by Green Deane

Green Deane leading a foraging plant walk at Florida Earth Skills gathering 2013. Photo by Ralph Giunta

Green Deane leading a foraging plant walk at Florida Earth Skills gathering. Photo by Ralph Giunta

Foraging Class Schedule

Below is my upcoming class schedule which is updated weekly. Please make reservations. Walk-in’s are accepted if the class is not full. To make your reservation send me an email.  Please include date(s) desired, number of people, and contact information. Class size is limited to assure personal attention. Cost is $30 per person over the age of 12, twelve and under no charge when accompanied by an adult (private classes are available.)

The class is usually around four hours long. For payment methods, see below.  Classes are held hot or cold, rain or shine except for hurricanes. Descriptions of each location and where to meet are below under additional information. Times and day of week can differ with each location and time of year. Double check. Hiking and clothes requirements change with each class as do facilities. Again, double check. More details about each individual venue — such as where to meet — are listed below the Pay Now button. Classes more than 100 miles away from Orlando can be cancelled if only a small number sign up.

Payment method: Cash on the day of class, $30 per person over 12. Or you can pay by credit card by clicking on the Pay Now button below. Or, if you have a Pal Pay account email me and ask for the appropriate email address. No checks please. If you pay by Paypal or credit card there is an additional $5 fee.


Sunday, Nov. 8th, John Chestnut County Park: 2200 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor, FL 34685, 9 a.m.

Sunday, Nov. 15, Mead Garden,1500 S. Denning Dr., Winter Park, FL 32789, 9 a.m.

Sunday, Nov. 22nd, Red Bug Slough Preserve, 5200 Beneva Road, Sarasota, FL, 34233, 9 a.m.

Sunday, Nov. 29th, Florida State College, south campus, 11901 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, 32246. 9 a.m.

Sunday, Dec. 13, Mead Garden,1500 S. Denning Dr., Winter Park, FL 32789, 9 a.m.

Sunday, Dec. 20th, Dreher Park, 1200 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach, 33405, 9 a.m.

Sunday, January 17th, 2016, Sunday, Nov. 15, Mead Garden,1500 S. Denning Dr., Winter Park, FL 32789, 9 a.m.

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Bayshore Live Oak Park, 2200 East Lake Road, Port Charlotte. Meet at the parking lot at the intersection of Bayshore Road and Ganyard Street. Part of the original Port Charlotte Harbor this long and narrow park still sports many edible wild plants and ornamentals. There are numerous parking lots and facilities. We will meet at the parking lot east of the last fishing pier. Among the interesting plants we will study are elderberry, caesar weed, palms, sea grapes, Spanish needles, sea purslane, wild cow peas, red and black mangroves, oaks, railroad vine, saw palmettos, firebush, epazote, sida, Ilexes, Canaveral Rose, fig, smilax, crowfoot grass, loquats, coco plums, wild grapes, opuntia, Cereus, pines, horseweed, bitter gourd, and a few toxic plants. There are bathrooms and water at the park. Because of the distance this class has to have 10 confirmed students ahead of time.

Boulware Springs P1060055Boulware Springs Park, 3420 SE 15th St.,  Gainesville, FL 32641. Meet at the picnic tables next to the pump house. We start at the park and on a small portion of the Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail. Because of the distance this class has to have confirmed students ahead of time. DIRECTIONS:   Take 4th Street off State road 331 (SE Williston  Road.) At SE 15th Street (a T-intersection) turn right. In less than a mile you will see the entrance on your right to the Hawthorn Trail, pass that. Take the immediate next right into the Boulware Springs parking lot, adjacent to SE 15th St.

Cassadaga sign DSC_1873Colby-Alderman Park: 1099 Massachusetts Street, Cassadaga. Fla. 32706. Situated on Lake Coby and sometimes called Lake Colby/Royal Park, the 124-acre historic site was recently renovated with a quarter million dollar grant. It has a pavilion, bathrooms, boat ramp, plenty of shade, parking and a nature walk. It is the most handicap accessible site for studying wild edibles. A July survey showed at least three dozen edible species growing, from fruiting persimmons to spurge nettle to blossoming kudzu. Directions: Take Interstate-4 to Exit #114 (formerly Exit #54.) Turn west onto Highway 472  (toward Orange City/Deland. That is a left if coming from from the south, a right if coming from the north.) Once on 472 and leaving the interstate behind go to the first traffic light and turn right onto Dr. Martin Luther King Parkway. After you are on the parkway, turn right at the first street, which is Cassadaga Road (Country Road 4139.) Continue 1.5 miles to Cassadaga. You will pass the Cassadaga Hotel on your right. While the main road immediately turns left you will go straight (which is where the GPS puts you.) Go down a short hill where the road bears right and ends in the park. Meet near the restrooms. We will walk less than a mile with most of it on a paved walkway or a sand path.

