Wild foods are an excellent source of nutrition, and with little to no effort, they can provide this resource freely, for everyone. Perhaps one of the most important impacts this can have is in improving the lives of our communities. There is a very real need in both urban and rural areas across our country for resources like these. What’s missing isn’t systems or opportunities, but knowledge. Propagating wild species of edible plants not only provides a sustainable resource for human communities, it helps to restore valuable natural habitat as well. The lasting benefit of this effort is providing people a tangible reason to conserve and desire the natural environment in their daily lives.
There is a need for this knowledge; it has the potential to aid and improve the lives of so many. But the need is not just ours. Our land needs us to see it for what it truly is too. For the giving, beautiful place it truly is.
Working with people and communities to discover how the natural resources around them can enrich their lives and provide a greater sense of security is perhaps the greatest goal I hope to achieve. Talking with groups and holding workshops is another excellent way to empower others to teach and share this information too.
Below are the projects I have worked on, or am currently working on.
The Wild Foods Garden project
In Bryan, Texas I established a “Wild Foods Garden” with the local city government. It was free and open to the public, providing a variety of local wild vegetables, fruits and herbs. There was no irrigation, no fertilizers or soil amendments and no pesticides used. The species grown were wild-crafted from local specimens and propagated either by root cuttings or from seed. The project lasted about 1 year and free classes were held once a month for the public on the various benefits and uses of the species grown, and how they could be propagated at home. To read all about this project, click here.
Urban Family Garden project
An evolving, experimental project cultivating and monitoring the impacts and benefits of planting with edible species of wild plants in my family’s home gardens. This project involves our personal home, and so it provides the opportunity to try new methods of propagation with different species and closely observe how they react as well as the benefits they provide for the local micro-habitat, as well as my family’s diet! To read more about this ongoing project, please click here.
If you’re interested in holding a class or workshop for your group, or are interested in a garden project and want more information, please fill out the form below and I would be glad to work with you.