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Canada Goes Wild!

July 25th, 2008

The Canadians are definitely ahead of the game on publicly bringing in the ‘goods from the woods’. As leaders in this movement for the North American continent, our neighbors to the north have private businesses, educational institutions, and government monies dedicated to promoting and supporting the harvest and distribution of wild foods. Click here, to read a recent CBC article on the increased interest in wild foods.

Alisa Smith and James MacKinnon popularized local eating in Canada with their 100-Mile Diet. Canadians have started to gain deeper connections with their foodsheds, and are starting to nourish their curiosity of ALL available foods growing in the areas in which they live. The Centre for Non-Timber Resources at Royal Roads University in British Columbia has a cool website called BuyBCWild. They organize and are host for the 3rd annual Shop the Wild Festival. This festival celebrates all things wild that are available from BC forests, along with educating folks about the benefits of buying local and going green.

I have always felt that creating cooperatives of people harvesting wild foods is the route we must take to make wild foods available to the populous. We should all, especially children, learn about wild foods to ensure our own health and ability to survive. Good, healthy food is our birthright and it’s all sitting free right out our own doorsteps…but we still need people to focus on creating beautiful music, amazing art, innovative designs, building homes, etc. For those who enjoy spending large amounts of time in the great outdoors, becoming a full-time wild food forager, I think, will become an economically viable profession of the future. Creating job opportunities in our rural communities is an essential function of these cooperatives. So, chalk it up to the Canadians to get things rolling in this direction. Forbes Wild Foods is a wonderful company located in Ontario who supplies wild foods to individual consumers, as well as restaurants/hotels/health food stores/etc. They purchase their wild foods from remote rural communities of Aboriginal Canadians who respect their lands, and who also regenerate and plant the forests they are harvesting from.

Way to go Canada!

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Magnificent Milkweed

July 23rd, 2008

Check out the video below to see how the Ogallala Comfort Company is creating beautiful high-quality products out of one of my favorite wild plants, common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca). I was able to interview Herb Knudsen, who founded the Natural Fibers Corporation back in 1986, at their headquarters in Ogallala, NE. For those interested in finding job opportunities that get you outside, while getting exercise and enjoying the great outdoors, Herb’s company is an active buyer in the milkweed trade. Contact his company to find out more details about becoming a supplier.

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Milkweed Magic

July 18th, 2008

Hello from Boulder, CO!
I’ve been having such a great summer, spending most of it outdoors and eating a lot of wild plants along the way. One of my favorites is common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), and it’s time to eat its silk. So luxurious! Will probably be enjoying some for dinner over the full moon tonight.

I’ll be posting a video from the Wild Foods Summit on the White Earth Reservation, hopefully soon. But also wanted to put a call out for anyone who might be interested in joining my son and friend/assistant Johnny along the way. We need someone to assist with harvesting and preserving wild foods, researching wild foods, logistics of where the plants are and what they are doing, helping me prep and clean up from filming cooking segments of the television show, and general upkeep of life in the RV. If anyone is interested, please send an email to: info@wildfoodplants.com. There’s a small stipend for the roughly 3 1/2 month commitment, from early September through mid-December.

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