Dreher Park, 1200 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach, 33405. Take exit 68 (Southern Boulevard) off Interstate 95 and go east. Entrance to the park is an immediate right at the bottom of the interstate bridge. Follow the convoluted signs to the science center (which is not where the GPS puts you.)  Park anywhere. We meet 300 feet northwest of the science museum near the banyan tees.  It’s a noisy area but early in the morning isn’t too bad. The amount of plants we can see depends upon the season and how much mowing they do. Among them are: American beautyberry, malaleuca, pigeon plum, pines, caesar weed, elderberry, wild grapes, citrus,  oxalis, conyza, smilax, passion flowers, sandspurs, koontie, ipomoea, oaks, commelinas, Emilias, purslane, amaranth, figs, Bauhinia, crowfoot grass, surinam cherry, bitter gourd, red spiderling, sea grapes, sida, cattails, yellow pond lillies, Spanish needles, mangos, sedges, wapato, firebush, pickerel weed, sabal palms, royal palms, queen palms, bamboo, traveler palms, coconuts, date palms, dollar weed, water hyssop, mahoe, varigated mahoe, seaside mahoe, fishtail palm, podocarpus, lichen, pellitory, porter weed, pepper grass, smartweed, false hawk’s beard, sow thistles, epazote, sword fern, juniper, Ilex, cocoplums, bittercress, and two of the most toxic seeds on earth and an iguana or two.  Because of the distance this class has to have 10 confirmed students ahead of time.

Florida State College,  south campus, 11901 Beach Blvd.,  Jacksonville, 32246.  We will meet at building “D”  next to the administration parking lot. Until recently it was Florida Community College Jacksonville, south campus.)  Campus police say we can park on in the east parking lot, towards the north side. Restrooms and water are available. Our route will take us about a mile around the outer rim of the campus which (unless they mow a lot) has a wide variety of wild edibles.  Among the edibles are cattails, wild mint, rumex, false hawks beard, hollies, hornbeam, sonchus, various palms, two kinds of chickweed, smilax, several wild mustards, pines, oaks, perseas, wax myrtle, Spanish needles, plantains, dandelions, false dandelions, elm. Because of the distance this class has to have confirmed students ahead of time.

George LeStrange Preserve, 4911 Ralls Road, Fort Pierce, FL, 34981. The preserve is only about three miles from the junction of the Turnpike and I-95. It has no bathroom or drinking water so take advantage of the various eateries and gas stations at the exit. After exiting either the turnpike or I-95 go east on Okeechobee Road. Turn right onto S. Jenkins Road. Then left on Edwards Road. Then right onto Silvitz Road. After crossing the small St. Lucie River (a small S-curve among those straight roads) turn right onto Ralls Road. Go to the end of Ralls Road then turn left into the preserve. Part of the trails through the preserve take you along ox bows of the St. Lucie River and Ten Mile Creek. During my last visit I saw a lot of Ground Cherries, Amaranth, Purslane, Barnyard Grass, Dollar weed, Spanish Needles, Gopher Apples, Sow Thistles, native and escaped grapes, Smilax, Poor Man’s Pepper Grass, Pellitory, False Hawk’s Beard, Water Hyssop, Coral Bean, Hairy Cow Pea, Southern Wax Myrtle, Fireweed, Epazote, Catails, Willows, Pines and a lot of fish.

Haulover Canal, Merritt Island National Refuge, north of the Kennedy Space Center.  Take SR 405 east from Titusville to SR 3, then turn left, or north. Haulover Canal is the only bridge you will cross on SR 3, approximately six miles. Go over the bridge, then turn left onto a dirt road, follow that to its western end ( on some maps this is one-half mile west of Allenhurst, a defunct settlement.)  Park. If coming south on US 1: Just south of Oak Hill turn left onto SR 3. Shortly after passing a white “Epcot” building you will see a bridge ahead. One quarter mile before the bridge turn right on to a dirt road and follow it to its western end. Park there. If the area is crowded we can park at the Manatee Deck which is on the northeast side of the waterway east of the bridge. This is by far the most Spartan of our locations but it does have several plants not seen in other areas. There is no drinking water (bring your own) and only one poorly located over-used port-a-let, so the woods may be the rest room of necessity. There are few shade trees so you might also want to bring a shade umbrella or large hat. We will be walking on dirt roads for the most part, and only about two miles worth. But it is hot and dusty. We start at 9 a.m. because many refuge gates don’t open early. We will be sharing the area with picnickers and fishermen. In a recent visit I saw glasswort, sea purslane, saltwort, seablite, mangroves, Australian pines, bee balm, fruiting grapes (muscadines and others) fruiting Hercule’s Club, papayas, maypops, palms, crowfoot grass, very little Beautyberry (so bring mosquito spray) cattails, spurge nettles, oaks, pines, and more common Florida fauna. You can see Manatees and dolphins in the canal and go swimming or fishing if you have the proper license for the latter. On the map it is:  A short video of the canal is here:

Highwoods Preserve, 8401 New Tampa Blvd., Tampa FL 33647.  One of the more interesting aspects of the Preserve is that it has four or five different species of grapes; at least one muscadine, perhaps three escaped cultivars and one escaped hybrid. This is a mowed field and sidewalk excursion. Bathrooms and water are available. It also is private property adjacent to a preserve so we are guests. Among the edibles are  palms, Spanish needles, oaks, saw palmettos, skunk vine, smilax, duck potatoes, smart weed, bay trees, persimmons, water hyssop, dollar weed, caesar weed, blackberries, wax myrtles, pines, lichen, willows, sedges, sumac, lichen and beauty berry.  Because of the distance this class has to have confirmed students ahead of time.

