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An audio journey through the wonderful wild world of plants. Episodes cover modern and ancient ways wild plants have been used in human culture as food, medicine and utilitarian uses.

An audio journey through the wonderful wild world of plants. Episodes cover modern and ancient ways wild plants have been used in human culture as food, medicine and utilitarian uses.
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United States

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An audio journey through the wonderful wild world of plants. Episodes cover modern and ancient ways wild plants have been used in human culture as food, medicine and utilitarian uses.

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English


Episodes

EP25: Edible Acorns - The Forgotten Food

9/17/2019
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Acorns are a massive, under-utilised and forgotten food source. Join Robin Harford (your host) and Marcie Mayer (Europe's foremost acorn food producer), as they explore the edible uses of acorns as a food and in cooking. How to properly process acorns to remove tannins. Long term food storage. Acorns nutritional content, as well as establishing community acorn festivals around the country, plus much more.

Duration:00:56:49

EP24: Nutritional Cultural Identity

8/12/2019
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Masanobu Fukuoka's one-straw revolution inspired Krishna McKenzie to start his own organic farm in Auroville, Tamil Nadu, India. In this interview he talks about the importance of nutritional cultural identity, wild food volunteer plants, soil fertility, and collective wellbeing.

Duration:00:39:54

EP23: Wild Tea Ceremonies & Celebrations

6/17/2019
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How to create your own local wild tea ceremonies and celebrations for community building and wild wellbeing.

Duration:00:21:47

EP22: Foraging The Future, Sustainability & Vital Connection

11/12/2018
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An interview with Miles Irving, author of the Forager Handbook and creator of The Wildbox, on why we must include humans in our conservation models in order to look after wild spaces. Why foraging is sustainable. How foraging can help feed an ever growing population, and how we can restore our vital connection to Land.

Duration:00:49:12

EP21: From 19th Century Famine Potherb to 21st Century Hipster Food

11/5/2018
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Lukasz Luczaj presents Kew’s 19th Annual Distinguished Ethnobotanist Lecture.

Duration:01:02:32

EP20: Discovering New Wild Edible Plants With Łukasz Łuczaj

10/26/2018
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A poisonous plant in one culture can be a food plant in another. In this rare interview, one of Europe’s leading ethnobotanists, Łukasz Łuczaj shares his passion for wild food plants. Prolific in his research, Łukasz reveals some surprising facts about what is considered ‘food’.

Duration:00:24:22

EP19: The Future of Farming is Foraging

10/5/2018
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Hilltown Organics are revolutionising how we farm. Incorporating wild edible plants into their polyculture farming systems, they grow high-nutrient food plants that are sold at farmer’s markets. According to soil scientists, their revolutionary farming practices have produced some of the richest soil found anywhere in the UK.

Duration:00:41:57

EP18: The Wild Art of Fermentation

5/31/2018
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Fermented foods are a delicious and rich source of nourishment. The fermentation process can transform the flavour of food from the plain and mundane in to delicious flavours enlivened by colonies of beneficial bacteria and enhanced micronutrients. In this episode I talk with former plant biochemist Viola Sampson turned "fermentation passionista" on the benefits of wild fermented foods. Visit eatweeds.co.uk to download your free copy of “A Beginner’s Guide To Wild Fermented Foods”.

Duration:00:44:55

EP17: New York's Notorious Vegan Forager

2/26/2018
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Notorious New York vegan forager Steve Brill was busted by the cops for picking a dandelion. In this interview the father and daughter double-act discuss their foraging antics around New York. While revealing how to craft delicious vegan cuisine from their foraged finds. Including some truly unique ways to use wild edible plants.

Duration:00:36:08

EW16: Herbalists Without Borders

11/9/2017
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An interview with Becs Griffiths and Annwen Jones from Herbalists Without Borders (Bristol) - talking about social justice, radical herbalism and providing free healthcare to people fleeing conflict, persecution, and intolerable living conditions.

Duration:00:42:06

EP15: The Handmade Apothecary

10/24/2017
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In this episode I talk with two amazing herbalists about why we need to build ‘health resilience’ using herbal medicine, in an age of NHS cuts and a national health crisis. When is the best time to self-medicate, and when should you visit the doctor? Why modern medicine isn’t always evil, and what our grandparents could have taught us about how plants, herbs and other foods can empower us.

Duration:00:24:49

EP14: Why The Balsam Bashers Might Be Wrong: A New Way Of Looking At Invasive Plants

7/11/2017
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Robin Harford discusses with Pete Yeo from Future Flora why invasive plants may actually be good for the environment. Does the science stack up in favour of the balsam bashers? As well as the parallels and phobia over ‘immigrant plants’ with nationalism and the racist hysteria of ‘foreigners’. Is there such a thing as a native plant?

Duration:00:49:22

EP13: Absinthe Alchemy: The Forgotten Story of an Outcast Spirit

7/5/2017
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T.A. Breaux, one of the world leading experts on the distillation of absinthe, reveals its forgotten history, sings its praises and dispels the common myths of this much maligned liquor.

Duration:00:42:05

EP12: Passion Potions: Herbalism and the Radical Heart Revolution

5/10/2017
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The Seed Sistas (radical herbalists extraordinaire) discuss passion potions, wild herbalism, wellbeing, resilience, anarchy, connection, community and activism.

Duration:00:52:42

EP11: Nathaniel Hughes On Intuitive Herbalism

11/29/2016
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Nathaniel Hughes discusses intuitive herbalism. How to develop deep relationship with the healing plants that live around us. How to know plants beyond the intellect, and meeting plants as friends. Lay-herbalism; the controversy of regulation, and certification. Do you actually need them in order to practice herbalism in your community?

Duration:00:45:35

EP10: The Wild & Wonderful World of Fungi

9/13/2016
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A walk in the woods fungi foraging with the wild and wonderful Craig Worrall from Edible Leeds. I recently visited Craig at his home in Leeds, and he kindly took me out to one of his favourite fungi patches to talk all things fungi. In this walk in the wilds we discovered Penny Bun, The Miller, Amethyst Deceiver and Hedgehog Fungi.

Duration:00:40:19

EP09: Foraging With Europe’s Grand Master

8/25/2016
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A very special interview with foraging grand-master Francois Couplan. In this podcast Francois talks about his early influencers, animism, human and non-human relationships, plus the new wave of using wild edible plants in gastronomy.

Duration:00:33:41

EP08: Emma Kidd on First Steps to Seeing

4/18/2016
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Practical ways to deepen your relationship with plants, by enhancing your ability to 'see' plants more fully, in a way that no mainstream botany class can ever teach you.

Duration:00:38:17

EP07: Miles Irving on Foraging & Sustainability

12/18/2015
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Miles Irving from Forager Ltd, talks about commercial foraging and sustainability, and why the old conservation paradigm is now obsolete.

Duration:00:49:23

EP06: How To Make Nettle Leaf Protein

9/8/2015
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Michael Cole the creator of Leafu a commercially available leaf protein product, discusses why it is so beneficial to humans and the planet.

Duration:00:32:19