Foraging Instructors

by Green Deane

Foraging goat, Rodopou Peninsula, Crete (photo by Green Deane)

The quickest and safest way to learn foraging is with a local expert. You not only learn what there is to know but do not spend time learning things you don’t need to know. Further, you also get the local angle on plants, important information that is usually not found in foraging books published on a national or even regional level. The local expert can give you insights to climate and species variation. Also with a teacher you get the opportunity to have your identification skills honed and your judgment sharpened. That builds confidence.

Below is a list of about 100 foraging teachers and instructors from the United States, Canada and Europe. The beginnings of the list started in the 90s in a book by Dr. Peter Gail. It moved to the Internet via Sunny Savage. It has been expanded and maintain here since 2008. There is no charge for inclusion. It’s just a public service. If you know of someone competent to add to the list please let me know. There are also several states still missing teachers. To make corrections, additions or deletions contact me. Last updated: 18 August 2014 at 21:10.

And now to make my lawyer happy: Disclaimer: The listing of foraging and plant experts is provided on this website strictly as a reference tool and is not intended to act in any way as an endorsement, recommendation, testimonial, or certification of knowledge of the subject matter contained in this website. Any contact with persons identified on this list is strictly and categorically voluntary and as such is thus separate and detached from this website. The providers of this website, its advertisers, and principles shall accept no liability for statements, representations, opinions, guarantees, omissions, behaviors, or any combination thereof made by foragers and plant experts referenced in this website. End of placating my lawyer.

United States, Canada, Europe

 

 

Alabama

Darryl Patton,
PO Box 8481,
Gadsden AL. 35902,
256-547-2453
darryl@thesouthernherbalist.com

Darryl Patton

Alaska

Arizona

Peter Bigfoot
Reevis Mountain School,
7448 S. J-B Ranch Rd.,
Roosevelt, AZ 85545,
bigfoot@reevismountain.org,
reevismountain
Peter Bigfoot
Joyce Latura
P.O. Box 52
Tumacacori,
AZ 85640,
bjbinx53@aol.com

Joyce Latura

Michael Morearty,
4436 W Sierra St.
,
Glendale, AZ 85301
602-938-2275 (h)
602-909-9629 (mobile)
mikeinphoenix@hotmail.com
Mike Masek
Flagstaff,AZ
Mike Masek <mmasek@theforagerspath.com>

http://www.theforagerspath.com

Mike Masek

Patty West
PO Box 55
Flagstaff,AZ 86002,
928-607-3162
paw3333@yahoo.com
Patty West

Arkansas

California

Kevin Feinstein
Oakland,CA,
feralkevin@gmai.com,
feralkevin.com
Kevin Feinstein
Ellen Kelley,
USC Wrigley Marine Science Center,
Santa Catalina Island,
PO Box 5069,
Avalon,CA 90704
Ellen Kelley
Headwaters Outdoor School
,
PO Box 1698,
Santa Cruz,
CA 95061,
831-423-3830,
info@hwos.com
Christopher Nyerges
,
626-791-3217,
christopher_nyerges@yahoo.com
,
ChristopherNyerges
Christopher Nyerges
Heather Pier
Auburn, California
916-996-1739
Jim Robertson
Aboriginal Skills.Com
310-395-0943
j3rbrts@dslextreme.com

Jim Robertson

Hank Shaw,
Sacranento, CA
Scrbblr@hotmail.com

http://honest-food.net/

Hank Shaw

Hank Shaw

Urban Outdoor Skills
10500 Woldrich Street
Sylmar, CA 91342
Pascal@urbanoutdoorskills.com
UrbanOutdoorSkills

Pascal Baudar

Barbara Kolander
Wild Mountain Services
P.O. Box 1131
Crestline, CA 92325
909 337-1481
wildmtnwoman@hotmail.com.
Barbara Kolander

Colorado

Katrina Blair
Turtle Lake Refuge,
Rocky Mountain Retreat,
848 E. 3rd Avenue
Durango, Colorado 81301
970-247-8395
turtlelakerefuge@yahoo.com
turtlelakerefuge
Katrina Blair
Diana Marie Dummer,
30503 Sun Creek Dr.
,
Evergreen, CO 80439,
303-679-8290
frhi@earthlink.net

Diana Marie Dummer

Brigitte Mars,
1919 19th St. D,
Boulder, CO 80301
303-442-4967
brigitte@indra.com
brigittemars
Brigitte Mars
Dorje Root
PO Box 717,
Crestone,CO 81131,
719-256-486dorjeroot@yahoo.com
rootsofhealing
Dorje Root
Farida Sharan,
School of Natural Medicine,
3000 Folson St.,
Boulder, CO 80304
888-593-6173
school@purehealth.com
purehealth
Farida Sharan

Connecticut

Lorraine FrenchHartford areaLorrainefrench@comcast.net
Sam Schaperowsam.schaperow@gmail.com

