Sadly not available online, but if you’re a contemporary art fan, check out the Spring “Walking”-themed edition of C Magazine of International Contemporary Art, including a short piece I wrote about the everyday artistry of pro mushroom pickers. http://www.cmagazine.com/2014_121.htm
How Commercial Wild Mushroom Pickers Harvest Huge Quantities—And Why
Ten pounds of wild edible mushrooms is a big haul for most hobbyist foragers. But for a professional picker, it’s a sign it’s time to find a new patch. Their livelihood depends on securing substantial quantities of morels, chanterelles, pine mushrooms or other edible varieties, for days and months on end. Focusing on how they accomplish this feat, this talk provides an introduction to the Canadian wild food trade. Focusing on why, it reveals the social, environmental and economic values motivating this unique form of forest industry. Continue reading →
Interested in hunting for your own wild edibles? A field guide is a must to ensure you can properly identify what is safe to eat, and what is poisonous. Here are some suggestions for field guides that will help you find, identify and enjoy wild, foraged foods in Toronto and in Ontario. Continue reading →
Foraged foods from the wilderness are this year’s hottest trend in natural, ethical eating. They’re lauded as more organic than organic: after all, they grow in the wild, where there aren’t just ‘approved’ pesticides and fertilizers, but none whatsoever. Growing of their own volition, these native species don’t need a farmer to tame them—and perhaps warp their purity, sapping them of taste and nutrient value.
Wild food is also, paradoxically, celebrated as the most local of foods, though the wild was once upon a time the most remote and alien of places. Continue reading →
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