DATE: Sunday, March 22, 2015, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Want to learn more about wild food and medicine and where to
find it? Join master forager and food activist Erica Wohldmann as she takes us
for a walk in the woods. Erica will show us edible and medicinal plants and
mushrooms, and discuss identification and preparation methods.
In 2013, Erica traveled through 16 states and Canada, living in National Forests and on other public lands, foraging all of her food. While exploring North America on a quest to reclaim a diet naturally available, she occasionally gleaned from farmers markets and dumpsters, but mainly subsisted on what she found growing in the wild. "I traveled from forest to forest, chasing the rain, gathering wild and medicinal mushrooms, fruits, berries, vegetables, acorns, nuts, edible seeds for making breads, herbs for flavoring dishes, teas, and ingredients for medicinal beers that I crafted on the campfire. Along the way I met a variety of interesting characters—farmers, foragers, hunters, and random strangers—who shared their wisdom, their food, and their homes."
Erica holds a joint Ph.D. in cognitive psychology and
cognitive science from the University of Colorado,
Boulder. She is a professor at California State University, Northridge, where
she teaches classes about eco-psychology, the psychology and politics behind
our food choices, and best practices in sustainability. Her research focuses on
food and consumer choices. In the community, Erica also teaches workshops on
herbal and medicinal brewing, wild-food foraging, and primitive skills.