SamBusinessPic2-custom-size-135-199

Sam Schaperow

The Three Foragers
Robert, Karen and Gillian
Norwich, CT
kraczewski@comcast.net http://the3foragers.blogspot.com

Robert, Karen and Gillian

Delaware

Florida

Green Deane,
POB 1793
,
Maitland, FL 32751
GreenDeane@gmail.com
eattheweeds
Green Deane
Susan Marynowski
14001 SE 9th Place
Gainesville, FL 32641
352-376-3784
sumar@fastmail.fm
Susan Marynoski
Emily Ruff
info@holisticlivingschool.org
Florida School of Holistic Living
Emily Ruff
Maribou Thomas
unholding@gmail.com
Maribou Thomas

Georgia

Joyce Bisbee,
267 Three Oaks Dr. SE,
Calhoun, GA 30701,
706-629-2638
Delilah Ann Gill
528 Napier St.
Blackshear GA 31516
912-614-2750
Gillda1958@yahoo.com

Delilah Ann Gill

Mary MeyerNorth GeorgiaWild In Georgia

Goat Foraging in Crete

Goat Foraging in Crete

Mo Turcotte,
517 Sunset Dr,
Rising Fawn,
GA 30738,
770-402-0007
mturc@earthskills.net,
earthskills
Mark Warren,
Medicine Bow Wilderness School
,
104 Medicine Bow,
Dahlonega, GA 30533,
706-864-5928,
medbow@windstream.net
Mark Warren

Hawaii

Nat Bletter, 
PhD.,
nbletter@yahoo.com,
Nat Bletter
Nat bletter
Sunny Savage,
info@wildfoodplants.com,
wildfoodplants
Sunnysavage-150x150

Idaho

Illinois

Patricia Armstrongpat4nature@sbcglobal.net10S404 Knoch Knolls Road
Naperville, IL 60565
Nance Klehm
Chicago
SpontaneousVegetation.net
Nettlesting@yahoo.com

nk saltflats

Nance Klehm

Indiana

Creek Stewart
Willow Haven Outdoor
2867 N. 200 E.
Anderson, IN 46012317-703-9655Willow Haven Outdoor

Creek Stewart

Creek Stewart

Iowa

Andy Benson
Midwest Wild Edibles & Foragers Society
MidwestForagers@groups.facebook.com
spiderfrets@hotmail.com
Mike Krebill
,
150 Oakcliff Lane,
Keokuk, IA 52632-2538,
319-524-4576,
mikekrebill@aol.com
Mike Krebill

Mike Krebill

Kansas

Prairie Wolf
POB 96
Randolph KA 66554
785-293-5310
john@prairiewolf.net

John and Geri McPherson

Kentucky

Joe Bass
Ervine
jbplnt@yahoo.com
661-210-5792

Joe Bass

Maine

Josh Fecteau
Kennebunkport, Maine
josh@joshfecteau.com
joshfecteau.com
Arthur Haines
Delta Institute of Natural History,
219 Dead River Road
Bowdoin,
ME 04287 USA,
207-837-4920
,
arthurhaines@wildblue.net
arthurhaines.com
Arthur Haines
Shawn LevesqueLewiston/Auburn/Greeneargentcord@yahoo.com207-440-8257
David L. Spahr,
16 Nelson Ridge Rd. So.,
Washington, ME 04574,
207-845-2124,
DSPAHR3D@aol.com,
mushroom-collecting.com
David Spahr

Maryland

Rick L. Hueston
PO Box 26224
Baltimore, Maryland
21210-9998
Classes offered through
Mid-Atlantic Primitive Skills Group
Rick L. Hueston

Massachussetts

Russ Cohen
Arlington, MA
Russ Cohen

Russ Cohen

Blanche Cybele Derby,
2 Massasoit Ave,
Northamptom, MA 01060
qs2t@hotmail.com
tagyerit
Blanche Derby
Ellen Evert Hopman
,
POB 219,
Amherst, MA 01004
413–323 4494
saille333@mindspring.com,
elleneverthopman.com
Ellen Everet Hopman
Iris Weaver,
PO Box 5364
Gloucester, MA 01930
617-773-5809
info@irisweaver.com
Iris Weaver

Michigan

Ellen Elliott Weatherbee,
and Heidi (German shepherd field assistant)
11405 Patterson Lake Drive,
Pinckney, MI 48169-9748
(734) 878-9178,
eew@umich.edu
Ellen Elliott Weatherbee

Minnesota

Matthew Alfs
Midwest School of Herbal Studies,
PO Box 120845,
New Brighton, MN 55112,
612-781-2038,
MHMinn@aol.com
midwestherbalstudies.com
Matthew Alfs
Stephanie Williams
Member of the White Earth Nation
P.O. Box 360
White Earth, MN. 56591
makonce@hotmail.com
Stephanie Williams