Jervey Gantt Recreation Complex, 2390 SE 36th Ave., Ocala, FL, 34471. Meet at the entrance to the pool, aka Aquatic Fun Center. This walk is about a mile long and mostly on well-graded paths. While there are no immediate aquatic plants at this site there are numerous wild edibles. Among them are: plantain, epazote, oxalis, sycamore, pepper grass, hickory, usnea, pines, oaks, amaranth, Chinese elm, Florida elm, Hercules club, smilax, blackberries, wax myrtle, eastern red bud, spurge nettle, sumac, magnolia, tansy mustard, paper mulberry, sow thistles, Florida betony, camphors, ground cherry, red spiderling, podocarpus, Spanish needles, milkweed vine, muscadine grapes, summer grapes, palm, persimmon, beautyberry, dandelion, false hawk’s beard, plum, cherry, hawthorn, and henbit. Because of the distance this class has to have confirmed students ahead of time.

John Chestnut County Park: 2200 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor, FL 34685. Meet at the trail head of the Peggy Park Nature Walk, pavilion 1 parking lot. This is a very nice, small state park on Lake Tarpon with part of the walk being lakeside. We will walk the Peggy Trail backwards, then visit the boat launch area, then an observation tower, then wend along the board walk lakeside. At the end of the boardwalk we will go through the center of the park back to where we started. That’s about a mile walk. Among the edible species there are: beautyberry, bitter gourd, blackberry, dayflower, caesar weed, cattails, chuffa/sedges, crowfoot grass, dahoon holly, false hawks beard, fireweed, Florida betony, Florida elm, grapes, cultivars, grapes, muscadines, groundnuts, heartleaf drymaria, hickories (water and pignut) dwarf ilex vomitoria,  maples, oxalis, palms, panic grass, pennyworts, persimmon, pickerel weed, pines, oaks, reindeer moss, red bay, saw palmetto, smilax, Spanish needles, smart grass, sumac, sycamores, usnea, water hyacinths, wapato, water shields, wax myrtle, and willow.  Because of the distance this class has to have confirmed students ahead of time.

Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge, 2045 Mud Lake Road, DeLeon Springs, FL. Lake Woodruff NWR is located 25 miles west of Daytona Beach, Florida. From downtown Deland take New York Avenue (HWY 44) west to Grand Avenue. Turn north on Grand for about six miles (there is a left-hand dog leg in the middle. Don’t miss it. Follow the signs.) Turn west onto Mud Lake Road. The small tar road turns into a tiny dirt rut. A few hundred feet after crossing the railroad tracks park in the parking lot on your right.  This is a hike of approximately four miles, two out and back. While the walking is easy we are exposed to the elements, sun on a clear day, wind on a cold day. Check the weather, dress appropriately. Bring water, wear suitable footwear.  If you are a bird watcher bring binoculars. There are alligators. Among the plants we will see are: Smilax, plantagos, wapato, spiderworts, violets, crown berries, Florida elm, pennyworts, Asian pennyworts, false hawksbeard, sorrel, epazote, maples, blackberries, elderberries, palms, sow thistles, cattails, poor man’s pepper grass, saw palmettos, saw grass, ground cherries, bull thistle, dock, water shields, pickerel weed, wax myrtle, pines, lichen, sweet gum, gallberry, willows, oaks, and Florida betony,

Mead Garden: 1500 S. Denning Dr., Winter Park, FL 32789.  Meet to the right (east) of the Bartram sign. The class takes from three to four hours. The garden has been around for some 80 years through various stages of attention and neglect. It has over 100 edible species on an annual basis. Mead Garden has natives, exotics, now-banned plants, once-common plants, and just plain old weeds (often removed from more-attended gardens.) Among the edible species in Mead are: Amaranth, American Burnweed, American Eelgrass, Beautyberry, Bee Balm, Bitter Gourd, Blackberries, Black Cherry, Black Tupelo, Bulrush, Cabbage Palm, Caesar Weed, Camphor Tree, Cattails, Ceriman, Chickasaw Plum, Chinese Elm, Commelinas, Crowfoot Grass, Creeping cucumber, Dayflowers, Eastern Coral Bean, Elderberry, Epazota, Feijoa Tree, Florida Elm, False Hawks Beard, Florida Betony, Gallberry, Goose Grass, Goto Kola, Grapes, Ground Nuts, Guinea grass, Heartleaf Drymaria, Hibiscus, Hickory, Ilex vomitoria var nana and pendula, Koontie, Lemon Grass, Lantana, Loquat, Magnolia, Maples, Melaleuca, Micromeia brownii, Monkey Puzzle Tree, Nagi Tree, Night-blooming Cereus, Oaks,  Oxalis articulata,  intermedia, stricta, Paper Mulberry,  Pennyworts, Pickerel Weed, Pindo Palm, Pines, Podocarpus macrophylis, Poke Weed, Queen Palm, Red Bays, Red Bud, Red Mulberry, Reindeer Moss, Rubber Plant, Sand spurs, Saw palmetto, Seagrape, Shell Ginger,  Skunk vine, Smartweed, Smilax, Sow Thistle, Spanish Needles, Spiderworts, Surinam Cherry, Swamp lilly, Sweetgum, Sycamore, Tulip Tree, Usnea, Violets, Wapato, Water Bacopa, Wax Myrtle, Wild Pineapple, Willow, Yam, Dioscorea alata.

