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Let me say upfront that this is a shameless plug for my wife. She’s one of the best known foragers in the U.S., and she’s just published an online foraging course for beginners. A little about her background: Ellen Zachos has published two books on foraging, and writes the website www.backyardforager.com

She also wrote the foraging website for About.com and teaches at wild food festivals across the country. This online course includes instructions on finding and cooking with five wild edible plants that are common in most parts of this country.

The course includes a video/slide show, a set of recipe cards, step by step instructions on making acorn flours, and an illustrated plant i.d. chart. And it’s only $7! If you’re interested in learning more about wild foods and would like to be able to feed yourself from nature, this is a great way to start.

She’ll be doing more advanced courses in the future, but this intro course is specifically for beginners. You can read more details about the class here.

So if you're interested in learning about wild edible foods but don't know where to begin, this is a really great way to get started.

Again, this is a shameless plug, but for something I believe you'll be interested in.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to PM me.

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Many posters here have long claimed that you can not forage to 100% support your diet in their regions.

I know that people do forage as their 100% diet in my region, but apparently, it is not as easy in other places.

In this state, there is licensing and bonding required for a 'guide' [a person who is licensed to take parties in the woods, who can feed and house a party of hunters by foraging, hunting, fishing].

There are schools in my area that train and certify people in these skills.

In the OP, you speak of your wife, is she licensed?
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Many posters here have long claimed that you can not forage to 100% support your diet in their regions.

I know that people do forage as their 100% diet in my region, but apparently, it is not as easy in other places.

In this state, there is licensing and bonding required for a 'guide' [a person who is licensed to take parties in the woods, who can feed and house a party of hunters by foraging, hunting, fishing].

There are schools in my area that train and certify people in these skills.

In the OP, you speak of your wife, is she licensed?
We currently live in NM, and prior to this we lived in NY and PA. None of those states require licensing for foragers, although they do for hunters. (My wife isn't a hunter, but she's a helluva good shot!)

Ellen teaches every year with Sam Thayer at the Midwest Wild Harvest Festival. (Two years ago Arthur Haines also taught at the event; you may know him since he's also from Maine.) She has also worked with Hank Shaw, Pascal Bauder, Leda Meredith, and John Kallas; they are her friends and colleagues.

She knows Maine requires certification for mushroom foraging; do they require it for wild edible plants as well?
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We currently live in NM, and prior to this we lived in NY and PA. None of those states require licensing for foragers, although they do for hunters. (My wife isn't a hunter, but she's a helluva good shot!)

Ellen teaches every year with Sam Thayer at the Midwest Wild Harvest Festival. (Two years ago Arthur Haines also taught at the event; you may know him since he's also from Maine.) She has also worked with Hank Shaw, Pascal Bauder, Leda Meredith, and John Kallas; they are her friends and colleagues.

She knows Maine requires certification for mushroom foraging; do they require it for wild edible plants as well?
I am not aware of anyplace that requires licensing to forage.

The 'Maine Guide' license allows a person to guide parties into the woods for a living, and allows for them to be bonded.

The 'license' for mushroom foraging is for people who sell mushrooms for a living.
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So I googled your wife's name found a link to plantrama with a photograph

I have to ask is that a spliff she has there???
http://www.plantrama.com/wp-content/...Zachos_web.jpg
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I am not aware of anyplace that requires licensing to forage.

The 'Maine Guide' license allows a person to guide parties into the woods for a living, and allows for them to be bonded.

The 'license' for mushroom foraging is for people who sell mushrooms for a living.
Hi ForestBeekeeper, this is Michael's wife Ellen. I've put the question out to several of my colleagues, but none of them know of any state that currently licenses foragers for anything other than selling mushrooms to commercial enterprises. Mark Merriwether Vorderbruggen is trying to establish a program in TX, but he says it's slow going. Sam Thayer and his wife Melissa Price don't know of any state that requires it. If I learn anything to the contrary, I'll let you know.

The difference may have to do with people being guides, providing overnight accommodations, or including hunting and fishing, which I know have to be licensed.
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So I googled your wife's name found a link to plantrama with a photograph

I have to ask is that a spliff she has there???
http://www.plantrama.com/wp-content/...Zachos_web.jpg
LOL, that's a wild asparagus.
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Weird. I just checked the link on three computers.

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Weird. I just checked the link on three computers.

What OS/browser are you using?

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Just checked Safari on my Mac and that works.

Just checked Safari on iPhone and got the same problem.

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I let people forage mushrooms on my land. A couple years ago the state tried to make a 'license' for mushroom brokers. But the state university was never able to put together a course for them to complete. So it fell apart. I don't think it was for the foragers themselves to be licensed, but only for the brokers.

I forage fiddleheads for market, this does not require any licensing.

For a guide to take groups of people into the woods and be trusted to feed them, etc. is where the guide license comes into play. I think it is mostly for the bonding.

Again when I have brought this up in previous threads, posters mostly insist that you can not survive by foraging in their states. Maine seems to be unique in having such an abundance of wild forage available.

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I let people forage mushrooms on my land. A couple years ago the state tried to make a 'license' for mushroom brokers. But the state university was never able to put together a course for them to complete. So it fell apart. I don't think it was for the foragers themselves to be licensed, but only for the brokers.

I forage fiddleheads for market, this does not require any licensing.

For a guide to take groups of people into the woods and be trusted to feed them, etc. is where the guide license comes into play. I think it is mostly for the bonding.

Again when I have brought this up in previous threads, posters mostly insist that you can not survive by foraging in their states. Maine seems to be unique in having such an abundance of wild forage available.

Maine is indeed a forager's paradise.
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Just spent a half hour with tech support, and after clearing the cache and rebooting, the only possibility we came up with was that our (and your) ISP might be blocking the site. When we switched from phone data to wifi, we were able to get to the site. But using ATT phone data we couldn't. So we'll call ATT in the morning and see if they're blocking the site. Were using wifi or phone data, and if phone data, who's your provider? Sorry it's been difficult.
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The two easiest things to learn to forage is dandelions and pine needles for pine needle tea. I could scavenge those from a very early age.
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The two easiest things to learn to forage is dandelions and pine needles for pine needle tea. I could scavenge those from a very early age.

That's true, but there are many, many more choices that are both easy to find and delicious.
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Attending various workshops, I have been told many times that in this state there are only 8 things growing here that can not be eaten.

The 'secret' is to learn those 8 things to avoid, then spend a lifetime on practicing the best recipes for everything else.

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Attending various workshops, I have been told many times that in this state there are only 8 things growing here that can not be eaten.

The 'secret' is to learn those 8 things to avoid, then spend a lifetime on practicing the best recipes for everything else.

My wife leads many of these foraging workshops all over the country in addition to having two published books on the topic.
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Bump.

I'm asking that anyone interested in beginning foraging to take a look at my wife's website and class offered in the original post.

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