Urban Spring Foraging (Part 1): Harvesting Wild Greens in Prospect Park w/Leda Meredith

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Meet Leda Meredith, author of The Locavore’s Handbook and one of New York City’s most well-known urban foragers. We visited Prospect Park in Brooklyn to see what wild crops were available to add a spritz of early-spring into her locally-farmed storage vegetables the farmers are still selling from last fall. Needless to say, even in the freezing cold, we found more than enough foraged goods out there for just the two of us.

Urban foraging is a fun way to get to know the wild and edible vegetation that line our urban parks and green spaces. You can take classes from Leda throughout the year where she can train you in plant identification and cooking techniques. All in all, it’s a hands-on way to explore your city parks with, what I like to call, “survival skills”.¬† :)¬† But, seriously, once you’re in the know, it certainly makes you more aware when taking a stroll; wild goodies will seem always just an arm’s length away or a quick detour off the beaten path.

So, come see the video and take in what we found! Don’t forget to stop by for Part II, later this week, where I’ll show you exactly what Leda and I cooked up with her wild greens harvest.

Thanks for watching food. curated.! Happy Eating!

Comments

  1. silpat says:

    hmmm…I don’t quite know if I would be comfortable doing this. What are other people’s thoughts? Am I just too paranoid about germs?

    • Leda says:

      I understand the hesitation, but the fact is that wild edible plants are usually safer and often more nutritious than their commercially grown counterparts–IF you are sure of your identification and not harvesting in an area that has been chemically sprayed.

  2. Justin says:

    Steve Brill the “Wild Man” has been doing this since the 80s in NYC. This isn’t new. Just “new” because there is this whole Locavore movement now. He holds cheap tours of areas all over NY to forage edible local greens.

    http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/

    GERM?! You don’t think germs are on every surface, your stomach, and body? The only thing I’d be worried about is pesticides but I’m sure that would be on Treated Areas of parks like lawns and borders. Otherwise I’d be more concerned with Monoculture Conventionally Farmed Spinach then plants growing naturally in nature.

    • Liza de Guia says:

      Hey Justin! I’ve known about Steve Brill for forever! You’re right, foraging in urban parks is not new at all. I’ve been wanting to try his tour. In fact, Steve and Leda know each other quite well. Moreso, I just wanted to show people that we can celebrate the coming of spring crops in different ways – this being a great learning experience. It’s fun to be in touch with free food that’s right in front of you.

  3. Ulla says:

    Leda and Liza, What a lovely video! Leda you are a natural on film and I learned so much form the video, can not wait to see the cooking demo!

  4. beryl says:

    I am interested in going on tour with her in Prospect Park. How do I sign up?

  5. Judy Harper says:

    Beryl:

    If you’re interested in joining Leda on for Foraging in Prospect Park there is an Urban Foraging event tomorrow (Sat 4/23), you can sign up here: http://bit.ly/Foraging423

  6. JOSEPH CHERIYAN says:

    INFOMATIVE

  7. Goody says:

    Nice video. Thanks!

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