Hello and welcome to Urban Edibles. We are a non-profit based out of Portland, Oregon. In essence, we provide resources for those interested in wild edible, medicinal and otherwise notable plants. We occasionally host events, workshops, and presentations as well as publish small-print “field zines.” Much of our presence, however, is online. Here’s how to use our website:
1. Check out the wild foods map. Navigate your way through an online garden filled with wild edible and medicinal plants growing in the Portland area. You may search for plants by location (i.e. check out what’s growing in your neighborhood), browse by category (what plant are you looking for today?) or contribute to the map by adding a source (got some dandelions growing in your front yard?). Contributions are made to the map by foragers and landowners alike. Check out the Ethics section to understand protocol for contributions made to the map.
2. Check out the wiki. It’s like Wikipedia with a twist. The Urban Edibles wiki is an open-source encyclopedia dedicated to edible, medicinal and otherwise notable plants. However, don’t let this framework be a limitation. A range of topics are possible here. Things like herbal preparations, wild foods recipes, urban forestry issues, ethnobotany, poisonous look-alikes, earthen poetry…these would all make great additions to the wiki. The sky is the limit. Share knowledge on the Urban Edibles wiki and PLEASE cite your sources.
3. Join the discussion list. The Urban Edibles discussion list serves as an e-mail forum for topics with a more immediate sensibility. These are things like neighborhood scouting missions, workshops, speaking engagements, etc. By joining the discussion list, one is able to post as well as receive e-mails from the discussion group.
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