Private Class: This type of class is designed for special interest individuals or groups tailored to their specific needs (from private one-on-one lessons to a land owner who wants to know what plants are growing on the property). Also available are tailored classes for hiking, camping, and garden groups. Please contact me if interested.

Red Bug Slough Preserve, 5200 Beneva Road, Sarasota, FL, 34233. There are about 12 parking places and a residential street across the street that can be used. Among the edible there are pokeweed, pepper grass, pines, sida, tar vine, Spanish needles, fireweed, amaranth, puslane, bitter gourd, horseweed, sow thistles, plantagos, native and non-native grapes, smilax, sumac, cabbage palms, oaks, magnolias, gallberry, caesar weed, beautyberry, willow, sword ferns, hairy cowpea, wax myrtle, elderberry, pellitory, saw grass, true thistles, blackberries, sweet bay, sweet clover, panic grass, water shield, wapato, black medic, day flowers, dollar weed, dock, bottle brush, epazote, silverthorm, saw palmetto, maypops, ground cherries, porter weed, black nightshade, False Hawk’s Beard, Oxalis, creeping cucumber, and a few toxic ones such as poison ivy, coral bean and rosary pea.

Seminole Wekiva Trail, Jones Trailhead parking lot at the intersection of Markham Woods Road and Long Pond Road. Longwood, FL., 32779. This is an active bike trail so caution is needed. But as such it is also suitable for scooters and wheelchairs. We will be walking. There are no lakes or ponds along the trail so there are no aquatic plants. But what edibles we do see we will see often. We will walk north just over a mile to a Panera’s restaurant then return. There are many wild edibles along the way included maypops, yucca, black cherry, horsemint, spurge nettle, gopher apples, reindeer moss and pawpaws. If there is some interest when we get back to Jones Trailhead we can also go south a mile to Dixon Road where there are sassafras, persimmons, winged yams and elderberries. There is drinking water at the parking lot but no bathrooms.

Spruce Creek Park, 6250 Ridgewood Ave. Port Orange, 32127. GPS: N 20°05’35.4″ W080°58′.26.2″  Entrance is on the west side of southbound Ridgewood Ave (which is also US 1) Northbound traffic will have to make a U-turn. For southbound traffic, after passing Nova Road and the twin bridges the park entrance is 1/2 mile south on your right. The park, not far from Daytona Beach, has 1,637 acres and three miles of “nature” trails. It combines in a small area three different plant environments; a small patch of weeds common to urban areas, coastal hammock growth, and plants tolerant of the salty environment. Most are noticeable four species of hollies including the infamous Ilex vomitoria, the North American equivalent of Yerba Mate. Two common brackish water edibles, Saltwort and Sea Purslane, are also abundant. We will meet at the restrooms (it’s actually it’s a pavilion but the direction sign says restrooms.)

Treaty Park, 1595 Wildwood Drive, St. Augustine, Florida 32086. Go past the dog park, the skate park and the racket ball courts. We’ll meet at the pavilion near the pond.

Turtle Mound: Canaveral National Seashore Park. While there are plenty of plants to look at we will probably have to change locations in the park at least once during the class. Because of parking this may require car pooling. There is also a fee per car to get into the park. For a preview see my video on You Tube entitled Turtle Mound. We will meet at Turtle Mound parking area. Among the edible species growing there are: Ground cherries, saw palmettos, eastern coral bean, wild grapes, seablight, sea purslane, salicornia, searocket, Persea, cabbage palm, smilax, black mangrove, Ilex, feral citrus, spurge nettle, papaya, wild peppers (in season) sea oats (protected) crowfoot grass seaside bean, opuntia, nopalea, toothache tree, seagrapes, purslane, hackberry, sedges, Spanish needles,  sweet bay, and oaks,

