What are some foods people can safely and legally forage in the U.S. that they might not be aware of?
Food is growing all around us, whether in deep nature or growing in the cracks between the sidewalks, even in the busiest cities around the world. Almost everywhere there are “weeds” that grow that are both delicious and nutritious.
Fruit trees grow all over and often there is an incredible bounty falling to the sidewalk and going to waste. Mushrooms are also abundant and for that I recommend finding a local teacher who can take you out.
How can people stay safe when foraging?
The number one rule of foraging is to only eat something if you are 100 percent certain of what it is. If you follow that simple rule, then there is nothing to worry about.
I recommend searching out local foragers and going with them to learn about the edible plants of your area. If you can’t find that then try finding local resources such as books.
What are the biggest lessons you learned?
It takes a community. It might seem like this was an individual project, but it was far from that. Everything that I was able to achieve was through the knowledge of thousands of people before me. I think the solution to most of our problems lies in community. We must come together in local communities and as a global humanity to overcome the times we are in and create a more sustainable and just world.