Missouri

Bo BrownSpringfieldFirst Earth Wilderness School Bo Brown

Mississippi

Montana

Tom Elpel
Co/ 12 Quartz Street
Pony MT
59747-0697
wildflowers-and-weeds.com

Tom Elpel

Nebraska

Rick Hamilton
info@spiritinthewind.com
spiritinthewind.com
Doris & Rick Hamilton

Nevada

New Hampshire

Karen Lynn,
Manchester, NH,
603-361-2084

Karen Lynn

New Jersey

Robin Rose Bennett
PO Box 367,
Hewitt NJ 07421
973-728-5878
robin@robinrosebennett.com
WiseWomanHealingWays.com
Robin Rose Bennett
Dan FarellaPrincetonNew Jerseydan@returntonature.us
http://returntonature.us

New Mexico

John Duncan
PO Box 261
San Cristobal, NM
87564
575-776-1628
johnallenduncan@yahoo.com
osonegroschool.com
John Duncan
Kiva Rose
Anima Lifeways & Herbal School
PO Box 688
Reserve, NM 87830
kiva@animahealingarts.org
Animahealingarts.org/blog
Kiva Rose

New York

“Wildman” Steve Brill,
320 Palmer Terrace,
2A, 
Mamaroneck, NY 10543
wildman@wildmanstevebrill.com
wildmanstevebrill.com

Steve Brill

Leda Meredith,
Brooklyn, NY,
leda@ledameredith.net
Leda’s Urban Homestead
Leda Meredith
Sue Ulrich
6725 Sage Rd
Boonville, NY 13309
315-942-2309
whwitch@hotmail.com.
Marie Viljoen
Manhattan
mail:   myviljoen@gmail.com

 

Website: http://66squarefeet.blogspot.com/

Marie Viljoen

North Carolina

Doug Elliott,
3831 Painters Gap Rd.,
Union Mills, NC 28167,
828-287-2960
doug@dougelliott.com
dougelliott.com
Doug Elliott
Will Endres
117 N. Occoneechee St.
Hillsborough NC 27278,
919-732-9785
Will Endes
Sarah Haggerty370 Leigh Farm RdDurham NC 27707Piedmonth Wildlife Center
Sarah Haggerty

Sarah Haggerty

Ila Hatter
100 Cullsiah Cove Road,
Robbinsville, NC 28771,
828-479-8999
ila@wildcrafting.com
wildcrafting.com
Ila Hatter
Marc Williams,
Asheville, NC
828-231-4832
marc@botanyeveryday.com
botanyeveryday.com
Marc Williams

North Dakota

Ohio

Donna Lynne Strong Brott,
2208 South Rd.,
Cincinnati, OH 45233
herbmomma@yahoo.com
Donna Lynn Strong Brott
Dave Canturbury
Pathfinders Wilderness School
740-253-6789
wildernessoutfittersarchery.com
Dave Canterbury
Chris Chmiel
,
Integration Acres – PawPaw Pleasures,
160 Cherry Ridge Rd.
Albany, OH 45710
740-698-2124
pawpaw@frognet.net
integrationacres.com
Chris Chmiel
Dr. Peter Gail
,
Goosefoot Acres
441 Bridge Pointe Lane,
Brunswick Hills, OH, 44212
330-225-7184,
dandyblend.com
petergail@aol.com
edibleweeds.com
Dr. Peter Gail

Oklahoma

Jackie Dill,
10202 S Meridian,
Coyle, OK 73027
,
405-466-9899,
tsitsalagi@gmail.com
oklahomawildcrafting.com
Jackie Dill

Oregon

Sergei Boutenko,
P.O. Box 172,
Ashland, OR 97520
,
sergei@harmonyhikes.com
harmonyhikes.com
Sergei Boutenko
Angie Goodloe,
Sandy, OR
,
makia1212@yahoo.com
herbalistpath.blogspot.com
Angie Goodloe
John Kallas,Ph.D.
Wild Food Adventures
,
4125 N Colonial Ave,
Portland, OR 97217,
503-775-3828,
mail@wildfoodadventures.com
wildfoodadventures.com
Dr. John Kallas
Pat Patterson
950 W. 13th,
Eugene OR 97402,
541-682-4243,
pat.patterson@oregonstate.edu
Pat Patterson

Pennsylvania

Melissa Sokulski
Pittsburgh, PA
FoodUnderFoot.com
(412) 381-0116
Melissa@FoodUnderFoot.com
Ellen Zachos,
Acme Plant Stuff,
917-805-5383,
ez@acmeplant.com,
acmeplant.com
Ellen Zachos