Urban Crawl, meet in front of Panera’s, north end, 329 N. Park Avenue, Winter Park. Free parking in the parking garage, levels four and five behind Panera’s. The Urban Crawl is designed to help you identify edibles found in a city environment. We will see edible natives, imports, ornamentals, and neglected landscaping. We’ll also discuss issues with foraging in an urban area. Afterwards we can talk plants over coffee at Panera’s. We will walk approximately 2.5 miles most of it, but not all, on sidewalks. On March 6th the following edibles were seen:  Dandelions, Podocarpus macrophyllus, false Hawk’s Beard, cabbage palms, white clover, the bottle brush tree, Bidens pilosa, various Oxalis, pellitory, dollarweed, night blooming cereus, oaks, camphor trees, sword ferns, pepper grass, hairy bittercress, roses, cherries/plums. saw palmetto, dwarf and full grown Ilex vomitoria, pines, skunk vine, Turks cap, two species of sow thistle, Nandina, beautyberry, smilax, cattails, koontie, pickerel weed, dock, Micromeria brownii, bulrush, yellow pond lilly, water shield, shell ginger, Chinese elm, natal plum, Stachyis floridana, pansies, canna, lantana, purslane, wax begonia, sedges, pindo palm, American holly, spiderwort, goose grass, mulberry, chickweed, and tansy mustard. Non-edibles worthy of mention: Rosary pea, the most toxic seed on earth, dog fennel and mexican poppies.

Wekiva State Park, 1800 Wekiwa Circle, Apopka, Florida 32712. There is a park admission Fee: $6 per vehicle. Limit 8 people per vehicle, $4 for a single occupant vehicle, $2 pedestrians or bicyclists. Meet at the Sand Lake parking lot. Unlike city parks or the urban area, Wekiva Park is “wild” Florida. There are very few weeds of urbanization. The edibles are mostly native plants and far between. This class is recommended for anyone interested in what the natives used. We will walk about four miles roundtrip. The plants are sporadically located. We will visit upland scrub and river bottom ecological zones, and then we will retrace our path and ”test” everyone. The walking is on trails and depending on the weather, at times it can be taxing. Bring water, appropriate clothes, and hiking equipment. Plan accordingly. You must be able to walk four miles in heat and sun. We will take a tree-shaded break half way at to Rock Springs Run.

Wickham Park: 2500 Parkway Drive, Melbourne, FL 32935-2335. Meet at the “dog park” inside the park (turn right after entrance, go 1/4 mile, dog run on right, parking at run or on previous left.) This park is a recreational area more than a wildlife habitat, Wickham Park still offers several dozen edible species in two distinct habitats. We will walk about 1.5 miles. Among the edible species are Oaks, Cabbage palm, Crowfoot grass, Pines, Centella erecta (Asian Dollar Weed) Pennywort, Dollarweed, Plantains, Bidens pilosa (Spanish needles) Saw palmetto, Caesar weed, Grapes, ( native and hybrids) Smilax, Yucca filamentosa, Gopher apples, Wax myrtles, American Beauty Berry, Poke weed, Sumac, Saw grass, Elderberry, False hawks beard, Pellitory, Creeping cucumber, Oxalis, Bitter gourd, Cattails, smooth-leaf bacopa, Gallberry, Wapato, or wapati, Bull thistle, Ground cherry, and Purslane. Because of the distance this class has to have confirmed students ahead of time.

Your choice is an unplanned foraging walk. It can be public or private property in Central Florida, or an above site we have not visited in a long time. Usually the organizer — you — takes care of getting the minimum of 5 people to attend. As it is site unseen there are no guarantees on the amount or quality of the edibles to be found. The best locations include sites with bodies of water, fresh, brackish, or salt. Upland scrub (oaks, saw palmettos and pines) favorite among campers, are usually some of the poorest of locations for wild edibles. Old city parks are often good locations, even your neighborhood. State parks are among the least desirable unless they have varying terrain and water. Food is where the water is.  YOUR CHOICE classes are open to anyone.

{ 184 comments… read them below or add one }

Hugo Cabrera November 13, 2015 at 09:48

Do you visit New Orleans, will like to take a class, or any recommendations, thanks


Daleen September 29, 2015 at 04:28

Is there any place in Johannesburg South Africa where I can meet up with people to go foraging?


Tammera Sergy September 6, 2015 at 07:11

I went on your walk sept.5th in Cassadega. (I wore tye dye). It was a most educational, fun 3 hours!!! You were very easy to understand, and very funny!! I WILL be joining you on another hike. This time with a pad and paper. Totally worth it. Thank you!!!


Nicole August 24, 2015 at 15:50

When will you be on the SpaceCoast again?! If not anytime soon, I would love to book a private class!


Darren August 5, 2015 at 14:12

Hi Green Deane, I see that you had a class in Gainesville (couldn’t tell if it was this year or not). Wish I could have attended it. Will you be having any other classes in the Gainesville region any time in the near (or not so near) future?



Green Deane August 7, 2015 at 17:27

Yes, all my classes listed are this year. I can get back to Gainesville in September. By they way I got a Lone star tick while I was there and I am half way though the waiting period to see if it is going to make me allergic to red meat.


Bob June 22, 2015 at 14:49

We, Susan and I attended your class this past Sunday at John Chestnut Park. We found it very informative and entertaining. As a native “outdoorsy” Floridian and military trained in multiple survival courses I am comfortable away from the house. This class has helped much in furthering my Florida edibles knowledge and Susan’s comfort level “on the land”. Thanks.


