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, children 14 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.


Saturday, August 19th, Spruce Creek Park, 6250 Ridgewood Ave. Port Orange, 32127. 9 a.m.

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

Sunday, August 27th, Florida State College, south campus, 11901 Beach Blvd.,  Jacksonville, 32246.  9 a.m.

Saturday, September 2nd, Boulware Springs Park, 3420 SE 15th St.,  Gainesville, FL 32641. 9 a.m.

Sunday, September 17th, John Chestnut County Park: 2200 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor, FL 34685. 9 a.m.


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Port Charlotte Foraging Class path.

Bayshore Live Oak Park, Bayshore Drive. 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.

We start in the middle near the tennis courts

Blanchard Park, 10501 Jay Blanchard Trail, Orlando, FL 32817. This is a large park with a YMCA facility built in as well as play grounds, tennis courts and soccer fields. It also runs along a the Little Econlockhatchee River so there is an opportunity to see some water plants as well. One down side is the only bathroom open a 9 a.m. is about a quarter mile west from where we meet. By the end of the class the YMCA is open. Jay Blanchard Trail runs east-west south of University Boulevard. The park can be entered on the west side by Dean Road (thus you dive by the bathrooms) or from the east side off Rouse Road.

Boulware Springs walk, Gainesville FL

Boulware 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, total distance 1.8 miles. 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 foraging path.

Colby-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 1.8 miles with most of it on a paved walkway or a sand path.

mmb-wpb-copyDreher 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.

In Jacksonville we walk 1.5 miles.

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.

LaStrange is a primitive area to forage.

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 can be closed anytime by the government.

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:

Class path in Ocala

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.

Class path John Chestnut Park

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.

We walk two miles over four hours.

We walk two miles over four hours.

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 Winter Park, a three-mile walk.

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.

 Venetian Gardens, 201 E. Dixie Ave, Leesburg, FL 34748. What do you do with low islands that flood regularly? Add some bridges and call the park Venetian Gardens, which is about a half mile west of Leesburg Regional Medical Center. It’s a 100-acre park on Lake Harris and is also adjacent to a ball park. The flat landscape lends itself to easy walking but we’ll cover about three miles during the class walking about the park. As it is lake side the list of foragables leans towards the aquatic and we might get our feet wet. There are also many freeloading birds and squirrels in attendance… will beg for photo opt.  

mmr-mel-copyWickham 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.

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.

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Bob Franz August 16, 2017 at 07:42

Yo “Deanester”,
The class in Ocala was a blast ! Thank you for sharing your vast knowledge, your passion. & your wit. I learned a lot and gained more confidence in my foraging skills. Looking forward to attending future classes ….. God willing & the creek don’t rise. LOL !
Until then,
God bless and keep on foraging,
Bob Franz, Dunnellon, Fl.


Debbie July 18, 2017 at 16:25

Your class on Sunday, the 16th was great. I learned A lot as usual. Can’t wait to see ya again.


Green Deane July 19, 2017 at 13:11

Thank you for your kind words and for attending the class.


Grandmotherbear June 22, 2017 at 20:12

Enjoying your newsletters) every month. We are still in Maritime Canada (Newfoundland and Nova Scotia till the end of the month, searching for a more benign summer climate. I bought a book on edible plants of Newfoundland and Labrador. It was a little scarce on the foraging side- several new to me berries, several old to me berries northern subspecies, fiddleheads of 3 ferns, and orach. Just a little disappointing, I am sure there are more, plus edible seaweeds. BTW Maritime Canadian cooks use a lot less sugar than I am used to and the end result was that I found partridgeberry inedible. Dandelions of course are prolific along the roads and far more huge than I have ever been used to seeing them.
I know you grew up in Maine. I am figuring that hot weather comes earlier and lasts longer up here than it used to when you and I were kids. I was surprised at the high humidity in NF and NS-it made the 75 *F day today feel like a Florida day in the high 80s. But I loved the landscape, most all the people have been wonderful, and I am hoping for a longer period of time to visit each summer.


Daniel April 11, 2017 at 11:57

Green Deane,
Are you coming back to West Palm anytime soon?




