Wild Food Summit III – part 3

Here’s the final video from the Wild Food Summit, held on the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota around the summer solstice. Click here to watch part 1, and here to watch part 2. This video is the remaining interview with Sam Thayer, author of Forager’s Harvest. Sam and his wife Melissa recently challenged themselves to eat solely wild foods for one month. Sam actually continued on longer than the one month time period and said he really enjoyed the experience. Although he already eats a diet comprised of many wild foods, taking the leap to exclusively wild was a fun...

Wild Food Summit III – part 2

Here is the second video of 3 from the Wild Food Summit on the White Earth Reservation. Be sure to stay tuned for part 3 in this series of videos. Click here to see part 1. Or click here for part...

Wild Food Summit III – part 1

The White Earth Tribal and Community College, located on the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota, hosted the 3rd annual Wild Food Summit. This gathering, which was held during the summer solstice, brought folks together who were interested in learning about identifying and preparing wild foods. But as shown through the various interviews, the gathering runs deeper than that, and is really about that intersecting point between how plants and people shape each other. The above video is the first of 3, which includes interviews with some of the presenters and folks attending the event. Below is the recipe outline for a cattail stirfry prepared during the event. I got the idea for the nettle and sesame seed powder from Susan Weed’s book Healing Wise, and the stirfy is just one of the many number of ways our family prepares cattail hearts/shoots. enjoy! Nettle/Sesame Powder Harvest your nettle leaves, clean them, and then thoroughly dry them. Take some sesame seeds and put them into a hot skillet. Keep moving them around with your spatula so they don’t burn, and watch out because they will start to jump and pop. Once they start to smell like they’ve been toasted and start to brown you can remove them and put into a food processor/blender/mortar & pestle, along with your dried nettle leaves and a small amount of salt (I used 1 tsp of salt to a 1/2 gallon mason jar full of dried nettle leaves and about 2 cups of sesame seeds). Experiment with how many nettles to sesame seeds you like. Use this powder to top rice dishes, soups, salads,...