Brad June 20, 2015 at 10:43

Hello Green Deane, I just recently discovered your YouTube video’s. I also just bought a new book, “Florida’s Edible Wild Plants”, written by Peggy Sias Lantz. In the book she mentions you. I thought that was pretty cool considering I just started watching your videos a few days ago. Do you ever do any classes in the Ocala national Forest or along the bike trail in Citrus county?


Green Deane June 20, 2015 at 16:57

All the time. In fact I have one in Ocala next week.


sky Michaud May 21, 2015 at 09:06

I found a few more wild edibles growing in abundance at Wickham park elderberry, blue berry low bush form,watercress, cattail, prickly pear, sumac, wax. myrtle, reishi mushrooms and bi color bolete in season.


Green Deane May 21, 2015 at 09:53

Watercress… hmmmm, where was that?


Richard Estes March 24, 2015 at 11:57

I hope you will consider Peggy Park Trail, when you go to John Chesnut Park in Pinellas County. I have given walks there in the past, and I had met Peggy Park back in the old days


Green Deane March 24, 2015 at 14:27

I hold classes at the Peggy Park trail regularly, the last three weeks ago.


Robert March 1, 2015 at 11:54

Do you have any plans of doing a class in the Jacksonville area in 2015? I’m having problems locating anybody who teaches foraging.


Green Deane March 1, 2015 at 16:02

I hold classes there regularly about every six weeks. I need to schedule one in April.


Donald Murray February 24, 2015 at 12:09

Have you ever done a canoe or kayak foraging? Just wondering.


Green Deane February 24, 2015 at 16:58

Yes but it is not as interesting as one might think because it is a monoculture and after an hour the plants don’t change.


Donald Murray February 24, 2015 at 12:08

Is the April class in Port Charlotte on Saturday the 4th or Sunday the 5th? Your notice stated Saturday the 5th. :)


Green Deane February 24, 2015 at 17:00

Thanks for pointing that out to me. It’s right on the main page. I am in Port Charlotte on Saturday for an event at Bamboo Grove with ANdy Firk. SO I thought I would overnight and so a class on SUnday the 5th. I did not know it was Easter.


linda the basket weaver January 10, 2015 at 18:55

Today’s class at Wickham was very good…. I was so glad to be able to get good photos and take notes. Thanks again. Hope you enjoy your basket.


Green Deane January 11, 2015 at 17:44

Thank you. I love the basket and plant on taking a lot of light box pictures of it.


April Tea January 2, 2015 at 20:34

Love your videos. Love your website. I would love to take a class. I live in Mobile, Alabama and am curious if you ever come out this way. Perhaps Pensacola or some place on the Pan-Handle? How many folks would you need for a class to make the trip? Thanks for all the wonderful information and Happy New Year.


Green Deane January 2, 2015 at 21:12

Thanks for writing. I’d like to hold classes in the Pensacola area but I need to have a suitable location to hold the class.


Michael Miller September 8, 2014 at 20:44

I have seen all your videos thanks for making them. I am a fan. I don’t however see anything on sunchokes, Jerusalem Artichokes which provide huge gains in food. Can you make a video of those?



Green Deane September 9, 2014 at 03:17

I don’t have a video but I do have an article on them. They really aren’t wild food.


Joanne Kearns September 3, 2014 at 11:39

Do you ever come to Long Island New York and if so when? Thank you


Green Deane September 3, 2014 at 18:18

No but there are several foraging instructors who do. Under “foraging” on my main page there is a drop down menu of foraging instructors.


Leslie Williams August 28, 2014 at 20:25

Let me know when you are in Tarpon Springs again. I am a “foodie” who just got turned on to foraging by Top Chef Duels.


Green Deane August 28, 2014 at 22:26

I’ll be in Sarasota Sunday… same plants…


sharon schumacher August 20, 2014 at 16:53

i live in Applegate , Mi how and where do i find classes on mushroom hunting and identification. could you please let me know if you ever come to mi for a class.


DICK August 20, 2014 at 08:54

Hi Green Deane,

Do you have a book? I live in So. Calif. and would like a good field guide to the local edibles in this neck of the woods. Any recommendations?

Thanks in advance for you guidance.




Mike July 28, 2014 at 12:16

Hey Dean I’ve been to three of your classes in port orange and DeLeon I have a weed in my back yard it has big leaves a red stock and black Berry’s with a crown maybe you could tell me what it might be Thank you


Green Deane July 28, 2014 at 16:15

My guess is mature poke weed, too old to eat. It’s a toxic plant without proper harvesting and preparing.


Green Deane August 9, 2014 at 07:29

Pokeweed is usually my first guess.


Donna June 26, 2014 at 15:55

Do you have anything close to Pensacola?


Green Deane July 7, 2014 at 16:05

I’ve been trying to hold classes in that part of the state for a couple of years. Finding a location is a stumbling block. But I hope to do so this year.


James June 17, 2014 at 02:12

If your ever in the Pensacola area please please email me. I know for sure I could get 5 people.I’ve been trying my best to find wild edibles here but pretty tuff so far.