Green Deane June 2, 2017 at 01:01

I would not eat it.


Claudio Perissutti April 5, 2017 at 06:11

I took a class with you on Ocala about two years ago and loved it.
I live a few blocks from Wickham park and would love to attend your class there on the 9th I will bring 1 guest 😁


Green Deane April 5, 2017 at 12:03

See you Sunday…


Joe Schmidt March 30, 2017 at 09:01

Do you have any space available for the April 9 class at Wickham Park?
I would like to attend


Green Deane March 30, 2017 at 20:03

Plenty of room…


Tim Armstrong March 22, 2017 at 21:29

Are you still doing Jacksonville this Sunday? Are spaces open? What time is the walk?
Thank, Tim


Green Deane March 24, 2017 at 09:39

Yes, the walk starts at 9 a.m. but is a large class.


Mark Prynoski March 20, 2017 at 15:20

I see there will be a walk on April 9 at Wickham Park in Melbourne. Are you planning any walks in a less urban part of Brevard County?


Green Deane March 21, 2017 at 07:58

That is a common misconception. Suburbia has a greater selection of edibles than most state parks et cetera. In a park you have the native plants, the plants that come with civilization and agriculture, and edible ornamentals. Depending up on the season we can see between four and five dozen different edible species in Wickham Park.


Michelle Osborne March 20, 2017 at 12:40

Can I bring my autistic son with me? He is hi functioning and 10 years old. I can’t wait to join one of your classes with my 12 year old daughter ☺☺


Green Deane March 21, 2017 at 07:58

Sure, no problem.


T February 23, 2017 at 16:36

Hi, Greene,

Do you know the next time you’ll be offering a class in Sarasota? My wife and I would love to attend. Thanks so much!


Green Deane March 1, 2017 at 11:46

I will be there April 2nd and 29th. (PS: Your email bounces back as unknown.)


stevefl February 22, 2017 at 12:13

Would anyone be interested in attending a class in Apopka ?? It’s a small park with two lakes and some urban woodland just off of Huntclub Boulevard near HY 436. If enough people commit I will contact Dean to schedule.


Green Deane April 13, 2017 at 07:24

Yes, Sunny Savage and Net Bletter both give classes. You can find them on my foraging instructor page which is on the drop down menu under foraging.


angela christine February 22, 2017 at 06:07

I’m so stinking excited to have found your classes, I can’t hardly stand it!
I’ll see you at FSC in a few weeks!!!


Emily February 17, 2017 at 16:54


When do you expect to have a class in West palm beach, fl Dreher Park?


Green Deane March 17, 2017 at 08:19

I have one scheduled there this weekend, March 19 (2017)


Laura Hughes February 2, 2017 at 12:00

I don’t have credit card. Do you accept cash or a check? I live in Gainesville, Florida.


Green Deane February 3, 2017 at 08:55

Most people attend class pay cash on the day of the class.


joel van der Loon February 1, 2017 at 22:17

Hi Green Deane,

I am going to Central Florida, Ocala national forest, in a couple weeks and I am hoping that you could point out some good wild edibles I could search for this time of year. It would be much appreciated. I love your website.



Vickie White January 22, 2017 at 07:36

Hello, We live in Lakeland, Fl. and are interested in finding out which class would be the most educational as far as variety of specimens. We don’t mind traveling to attend. Thanks and have a wonderful day.


Elizabeth Moore January 8, 2017 at 00:20

Hi Greene,
I just heard about you and your talents today here i Sarasota. Would you let me know the next time you are planning a trip to Sarasota? I am involved with the Florida House Institute and would like to have you talk to some of the members. I also just bought a large ranch near Myakka State Park and would like you to give a tour around there looking for edible weeds & identifying what I ve got out there.


Green Deane January 24, 2017 at 18:42

I will be in Sarasota this Saturday.


Carin December 28, 2016 at 12:16

I just found this website. Love it, by the way. I live next to John Chesnut Park in Palm Harbor, FL, and I see that you have it as a location on your class list. Will you be doing a class here in the near future? Carin


Green Deane January 4, 2017 at 05:55

Thanks for writing. I have a class in Melbourne (FL) on Jan 15th, 2017.


