You might be amazed at how much food is growing freely all around us. We simply have to open our eyes and look at the world through a new lens. I’ve traveled to 49 states and 6 continents and can say that food is growing all over! I have foraged from from the Northern colder climates of the Great Lakes region in both Canada and the United States down to the tip of Florida, from the Atlantic coastal states to the Pacific Ocean of California and deserts and prairies in between. Not to mention countries around the world.
From West to East and North to South, food is growing all over! Cold climates, deserts and tropics all have their own abundance whether in the city or the wild. The resources exist to help you get started, but only if you apply yourself. Nobody else can learn this skill for you.
Most of us are foraging on stolen land. LANDBACK is a movement that has existed for generations with a long legacy of organizing and sacrifice to get Indigenous Lands back into Indigenous hands. Currently, there are LANDBACK battles being fought all across Turtle Island, to the north and the South. Learn about the land you are foraging on.
To begin foraging:
–Check out the FindaForager.com database where you can find a forager near you to learn from as well as resources specific to foraging in your region. (See below for my Florida resource section.)
-Pick up a foraging book. You can purchase a book, or check your local library. There are foraging books made for all across the world. Here is a selection of books I recommend. My absolute highest recommendation is of Samuel Thayer’s books.
-Check out the Falling Fruit website and app. People map out foods that are growing freely all around us on Falling Fruit! You can add the foods that you find as well. If you have trees in your front yard that you want to share, add them here!
See a lot of fruit going to waste in your neighborhood? Start a group to collect it and distribute to people in need. Check out Concrete Jungle in Atlanta for an example.
Here is a selection of videos:
Florida Resources, where I did my year of growing and foraging 100% of my food:
Andy Firk is an incredible resource for growing food, foraging and living the good life. I highly advise going on as many of his plant walks as you can for some hands on education in wild foraging. His website is one of the main sources for Florida foraging. His experts page lists over 50 Florida experts that you can learn from.