Flourish Magazine

Spring 2014

Flourish Magazine, the North Bay's Guide to Sustainable Living. Serving Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties and sharing the stories of local people working towards sustainable living, organic foods and eco-conscious lifestyles.

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SPRING 2014 • FLOURISH 21 Treasure In The Woods Discovering wild edibles with sfForage words and photos by karen pavone I t is a cold, damp Saturday morning in January. The crisp West Marin air still holds the bite of winter's chill, and a dense misty fog blankets the pastoral landscape leaving the impression of a much needed rain. Yet despite the dreary weather, I'm excited for the day ahead. I am meeting a group of students in the small town of In- verness for a wild mushroom class and hunt hosted by San Francisco-based forageSF. This organization is on a mission to educate the public about the wealth of wild food that grows in the Bay Area, and organized "wild food adventures" like this one are a great way for novice foragers to learn under the supervision of an experienced guide. Our leader, Patrick Hamilton, is a good- natured Irish hippie who came of age in the 60s and still exudes the vestiges of that era. He is also a long-time member of the Sonoma County Mycological Association (SOMA), a graduate of the California Culi- nary Academy, and an accomplished "myco- chef." Hamilton has logged over forty years in the field as a mushroom aficionado, so we are in capable hands.

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