MaryJane's Farmgirl Sisterhood

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Farm Kitchen

2. Forage for Food

Beginner Level

  • Contact your local extension office to find out which plants in your area are edible, where they grow, and what season is peak to forage for each. For a variety of wild edible recipes, refer to MaryJane’s Outpost Guidebook. (This book is available on loan from MaryJanesFarm; contact

Intermediate Level

  • Spend time in the field finding places to forage before, during, and off season. Learn to identify the plants by location, leaves and stalk characteristics.

Expert Level

  • Forage for natural food in your area.
  • Document your foraging with pictures. Take pictures of the area and of the plants themselves.
  • Learn from a professional how to identify edible and non-edible fungi.
  • Organize a wild mushroom hunt.

January, 2008 Edition