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Forage the Urban Wilds of Tacoma with the Pierce County Gleaning Project!

For this meetup, we will actually hit the road and take a gander at all of the delicious and/or medicinal plants that are available at this point in the season!

Mainly, we will be reacquainting people with weeds as a food source, but we will also be talking about potential hazards that come with foraging in an urban environment such as toxicity, heavy metals, arsenic and pollution. We will also cover the legal issues involved with foraging in the urban commons.

Get to know a different side of Tacoma: the wild side!

*Oh, and don't forget to come to our Food Justice Book Club meeting at King's Books the Wednesday before (July 24th 7-9pm)...We will be discussing Rebecca Lerner's "Dandelion Hunter," a book about urban foraging. We look at it as a prep session for the actual foraging we will be doing on Sunday for this meetup. You don't have to have read the book to come; all are welcome.

As always, both the discussion and the foraging session are completely free of charge. Hope to see you there!

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  • Renee

    Great to see and meet all of you!

    July 29, 2013

  • Ron

    Sound good. Runnin a bit late tho:)

    July 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds very cool! Why buy salad in the store when you can gather it in the forest?

    July 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds very cool! Why buy salad in the store when you can gather it in the forest?

    1 · July 18, 2013

  • Renee

    So I guess the short answer to that everyone in attendance will keep all that they harvest. :-)

    July 17, 2013

  • Renee

    Hey Reama,

    We are not allowed to donate wild foraged foods to the food bank; fruit trees fall under a different category, but as far as weeds, mushrooms and edibles from the forest are concerned, they are not legally allowed to be donated. This is connected to the Gleaning Project's mission by way of Food Justice and Food Sovereignty; we wish to increase people's access to fresh, local, nutritious food, and teaching how to forage is a part of this. Food Justice goes beyond food charity, and this is a leg of that ideal. Thanks for bringing it up!
    Also, as far as I know, even though we donate what we glean in Tacoma, we are not required by law to do so.

    July 17, 2013

  • Reama

    It's my understanding that any food gleaned within the city has to be donated to a food bank. Is it the same for Tacoma?

    July 17, 2013

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