Green Deane July 7, 2014 at 16:58

I want to hold classes in that area. It is finding a suitable location that is the stumbling block at the moment. Hopefully I can do it this fall.


Yolanda Tims June 10, 2014 at 07:12

Hi there! I’m curious as to why old city parks are much better than state parks for finding variety of wild edibles?
Thank you


Green Deane June 10, 2014 at 08:07

Old city parks have the native plants, the agricultural weeds, the weeds that come with domestic people and edible ornamentals. There is a far greater variety of edible plants in suburbia than in the wild, or at least most wilds in North America. I can walk a mile in a city park and see over 100 different edible species. I can walk eight miles in a state park and see 17 different edible species. 10,000 pine trees counts as one edible species.


Danicia May 26, 2014 at 03:07

hi, do you ever have classes anywhere in Mississippi? I was reading on an old forum, and it said that you had held classes here. I may be completely mistaken. Do you know of anyone that holds classes near Central Mississi, near the Jackson area? Thank you.(sorry if this posted multiple times, my phone is acting strange)


Taylor Melnik May 5, 2014 at 13:31

Yea sorry about, I read most of your dates as on sundays and I guess thought that the west palm class was today instead of saturday :(

Am interested in seeing about a private class for this week. How do I set that up (if your available)?
I’m in Orlando, but I go to college out in St. Pete so there are a lot of locations that would work for me.



Ooha April 18, 2014 at 12:56

I just came across your site. I am interested in your classes. are you taking any classes in Tampa/brandon. Please let me know and I would like to attend


Green Deane April 18, 2014 at 14:41

I have classes near Tarpon Springs and in Sarasoata. These are basically the same plants.


Paul Swanson April 17, 2014 at 13:15

Dean, It is unlikely you remember me from a year ago as I took your class in the Tampa area, but I set in motion a request for your class in Wilderness Lakes Preserves with our Lodge Manager.

I have since moved to Tallahassee, but I see she has scheduled you for earth day class. I hope it goes well and your group enjoys your training. If you get to this area, please shoot me a line. If I can get off work, I would love to further my learning of foraging. Paul Swanson


Green Deane April 18, 2014 at 18:13

Thanks… that is supposed to happen Tuesday.


Katherine April 8, 2014 at 08:34

Green Deane, does Florida Betony grow as far south as palm beach county?


Green Deane April 9, 2014 at 09:17

It grows as far south as Dade County but it mostly favors the soutwest coast not the east coast south of Volusia.


Katherine April 8, 2014 at 08:22

Any Sundays planned for Dreher park sometime soon?


Green Deane April 8, 2014 at 15:56

If it made it through the winter it will take off.


Jan March 23, 2014 at 12:27

Dear Deane,
I own an acre of weeds in Tampa so I thought I’d check to see what was edible. The only thing I can identify, however, is a mulberry tree. I am looking at pictures of mulberry leaves used in salads, but I am then reading that you can’t eat full sized leaves. You have to eat them when they aren’t much more than buds. Which is correct? Thanks for any help you can give me.


Green Deane March 23, 2014 at 18:14

Yep, that’s about right. You might want to read some of my recent newsletters because they deal with stuff in season. You can find them in the Archive under Newsletters.


Karen February 8, 2014 at 07:52

I am very interested in your classes. Any idea when you will have another one in the Orlando area?


Green Deane February 11, 2014 at 16:25

I will be having a class in Winter Park on Feb. 23rd.


Michael Simms January 29, 2014 at 18:24

Hi Green Deane! I love your videos. Do you know of any foraging teachers in the Pittsburgh PA area?


Green Deane January 29, 2014 at 22:22

If you go to my home page find a drop down menu under the foraging button. That will say foraging instructors. Go there and look up Pennsylvania or near by states. You can also email those instructor if they know of any as well.


Frank Povsic January 8, 2014 at 00:00

My 3 boys and I really enjoyed the class this weekend in Palm Harbor. My second oldest boy still talks about the wild cucumber…lol I am sure they will talk about it at their next Boy Scout meeting. Hopefully we can up to central Florida soon again. Thank you !!!!!


Cindi October 14, 2013 at 09:51

Hey, Dean! Are you planning to come to Port Charlotte again any time soon? If you don’t have a set date planned, I will try to get a group together. Have you ever been to ECHO in North Fort Myers? They are pretty cool, but I really want to take one of your classes.

Thanks for your time! Loved the bunya video. :-)



Natasha September 29, 2013 at 22:56

Hi Deane,
I really enjoyed your class in Palm Harbor last week. Since then, I’ve been hunting for bitter gourd with no luck. I wish I’d gotten some leaves when I was there. I’d appreciate any advice on where to look or where at John chestnut I can find it please. All the chain link fences I come across look pristine. Thanks!


Green Deane October 1, 2013 at 07:44

Hi again… the main entrance to the park is shaped like a Y. The right side if the southern entrance, the left side the northern entrance. If you take the northern entrance the Bitter Gourds will but about 150 feet ahead on your right (before you get to the flag pole.) Hope that helps.


