Edible Plants, Wild Foods and Foraging in North America. Expertise, Workshops, Training, Research, Curriculum Development, Newsletter. John Kallas, Director. We take people into nature and show them how to use wild plants and other foragables for food. "Stalking the wild asparagus" with...

Wild Food Adventures
Institute for the Study of Edible Wild Plants and Other Foragables

John Kallas, Ph.D., Director, Educator, Researcher
Portland, Oregon

North American Wild Food Events





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Wild Food Adventures
Provides expertise in wild edible plants and foraging through workshops, expeditions, teaching events, presentations, outdoor guiding, and outfitting anywhere in North America. Technical advising, curriculum development, and custom research services are also available. Emphasis is on the past, present, and future uses of wild edible plants and other foragables. We also offer publications: the Wild Food Adventurer newsletter, a national periodical on wild foods. The Wild Food Primer, a guide to studying wild foods. And a bookstore complete with reviews of the best books available.

Our Mission
Is to help people connect with the Earth, Earth culture, human history, and the future through the study of edible plants in natural settings. People who genuinely make these connections will live more sustainable lifestyles and be better caretakers of the environment.
Our mission is also to partner with and assist original North Americans in their efforts to restore and revitalize traditional foodways. Foodways involve the identification, collection, transportation, processing, storage, retrieval, and use of traditional wild foods. We strive to honor and preserve the wild food knowledge, experiences, and wisdom of original North Americans.

Edible Wild Plants Defined
Edible wild plants are wild plants with one or more parts that can be used for food if gathered at the appropriate stage of growth, and properly prepared. Edible wild plants could be weeds growing in urban areas to native plants growing in deep wilderness.

Areas of Expertise
Edible wild plants and other foragables of North America. Wild foods of Native Americans. The role wild foods play in recreational and unplanned survival. Wild Gourmet Garden Vegetables. Plant identification. Poisonous plants. Sea vegetables. Processing wild foods. Nutrition of wild foods. Research in these areas is continually being conducted.

Wild Food Adventures Wilderness
Workshops and Rendezvous involve trips to a variety of habitats. We visit city streets, parks, forests, mountains, coastal habitats, farms, lakes, swamps and more. Some times we look, sometimes we process foods, sometimes we snack, and sometimes we feast. We always have fun with wild foods!

Foraging & Foragables Defined
Regarding humans and wild foods: Foraging is the process of searching for and gathering food or provisions from wild sources. As opposed to hunting or fishing. The distinction can be seen in how Native American tribes had a division of labor. The women and children foraged while the men hunted and fished. Foraging can be done to obtain plant products as well as animal products like shellfish, insects, and honey. Foragables are those things that can be gathered.
Note that foragables is also spelled forageables. Both are correct.


Wild Edible Plant Keyword Descriptors:
Foraging, botany, ethnobotany, Native American Indian ethnobotany, wild edible plants, wild food plants, poisonous plants, adventure education, experiential education, wilderness education, outdoor education, primitive living skills, primitive technology, prehistoric Earth skills, outdoor survival skills, wilderness survival, edible cuisine, raw food, living food, wild cuisine, wild gourmet garden vegetables, volunteer vegetables, sustainability, sustainable living, voluntary simplicity, simple living, wildcrafting, special forest products, permaculture, and deep ecology.
Wild Food Adventures: 4125 N Colonial Ave, Portland, OR 97217, 503-775-3828

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