Babe November 5, 2016 at 05:17

This is my first class. What are the clothing and other requirements? I am going to the Red Bug Slough Preserve on November 6th. Any information on this trip would be appreciated. Thank You.


Green Deane November 7, 2016 at 07:48

I’m sorry I didn’t see this until today.


David Yee October 15, 2016 at 21:14

Dear Greene,
Hi, I hope you are well, just wanted to get a date you may have set up
for your next nature walk at John Chestnut County Park, Palm Harbor. Fl.
The last time I saw you I was studying herbs with Bob Linde’s group. I really enjoyed your presentation & walk around, it was so informative and fun. I live in Clearwater, it is so close to Palm Harbor, this would be such a great opportunity for me to spend time with you and learn from your experience and expertise that you share so openly. May I register for this class, please get back with me at your convenience, Thank you and much appreciation. Peace.


Jason October 10, 2016 at 13:26

Hi Deane,

Thank you for all of the great info on wild edibles. I’m new to foraging and would like to know more about what I can eat growing in my own yard! Do you have any classes in the northwest part of Fl? I live north of Destin, FL.



Green Deane January 4, 2017 at 06:07

I plan to hold some there, yes.


Dominga September 12, 2016 at 10:51

Mr. Deane, a friend of mine talked about you when we were discussing about weeds. She said she knows somebody who is expert on this subject. I found your website and i am very glad to know that you offer foraging classes. I see that you are having a class at Orlando this coming Sunday and was wondering if you can drop by Haines City to do a class for my group. A friend has a property we can visit. We are looking at doing it on Monday if you give us the chance. Thank you in advance


Cheryl Larsen September 12, 2016 at 10:28

Very interested in a private class in Polk County, just south of Orlando on a weekday if that is something you could do in the near future!


CC September 2, 2016 at 07:24

Do you ever do classes in the Carolinas or Tennessee? We’d be interested! 🙂


Randi Grattan August 29, 2016 at 17:05

Looks like you were up in the panhandle of Florida in 2013. Do you know when you will be here again? I live in Panama City.


Ed August 25, 2016 at 17:16

Any chance you would be able to find time and a location in the Panama City/ NW FL area
Wanting to learn hands & eyes on


Charlotte February 27, 2017 at 17:49

That would be awesome. I hope I get the invite if a Panama City class is scheduled


CANDY CARPENTER August 24, 2016 at 14:42




Nikki August 20, 2016 at 15:21

Hello! I love just outside Tallahassee. I was curious if you’ve done any classes in or around tallahassee. My family lives in Bradenton, so I can got to a Sarasota class. But I’m sure we will have some different plants where I live.


Green Deane August 22, 2016 at 17:25

The difficult part is finding a suitable location in Tallahassee.


Matthew Rakestraw September 15, 2016 at 16:21

I live in Tallahassee, Piney Z. , Southwood, Tom Brown Park or maybe even The Apalachicola National Forest just South of Tallahassee might be possibilities.


Jeffery Morrison September 28, 2016 at 22:28

Hey Matthew, will you be attending the Jacksonville class on Oct. 16th?


Michelle November 18, 2016 at 11:19

I would be interested in a class in or near Tallahassee, too!


Jeffery September 28, 2016 at 22:24

I’ve recently relocated to Tally, and would love to know what some of the different plants are here as well 🙂

So far Tom Brown park or the Lake Jackson Mounds would be my suggestions…


Robert August 3, 2016 at 19:03

Could you tell me when you next will be in either the Port Charlotte or Sarasota location? I live between the two and would love to take your class.


Green Deane August 5, 2016 at 15:35

It should be soon. I will let you know.


Adina August 2, 2016 at 21:35

Are you able to give a walk at the Oxbow Eco Center in Fort Pierce? It has a lot of acres of stunning high and low land Floridascapes, and I am constantly seeing plants there with which I am entirely unfamiliar. A great guide would be such an asset there.