Natasha August 29, 2013 at 22:34

Hi Green Deane, I’m looking forward to your September class in Palm Harbor. Did you get my reservation?
Also, if you’ve been to Howard park in Tarpon Springs, could you recommend other edibles I can search for there? So far I’ve eaten beauty berry and Spanish needle from there because I was confident in Iding those. I really enjoy Spanish needle leaves!


Green Deane August 30, 2013 at 05:41

I’ve never heard of the park though with relatives in Tarpon Springs I visit often.


Natasha August 30, 2013 at 11:48

Aww in that case you should visit one day. It’s a park with a causeway leading to a small beach, minutes from Tarpon High School.


Rebecca July 23, 2013 at 09:01

Please respond to this question of – When and/are you planning to conduct a class on foraging and wild edibles in the Pensacola area? There are quite a few people interested and would gladly come to this class!

Thanks and look forward to your comments.


Green Deane July 23, 2013 at 10:52

Thanks for writing. I really want to hold them there. What is holding me up is finding a suitable location. State parks are usually rather poor places for such classes. Old city parks do well, places with differing environments (not just pine/oak scrub) ponds, lawns, trees… parking and bathrooms. Drinking water is nice as well.


Katherine July 22, 2013 at 13:37

Hi!!! So excited to do a plant walk with you….will you be in the West Palm Beach area anytime soon on a Sunday?


Green Deane July 22, 2013 at 14:08

I’ll get back to WPB in mid-August but this weekend I am in Ft Pierce which is an hour’s drive north. Not a bad distance, same plants.


brian trunk June 22, 2013 at 13:17

is it safe to use citrus leaves as spices in tea and in cooking?they smell good when crushed,but no gardeners I’ve spoken with have any idea of their edibility.


Green Deane June 23, 2013 at 18:58

Usually citrus leaves are not used.


Maggie October 22, 2013 at 01:16

Kaffir lime’s leaves are used for culinary purposes in Thai and other Asian cuisine. I live in Florida and am growing this tree for its leaves. The fruit is not edible, except for the zest.


Jon May 29, 2013 at 23:23

I have no formal education of plants….but I am very interested in learning about wild local edibles….is this a good choice for me and my high school aged child to attend? Also do you recommend any books to bring for your class?


Green Deane May 30, 2013 at 07:47

All the plants I cover in walks are on my website. So most folks just bring a small note book and or a camera. Some tape samples into a notebook.


Mike Lowe May 16, 2013 at 21:53

I took a wild edible foods course through Volusia County in the mid 70s.
We went to several different locations over several weeks and I still recall a lot. Could I have been your student then? I’m just curious. Your site is fascinating and I am sooo happy you are located and teach here in Volusia.

Mike Lowe, Ormond Beach


Green Deane May 17, 2013 at 06:59

Mid-70s…. no. It might have been Dick Deuerling or someone from the Native Plant Society.


Joan Norris April 30, 2013 at 19:35

Wish you had classes closer to my home in Alexandria Va.!! I love your website. I have learned a lot and have been eating dandelion salads which I shared(along with your website) with my neighbors. I took a photo of a weed in my yard that I would like to identify. I think it might be in the plantain family? Is there a way to send you this photo in an e-mail? Also I have realized how arbitrary our use of the classification of “weed” is! THANKS SOOO MUCH.


O. Douglas Crissman April 24, 2013 at 13:01

Green Deane, 4-24-2013, 1000
I have been around Plants and their use for about 13 years.
It is because of Ms.Hilla Futterman (rest her soul) that I can use the out doors the way I do. I live in Southern California, and need to find a new plant whizzard.
I found you mentioned a woman in Topanga, California, named Sunny som thing. Would you be so kind and tell me how I get in touch with her.
You really are fantastic at doing what you do, Please keep it UP.

O. Douglas Ceissman


Green Deane April 25, 2013 at 06:26

Sunny Savage. Just google her name.


Bobbi Pitzner March 4, 2013 at 21:33

Have you ever been to Pine Island in SWFL? Just wondering if that would be a mecca for wild edibles?


Paul Deffes February 24, 2013 at 17:08

Great class today Deane. I enjoyed walking the FSCJ south campus with you.
I went out after class and found quite a few of the edibles we discussed on the abandoned golf course I live on. Sheep sorel, non-native sorel, poor mans pepper, false haws beard, chickweed, lantana and quite a bit of nightshade, didn’t eat any of that though. I hope to join you again when you come in few months. It’s gonna be hot!


Green Deane February 26, 2013 at 06:24

Wonderful… that’s what it’s all about…


bob dagit January 18, 2013 at 08:22

After eating the weeds in dreher park, don’t forget to check out the exotic meats and bugs on the menu at the South Florida Fair.
Jungle George’s food truck should be there. Eat the scorpions and rattlers too!


Green Deane January 18, 2013 at 16:46

Thanks for the tip. It’s just a couple of miles from where I hold my West Palm Beach classes.


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