Seneca Rocks, West Virginia, Fall 2016. When I'm not foraging, I'm climbing, running, hiking, camping, or cooking.

Seneca Rocks, West Virginia, Fall 2016. When I'm not foraging, I'm climbing, running, hiking, camping, or cooking.

The Wild Goods is Samantha Gawrych, a Boston College graduate living in Portland, Oregon, with roots in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Her training comes from work in many fields. On farms, one with a notable impact is Earthtrine Farm in Ojai, California. In kitchens, one is her sister's Sunbird Kitchen in Orleans, Massachusetts. In wild food there have been many people in many places who have shaped her knowledge...

Doris, her Grandmother, who taught her to pick beach plums when she could barely walk.

Ana, a wise woman from Peregrino Organico farm in Mendoza, Argentina who took her gallivanting through the backcountry to pick Passionflower for tea and wild salad greens for dinner.

Issa, a beautiful Waldorf teacher from New Mexico who taught her to live simply, process acorns and preserve whatever is plentiful in nature.

Stefania, a clinical herbalist who taught her to bake her first sourdough loaf, wildcraft tinctures, and never take life too seriously. 

and Evan, who taught her many things about foraging, like to get chaga from a birch tree you cannot reach, you must hit it with stones until it falls, and to get chicken mushrooms sometimes you have to climb the tree and still use a pull saw.