Are you ready to eat with the seasons from the landscape that surrounds you?
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It can be tough to stick to a schedule of gathering locally produced foods from farmer’s markets, and intimidating to go out foraging for wild foods - especially if you've never tried it before. I get it!
That’s why I created The Farm and Forage Challenge: to help keep YOU motivated to eat as much local, in-season food as possible in 2018, whether farmed or foraged.
I firmly believe this is one of the best and simplest choices we can make to improve our own health as well as the health of our planet.
I want to encourage you to get to know your local farmers and the produce they offer, and help you learn about some common, easy-to-identify wild foods.
Throughout the entire year of 2018, I’ll send out a monthly email suggesting in-season produce to look out for, offering tips for identifying and using wild plants, and sharing advice related to gardening, cooking, preserving, and more.
By signing up, you’ll also gain access to a community of likeminded folks who share our common goal of eating locally and seasonally. Let’s lift each other up and learn together!
This is a 100% free service that I’m offering to anyone who’s interested. Sign up at the bottom of this page!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
A: How does this challenge work, exactly?
Q: It's simple, really: every day in 2018, I want you to eat as much local, in-season food as possible-- whether farmed or foraged. I'll provide you with all the information you need to be successful from month to month.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is twofold: visit your local farmer's market and go out foraging on a weekly basis; and eat at least one thing from a local farm or garden, and at least one thing foraged, on a daily basis. Simple, right? :)
To keep you on track, you'll also be able to join in the conversations taking place in our Farm & Forage Challenge Facebook group (join today!) and on Instagram (use the hashtag #farmandforagechallenge), where we chat about seasonal produce, wild plant identification, recipes, preservation tips, and more!
Q: Who is running this show?
A: That'd be me, Sam Sycamore. I'm a writer, farmer and homesteader located in southern Indiana, and I host a podcast called The Good Life Revival. I studied plant ecology in college, and I've been gardening for the past 7 years or so. I've also worked and volunteered on several farms, and have been foraging in earnest for the last couple years.
Q: I am brand new to foraging and/or local foods. Is this program right for me?
A: Absolutely! This program is intended mainly for beginners to learn the basics of foraging for common wild foods and keeping up with seasonal produce. Fear not: I will arm you with the information you need to confidently identify wild edible plants all around you!
Q: Will this information be relevant to me in my specific location?
A: If you live in North America, yes! This program highlights the most common wild edible plants and farm produce found all across the country, and though the seasonal timing may be a little different for you if you're in an especially hot or cold climate, just about all of the information should apply to you, wherever you find yourself.
Q: I am already pretty familiar with wild edible plants and seasonal produce. Would this program be worthwhile for me?
A: Yes! If you enjoy connecting with likeminded folks just like you who value holistic lifestyle choices and seasonal eating. This program is as much about building a community as it is about sharing information, so if you're pretty knowledgeable already, come join the conversation! Your expertise would be greatly appreciated by the whole community.