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Edible Plants Book

Discussion in 'Flora & Fauna' started by Watcher of the Woods, Feb 16, 2017.

  1. Watcher of the Woods

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    Which books do you all prefer for identifying wild edibles? I'm in Eastern Iowa. I already have the Peterson field guide but am looking for other options. Thanks all!
     
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    Great book for our area
     
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    Yes, what IA Woodsman said, search no further.
     
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    A class from Samuel Thayer is on my short list of things to do.
     
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    Done a couple with Sam T. a while back. He knows what he is talking about. Try not to do a class that is too large. Did a couple of small ones and they were great, while at a larger event he did a walk....I didn't go....too many people to get up close and really learn....
     
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    I agree! Great book! Even for my area!
     
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    Thanks guys! I'll have to pick that one up!
     
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    I've met Mike krebill. Very knowledgeable and happy to teach others.
    Of course so is Sam. Taken a couple woods walks with him before.
     
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    Based on my limited experience, I feel like books are better when they're a backup to an actual class where you see and handle the plants in question.

    Location and season are hyper-critical to wild edibles.

    Regarding everyone's recommendation of Samuel Thayer: I went to two classes with a local woman name Sarah Haggerty. She was extremely knowledgeable, and I was very impressed. Both classes really changed my perspective on the world around me, to include my own lawn. She spoke highly of Thayer; her recommendation carries a lot of weight with me, as do the recommendations of folks here on the board.
     
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    Yep, Ive taken local classes with Sarah Haggarty and Sam T. Both were very good. If you're in the central NC area, look up Piedmont Wildlife Center, where Sarah teaches.
     
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    His second book, "Nature's Garden: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants" is supposed to be really good as well.

    Have both of them and they provide a lot of first hand information unlike many guides that are just rehashed from previous books.

     
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    That's actually where I took classes with Sarah Haggerty. I've also sent my kids to summer camps there, and we've donated to them a few times. It's a great place.
     
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