Taproot. This article was incredible to write and research. I tapped into the extensive knowledge of three amazing sources in order to learn the ins and outs of foraging for wild food in an urban setting. My first source was Eva Sommaripa, whose groundbreaking approach to farming involves cultivating over 200 uncommon herbs, greens, and "edible weeds." I visited her farm in early July- a true feast for the senses. I'm missing the greenery...as I write this, it's snowing outside!
David Craft, an urban forager in Boston and author of Urban Foraging. He was kind enough to take the train to Providence and spend an afternoon walking me through vacant lots, parks and untamed patches of land in search of edible plants such as wild carrots, autumn olive, linden trees, chicory, burdock and many more. If I am ever chosen for Survivor, I am so bringing him along- we'd eat like kings no matter what the circumstances!
Josh Lewin of Beacon Hill Bistro. He cooked me an entire tasting menu featuring foraged items. It was beyond gorgeous. My job...to sum these three amazing sources, and all of their knowledge into a 1200 word article. Not an easy feat! Make sure to check out the latest issue of Taproot for the article in its entirety.
Pat's Pastured- some of the best tasting, honorably raised meat in New England. I mean, just look at how much his pigs love him! My second article, dating back to this summer, highlight the prison garden program at the mens maximum security prison. Some day I'll have to tell you about my visit there. Did you know you can't wear a bra with underwire to a prison visit? Don't say I never taught you anything useful...!