Indian Country Today: Two articles about 2013 Wild Food Summit Written by Mary Annette Pember

KFAI radio produced piece on the 2011 Wild Food Summit

4:52 minutes long Forager’s Harvest is author Sam Thayer’s website. The mission of the site is to promote foraging – the pastime of responsibly harvesting and utilizing wild food – by providing knowledge. We do this through articles, publications, classes, workshops, presentations, and consulting. At Forager’s Harvest we look at wild food from many angles of interest: health and nutrition, gourmet cooking, wilderness survival, thrift, self-reliance. We also believe that responsible foraging builds environmental awareness and is the most ecologically sustainable method of procuring food. But more than anything, harvesting wild food satisfies a deep desire to connect with our roots and participate in Nature.  We forage because we love to, and invite others to join us.


Midwest Wild Harvest Festival This festival invites people of all ages, backgrounds, and experience levels. Held at the beginning of the fall harvest season, the festival is a celebration of the Midwest’s bounty of wild food. The weekend combines recreation and education into an unforgettable experience. Participants will learn about wild edibles and their uses from knowledgeable instructors and speakers. There will be activities for children and adults, field trips, presentations, demonstrations, a cooking contest, a potluck banquet, music, and lots of hands-on activities. You’ll have a chance to interact with other foraging enthusiasts from around the region and beyond. Great way to learn about issues around wild rice and its importance. The twin-cities based North Country Herbalist Guild presents monthly a broad educational talks featuring local foragers, herbalists and alternative practitioners. The website also features area classes and resource list of presenters and teachers. Great recipes and info!! Rose Barlow was an herbalist for over 20 years, practicing in the Wise Woman tradition. This is a tradition of healing through optimal nourishment using simple, safe herbs found in our own backyards, prepared by our own hands.  She specialized in nutritive herbs, developing recipes for wild foods and integrating wild food into modern diet and lifestyle. Though Rose passed on in June, the  website is still maintained by the Coulee Region Herbal Institute in Southwestern Wisconsin through donations of members & friends. Sunny Savage, host of the series ‘Hot on the Trail with Sunny Savage’, helps us untame our lives by incorporating wild foods into our modern-day diets. She holds an MS in Nutrition Education and has traveled to all 7 continents, learning from the plants and the people along the way. Her vision is that this website will become a clearinghouse of information and resources for wild food plants worldwide. Workshops are scheduled for Oregon, Washington, and elsewhere. Workshops, training, and presentations can be customized for anywhere in North America -John Kallas, Ph.D., Instructor and Author of Edible Wild Plants Colorful and informative website by naturalist and forager Steve Brill. Includes many wonderful recipes, info and stories about gathering wild edibles. “By studying foraging and nature, we enjoy our renewable resources and reaffirm our commitment to preserving and rebuilding our ecological riches.”