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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 Resources

Resource Notes
Foraging Books, DVDs (Videos), Software and Flashcards It is extremely helpful to have at least one good foraging book or video to help you find local edible plants, to learn which plants to look for in particular seasons and to learn how to prepare the plants after gathering them.
Professional Guidebooks It can be important to have a couple of professional guidebooks for taking on the trail. The guidebooks are available for trees, wildflowers, edible and non-edible plants, ferns, weeds, etc.
Foraging Web Links, Online Videos, Blogs and Discussion Groups These links are one place to start when looking for a foraging class with a local expert. There are numerous detailed online videos that can prove useful in identifying and using plants.
Online Botanical Societies, Plant Databases and Botany Resources/Images A good place to look for experts who can teach foraging and plant identification are local native plant societies and botanical societies. In this section, you will find links to international, national, regional and local native plant societies, botanical societies and online plant databases that contains countless thousand of pictures to help with plant identification.