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After a disheartening week trying to live off wild plants from the streets and parks near her home, she learns the ways of the first people who lived there and, along with a quirky cast of characters, discovers an array of useful wild plants hiding in plain sight. As she harvests them for food, medicine, and just-in-case apocalypse insurance, Lerner delves into anthropology, urban ecology and sustainability, and finds herself looking at Nature in a very different way. Humorous, philosophical, and informative, Dandelion Hunter has something for everyone, from the curious neophyte to the seasoned forager.
Through teaching, speaking and writing about the useful wild plants of Portland, Oregon, she seeks to "inspire and empower my fellow human beings to remember who we really are. Customer Reviews Average Review. See All Customer Reviews. Shop Books.
Urban Forager Rebecca Lerner Returns as the 'Dandelion Hunter'
Read an excerpt of this book! Add to Wishlist. USD Sign in to Purchase Instantly. Overview In this engaging and eye-opening read, forager-journalist Becky Lerner sets out on a quest to find her inner hunter-gatherer in the city of Portland, Oregon. Product Details About the Author.
About the Author Rebecca Lerner has quickly become one of the best-known urban foragers in America.
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Good health? Exhausted and near starvation, she gives up on the experiment by the end of chapter 2. Accompanied by her side kick, a Chihuahua-terrier mix named Petunia, she learns about the range of foods available in a Pacific Northwest urban environment, including plants used historically by Native Americans.
While Lerner predictably gets a good grounding in edible plants and nuts, their seasonal variation, and harvesting and storage methods, she also makes a few more unexpected discoveries. I found the interplay between foraging practices and Oregon state law fascinating — for example, in a state park, you can collect the berries but not the roots of Oregon grape. Whether or not you can use meat from roadkill depends on whether the animal is regulated for hunting.
By the end of the first part of the book, Lerner successfully completes a second week-long challenge culminating in a wild-food potluck Thanksgiving feast. She keeps us enthralled as subsequent parts of the book tell the story of learning the medicinal properties of native plants, as well as her thoughts on sustainability, the xenophobia about non-native plants, and the ethics of foraging.
At first I was disappointed that there were no illustrations. Then, I realized this is not intended as a guidebook. View the discussion thread.
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