Hello there, I’m Green Deane and I’ve been foraging since I was a child or for nearly 60 years.
Long before I went to school my mother would hand me a table knife and a paper bag and tell me to go find some dandelion greens for supper. While doing that I noticed wild strawberries, later checkerberries, raspberries, apples and roses. My mother foraged as did my grandmother and great grandmother. I learned about plants long before I learned what their names were.
As a latchkey kid I also spent a lot of time alone in the woods, hiking, camping, fishing, exploring rivers, stone walls, old orchards, mountains, woods roads and old homesteads. I also made my first batch of home made cooking-malt beer then dandelion wine while in junior high.
After military service and college I moved from the land of ice and snow to orange groves and gardening year round. I studied locally with noted forager Dick Deureling and was a member of the Native Plant Society. Foraging is like rigging, you learn by doing.
I started to give wild food presentations about 20 years ago. Towards that end I created my “Itemizing” system to help beginners not only organize information but to give them a successful method to investigate a plant and make sure key points are covered. Nearly all of my plant articles are organized with my system in mind and I wrote every one. A few years ago I started making wild edible videos for my friends. That has made me via You Tube the most watched forager in the world with around two million views. I also started a foraging website in 2008. I teach about wild edibles full time. My goal is to help people who want to know more about foragables to enjoy the process and be safe while doing so. While I am now based in Florida my website and experience includes northern climates and international foraging.
I hold a degree in education, summa cum laude, from the University of Maine and did two years of graduate study in communication at the University of Central Florida. I am the author of two published books and am an award-winning writer and photographer. Besides being a life-long professional musician and member of MENSA, my interests include cooking, cast netting, canoeing, kayaking, dancing and visiting relatives in Greece. Somehow through all of that I also manged to unintentionally remain a bachelor.
While most of the articles are about plants and a few off-beat animals there are some editorials here and there. If you are a beginning forager you might want to get started with my videos and read the accompanying articles in that the first several dozen videos are in seasonal order. Learning a plant or two a month is quite easy.
You can contact me personally here. Thanks for visiting. Toodles