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Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Foraging Books

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Books (General Foraging: National)

The Forager’s Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants
by Samuel Thayer
Forager’s Harvest (Ogema, WI) (c2006)
ISBN: 0976626608
 
Nature’s Garden: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants
by Samuel Thayer
Forager’s Harvest (Birchwood, WI) (c2010)
ISBN: 978-0-9766266-1-9
 
Edible Wild Plants: Wild Foods from Dirt to Plate
by John Kallas, Ph.D.
Gibbs Smith (Layton, Utah) (c2010)
ISBN: 978-1-4236-0150-0
 
Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in the Wild (and Not So Wild) Places
by Steve Brill
Harper Paperbacks (c1984)
ISBN: 0688114253
 


Books (General Foraging: Regional)

Ancestral Plants: A Primitive Skills Guide to Important Edible, Medicinal, and Useful Plants of the Northeast, Volume 1
by Arthur Haines
Anaskimin (Southwest Harbor, Maine) (c2010)
ISBN: 978-0-9842945-0-3
Available from the publisher at 207-266-5748 or http://www.anaskimin.org/.
 
Foraging New England: Finding, Identifying, and Preparing Edible Wild Foods and Medicinal Plants from Maine to Connecticut
by Tom Seymour
Falcon (c2002)
ISBN: 0762709545
 

Wild Food Plants of the Sierra
[Nevada]
by Steven Thompson
Wilderness Press, c1976
ISBN: 0911824529
 


Books (Ethnobotanical Guides)


Native American Ethnobotany

by Daniel E. Moerman
Timber Press, c1998
ISBN: 0881924539
 

Food Plants of Interior First Peoples
[of British Columbia, Canada]
by Nancy J. Turner
University of British Columbia Press, c1997
ISBN: 0774806060
Order directly from the publisher. Much less expensive than buying used from Amazon.com, but the web page loads slowly.

Food Plants of Coastal First Peoples
[of British Columbia, Canada]
by Nancy J. Turner
University of British Columbia Press, c2007
ISBN: 0772656274
Order directly from the publisher. The web page loads slowly.

Edible Wild Plants of the Prairie: An Ethnobotanical Guide

by Kelly Kindscher
University Press of Kansas, c1987
ISBN: 0700603255
 

Medicinal and Other Uses of North American Plants: A Historical Survey with Special Reference to Eastern Indian Tribes

by Charlotte Erichsen-Brown
Dover Publications, c1989
ISBN: 048625951X
 


DVDs (Videos)

The Forager’s Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants
by Samuel Thayer
Forager’s Harvest (Ogema, WI) (c2010)
ASIN: B003TN8FPW
 


Software

Wild Edibles Series: The Master Foraging Apps
by “Wildman” Steve Brill
 
Expert Identification System (Database contains 1,200 Weeds in 48 states and adjacent Canada)
by XID Services, Inc.
 
Wild Food School (USA) Modules 1 - 2 contains CDs and Instructional Booklets
by Marcus Harrison (Ethnobotanist)
 
Wild Food School (UNITED KINGDOM) Modules 1 - 3 contains CDs and Instructional Booklets
by Marcus Harrison (Ethnobotanist)
Also see online video courses at: http://www.wildfoodmentor.co.uk/ and the UK Resources available at the main UK Wild Food School homepage.
 


Flashcards

Edible and Poisonous Plants Flashcards (Eastern and Western U.S. editions)
by Calvin Burt and Frank Heyl
c1970