Rhode Island

South Carolina

Matthew KipColumbia areahttp://www.matthewkip.com/ DSC_0802-1

South Dakota

Tennessee

Bonnie Marie Morris
Wild Pantry
227 Smithfield Road
Tellico Plains, TN 37385
423-261-2039 or 912-225-1424
wildpantry@earthlink.net
wildpantry.com
Bonnie Marie Morris
Alan Powell,
744 Bresslyn Rd.,
Nashville, TN 37205,
615-352-8588
dogbane@earthlink.net
Alan Powell
Larry Smith,
2530 Boston Branch Circle,
Signal Mountain, TN 37377,
423-886-2798,
lsmith3074@aol.com

Larry Smith

Texas

Courtney & Isaac Clay
Dallas/Ft Worth
isaac@laughingearth.me

Courtney and

Isaac and Courtney

Amy Crowell
Austin, Tx
www.wildedibletexas.com

Amy Crowell


Cathy Murphy,
113 Ben Drive,
Houston, TX 77022
713-692-6590,
trailguide@lonestartrail.org

Cathy Murphy

Cathy Murphy

Merriwether,
Dr. Mark Vorderbruggen
Houston, Texas
merriwetheradventurer@yahoo.com
houstonwildedibles.blogspot.com
Dr. Mark Vorderbruggen
Michael Harrison
,
210-691-8498,
mkh-harrison@sbcglobal.net

Virginia

Tim MacWelch,
Earth Connection
,
PO Box 32
Somerville, VA 22739
540-270-2531
,
earthconnect@earth-connection.com
,
earth-connection.com
Tim MacWelch
Mike Rasnakes
21372 Sand Pit Rd
,
Zuni, VA 23898,
757-242-6221
Rasnakes@hotmail.com
Mike Rasnakes
Vickie Shufer,
The Wild Foods Forum
P.O. Box 61413
Virginia Beach, VA 23466-1413
wildfood@cox.net
ecoimages-us.com
Vickie Shufer

Washington

Shari Brewer LPN
PO Box 701
Darrington, WA 98241
360 436 1771
shari@glacierview.net
Arthur Lee Jacobson
,
2215 E. Howe Street
,
Seattle, WA 98112
(206)328-TREE,
alj@consultant.com,
arthurleej.com

Arthur Lee Jacobson

Miriam Kramer
Outdoor Eduquip,
Box 25, 
Boyds, WA 99107,
outdooreduquip@yahoo.com
Dave Sansone,
Perennial Harvest,
PO Box 172,
Marblemount, WA, 98267
360-333-5051,
perennialharvest@gmail.com
perennialharvest.org
Karen Sherwood,
Earthwalk Northwest,
PO Box 461
,
Issaquah, WA 98027,
425-746-7267
,
sherwood@earthwalknorthwest.com
,
earthwalknorthwest.com
Karen Sherwood
Jon Young
Wilderness Awareness School
PO Box 5000,
Duvall, WA 98019
800-340-6088
,
wildernessawareness.org
Jon Young

Washington DC

Matthew Cohen
202-841-1874
mattshabitats.com
Matthew Cohen

West Virginia

Brian Lucas,
103 Ridgeview Drive,
Fairmont, WV, 26554,
304-816-7439
,
brianleelucas@yahoo.com

Brian Lucas

Wisconsin

Sam Thayer
N8757 Breakneck Rd.
Birchwood, Wisconsin 54817
715-767-5826,
sam@foragersharvest.com,
foragersharvest.com
Sam Thayer

Wyoming

International

Canada

Ontario

Sherri Canjar
Whitby Ontario
Sherri.Canjar@theforaginggourmet.com
theforaginggourmet.com

Sheri Canjar

Finland

Henriette Kress,
henriettesherbal.com
Henriette Kress

Germany

Peter Becker
Wildfood-Workshop
Campus Klarenthal
65197 Wiesbaden
peter.becker@campus-klarenthal.de

Peter Becker
NewTritionInk
Knottyfood Manufactory
Carl-von-Ossietzky-Str.60
65197 Wiesbaden
newtritionink@email.de
www.newtritionink.com

Peter Becker

Switzerland

Francois Couplan,
CH-1692 
Massonnens,
Switzerland,
011 41 26 653 19 78,
fc@couplan.com
couplan.com
Francois Couplan

United Kingdom

Fergus Drennan,
info@wildmanwildfood.co.uk
,
www.wildmanwildfood.co.uk
Fergus Drennan
Marcus Harrison,
fwd2cluk@yahoo.co.uk,
www.wildfoodschool.com
Marcus Harrison
Miles Irving,
13 Tillard Close,
Petham, 
Kent CT4 5RA,
Great Britain, 
01227 700141
information@forager.org.uk,
www.forager.org.uk
Miles Irving
Andrew Shaw
14 Eastern Close
Peterborough
PE1 4PP
Phone 07817 679174
Andrew@fragilearth.co.uk
Fragile Earth

Andrew Shaw and students

 

 

 

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