Technical Advising /
Dr. Kallas can advise on and/or investigate the edible
properties of any plant and its relatives for academic,
culinary, theatrical, agricultural, or food product
development. Dr. Kallas' library is one of the largest in
the world regarding uses of wild plants for food and other
purposes in North America. Screen writers will find our
expertise on wild foods valuable to reasonably portray
Native American, pioneer, and prehistoric foodways.
Dr. Kallas gives entertaining slide presentations to
businesses, organizations, and schools. He speaks to
professional groups in areas like outdoor education, botany,
nutrition, food preparation, cooperative extension, and
health care. John presents at conferences, company retreats,
training camps, and schools. Event displays are available to
show prepared samples of wild foods and photographs of
edible plants, wild food social events, and prepared foods.
John has been the "entertainment speaker" at medical,
educational, and a variety of professional conferences often
unrelated to wild foods &emdash; typically at award dinners
where professionals are joined by their families.
Training / Curriculum
We work with outdoor organizations, schools, businesses, and
individuals to develop and implement high quality training
on wild food topics. Wild foods can be easily integrated
into science, adventure, and experiential curricula to feed
mind, body, and soul. Apprenticeships, advanced training,
study groups, and focused retreats are on-going. Training
can yield information on simple and sustainable living,
wilderness survival, Native American uses, plant
identification, and the nutrient contribution of wild foods.
Specific workshops can deal with regional edibles; cooking
and processing techniques; wild gourmet garden vegetables;
neighborhood edibles; wild foods of the wilderness;
medicinal plants; poisonous plants; and more. Expeditions
and overnight trips to parks, wilderness areas, and hot
spring resorts can be arranged. For workshops that are
already established, go to our workshops page.
Content Support for
Journalists and Writers
Dr. Kallas the author of the book Edible Wild Plants: Wild Foods from Dirt to
Primer and was the
editor and main contributor of the Wild Food
Adventurer newsletter. A full list of publications is located at
page. John is
available to serve as a reference source, fact checker, and
image source for journalists and writers on the topic of
edible wild plants and other foragables.
Working as an Intern,
Research Associate, or Student
Wild Food Adventures is the public outreach branch of the
Institute for the Study of Edible Wild Plants and Other
Foragables. The Institute engages in research, education,
and the daily business activities that allow us to pursue
our missions. To get involved, read our factsheet about working with the Institute.