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Friends of The Forest

Connie Green with Jeff Ross and Shannon Walker of Blackberry Farm foraging for wild foods in The Great Smoky Mountains Fellow Enthusiasts, Experts and Communities

Guidebooks and Sources

Brill, Steve. Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants. New York: Hearst Books, 1994

Elias, Thomas S, and Dykeman, Peter D. Edible Wild Plants. New York: Sterling, 1982

Gibbons, Euell. Stalking the Wild Asparagus. New York: McKay, 1962

Stalking the Healthful Herbs. Chambersburg, Penn: Alan C. Hood & Co.1966.

Henderson, Robert K. The Neighborhood Forager White River Junction, Vermont: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2000.

Marrone, Teresa. Abundantly Wild. Cambridge, MN: Aventure Publications, 2004

Medsger, Oliver Perry. Edible Wild Plants. New York: Macmillan, 1939

Phillips, Roger. Wild Food. London: Macmillan, 1983A dear friend mushroom harvester beside his image carved into a tree by a fellow forager friend.

Roose-Collins, Magrit. The Flavors of Home. Berkeley” Heyday Books, 1990.

Thayer, Samuel. The Forager’s Harvest. Ogema,WI: Forager’s Harvest, 2006. Nature’s Garden. Birchwood, WI: Forager’s Harvest, 2010.

Tilford, Gregory L. Edible and Medicinal Plants of the West. Missoula: Mountain Press Publishing,1997.

Welch, Roger. Wild ‘em and Reap. Guilford, CN: 2006. has great information on food preservation: jam, pickles etc.

Wild Mushrooms:forager baskets and buckets

Mycological Societies exist all over the country and are great sources of knowledgeable people to hunt with. Is a great mushroom information website and includes a listing of mushrooms clubs throughout North America. is the site of the North American Mycological Society and also lists clubs and activities.

East of the Mississippi:

Barron, George. Mushrooms of Northeast North America, Midwest to New England Auburn,WA: Lone Pine, 1999.
Lincoff, Gary. The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1981.
Roody, William C. Mushrooms of West Virginia and the Central Appalachians. University Press of Kentucky. 2003.

West of the Mississippi:

Arora, David. All that the Rain Promises and More. Berkeley: Ten Speed Press, 1991.
Arora, David. Mushrooms Demystified. Berkeley: Ten Speed Press, 1986.