Hunt for wild edible and medicinal and otherwise beautiful plants

Don't trust meet up maps. They're notoriously unreliable double check it against another source. If you have questions call me Hugh Brenner[masked]-8490.

There is an abundance of wild edible, medicinal and otherwise useful plants in the fields and forests right now. It's likely going to be hot, bring something nice to drink, bug spray, a field guide if you have one, a small plastic bag or two can be handy as can a small knife or scissors. If the berries are ripe you might want to bring more of a rigid plastic container. if you have a dollar to donate to the cause it's appreciated. If you have a small plant pot I may bring out some amaranth for people to take home and plant.

Kids are welcome as long as parents keep track of them and make sure they don't put anything in their mouth that you are positive will not hurt them. If any of you have medical problems and need to bring your medicine with you such as asthma inhalers please don't forget them.

A word to the wise, I am not a professional biologist, just an amateur naturalist who has been studying and eating wild plants for over 30 years. Just because there's a plant that I can eat (and maybe even everybody else on the walk can eat) doesn't mean that YOU can eat it. People get allergies and intolerances to all sorts of common foods, much less wild foods that often taste bitter, hot or sour. If you intend to sample of plant you do so with a tiny amount first day and if there's no irritation or problem, then ingest a slightly larger amount the next day.

We will be going through woods and fields where there is poison ivy, ticks and other common bugs and potentially irritating plants, snakes.  Be aware that the path is often not level, there are  roots and rocks. You need to be careful where you walk. I have been known to wander off the path in search of something interesting (a metaphor for my life actually) Use your judgment if it seems like a good idea to follow me or not.

If it's hot out I have been known to wade in the creek or go swimming. If I forget to mention it at the time I'll tell you now. Don't drink the water. Bring your own beverage and drink that.

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  • Lina

    Excellent - Hugh thank you very much, the adventurous descent made it very special.

    July 7, 2013

  • Mike M

    Hugh,

    Thank you for an informative activity.

    1 · July 5, 2013

  • Hugh

    We had a great day, found lots of interesting plants, met some old friends and made some new ones. It was as usual an adventure, but no one fell down the hill or drowned. Just a few mosquito bites, and some scratches from the Wineberry briars.

    1 · July 5, 2013

  • Diane H

    Sorry, turns out won't have the time. Would be interested in going some other time!

    July 5, 2013

  • T

    Sorry for the change. Had to be a caregiver unexpectedly today, which means working instead of gathering on the 5th. Catch you next time...

    July 4, 2013

  • Diane H

    Can only stay for about an hour or so.....

    July 4, 2013

  • qarton

    Is anyone going that has to drive through philly, so I could catch a ride? I could meet you anywhere.

    July 4, 2013

  • laurie

    Looking forward to it!

    June 30, 2013

  • Tiffany R.

    Ugh, I'll be out of town :( bummer!!!
    Anyone know where I can find elders in flower???

    June 29, 2013

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