Green Deane August 3, 2016 at 07:43

I can do such classes in such places but such places usually don’t let me because they are manned and controlled. I do have a class a LaStrange Preserve, however.


mark July 16, 2016 at 09:53

Deane do you ever have classes in the upper hillsbourgh or green swamp areas


Green Deane July 16, 2016 at 16:44

I looked at the Green Swamp area but it is not a mono-culture but is much like a river in that it has a set number of natives edibles and not much else. I used to do a class in east Hillsborough County but it was on private estates and I had to move.


Robert Andrews July 5, 2016 at 12:01

Do you have any classes near Fort Lauderdale / Miami ?


Green Deane July 5, 2016 at 16:28

I get down to West Palm Beach regularly. I need to find a good location for a class further south.


Dashaina Gibbs July 4, 2016 at 11:03

Do you have any familiarity with Panama edible weeds?


Dashaina Gibbs July 3, 2016 at 14:28

Do you have experience with panamanian weeds? We struggle to find a local knowledgeable in the edibles outside of culantro and the obvious stuff. I’m trying to figure out the ground cover edibles. Stuff that grows in Florida seems similar to here. Any suggestions on where I could find some guidance? Much appreciated! Love the videos, taught us about coco plums that we discovered growing on our property. I also think we may have elderberry too, among other things.


Kristen Latas July 3, 2016 at 11:22

Hi! I am thrilled to have found your website and class list! I am so interested in this subject. I am familiar with some wild edibles but I want to learn so much more. I live in St. Augustine. Do you have any plans to come to this area soon? Thanks!


Green Deane July 3, 2016 at 19:14

Not until August and then it will be in Port Orange or in Jacksonville. Which are you closer to?


Kristen July 5, 2016 at 10:24

I am closer to Jacksonville.


cheryl June 19, 2016 at 19:43

Dear sir,
I don’t know who else to ask and since you spend much time outdoors perhaps you know the answer to my question.
Walking on a secluded country road this eve , a strange small mammal crossed the road in front of me. I am an avid outdoor person and thought I knew the animal kingdom well but this creature has me stumped. It resembled a meercat, or pine martin with a very bushy tail. As it loped into a field it stood on it’s haunches like a prairie dog. The tail was like a skunks, only in shades of brown. Any clue as to what this was?
I have just spent too much time researching on the internet with no answer.
Thank you for your time,
Cheryl Kumiski


Beth June 27, 2016 at 08:36

Sounds like a Sherman Fox Squirrel. I had a similar encounter and it freaked me out, as it looked so unusual. Check them out; they are awesome!


Barbara June 9, 2016 at 15:33

My husband and I met you at Andy Firk’s place several months ago; you gave a plant walk and then we sat in his yard talking for some time. How much would you charge to come to our property (5 acres, but 3-4 acres is left wild, so there is only 1-2 acres to walk around on for plant identification)?
We live in south Sarasota county (North Port estates). We could possibly wait until you do a walk at Bayshore Park in Port Charlotte and then you could come here? Or not.
Barbara Rendell


Alexandra April 1, 2016 at 18:53

Glad I found you! Just moved from the Denver area, very excited about learning foraging here in the abundant Florida landscape. Are you planning any classes in around the Bradenton/Sarasota area? Looking for a good spot to forage sea beans/glasswort. Looking forward to joining a class!


Green Deane April 1, 2016 at 21:08

I have on in Port Charlotte on the 17th of this April. But, I don’t recall Glasswort growing at that location.


BSC March 29, 2016 at 16:45

I’m vacationing near Orlando first week of August. Do you do any foraging this time of year? Classes?


Green Deane June 11, 2016 at 15:14

Thanks for writing. I am usually in the Carolians in August but that might not happen this year.


Steve Brow March 13, 2016 at 14:18

Hi I have been interested in foraging for many years. I currently live in Tallahassee, and I am a member of the FTA (Florida Trail Association) as well as several other local clubs. I was wondering what your criteria would be for setting up a class/seminar in the Tallahassee area?


Jessica March 3, 2016 at 11:34

What is your closest location to Fort Lauderdale?


Green Deane March 3, 2016 at 14:33

FOr the moment, West Palm Beach which is a short drive up I4.


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