clear!

[Another woman commented that she had gone on a trip to Iceland and points north where dandelions still grew! These plants are so good for you, and found everywhere. Doesn’t that tell you something?]

Finally I stopped talking and asked my new friend to show me what she picked and cooked for the supper. Spreading her hands over a place that was not anyone’s garden plot, she told me she just pulled out the grass (unwanted it turns out) and cut off everything else with scissors and cooked it! There in a 3’x3’ plot was a wonderful combination of pigweed, lambs quarters, purslane, and some mustard – all tiny and all so tasty! Simple and delicious greens for dinner? A big YES in my Urban Forager book!

So next time you are weeding your garden, set aside the edible weeds for dinner while your other greens grow. You’ll have twice the amount of produce from your beds and lots more nutrition! You also know exactly what’s been done to the ground and don’t have to guess if they are safe! Ahhhhh! That’s the good life!

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