Flexibility: High

Social Engagement: High

What’s What: It is indeed the case that there is a foraging movement afoot. Why would we make that up?

Amava Take: If you’re a hiker anyway, have you ever thought about how much lighter your pack would be if you had the confidence that you could rustle up lunch like a regulation gatherer? If part of the reason you love the outdoors is because it heightens your senses, imagine yourself tapping into your instincts and looking for food as you go. From truffles in the Italian alps to berries of all kinds in the Pacific Northwest, outdoorsy types have foraging fever. There are groups, guided hikes and online classes so you can learn more.

From the Front Lines:

What kinds of people enjoy foraging?

All kinds! From specialty food aficionados to tree huggers, foraging is the real paleo!

Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?

It might be best to go with a guide or consider taking an online course about safety and avoiding poisonous plants.

What’s a typical day like?

It’s the opposite of a typical day!

From the Trenches:  

What’s the most satisfying part of foraging?

It reminds you that we are guests here on earth.

What are the hard parts of the job?

You don’t want to be wrong about a mushroom.

What’s the best safety tip you learned?

If something tastes bitter or soapy, just spit it out!

Special Requirements:  Anyone can forage, but taking a foraging course and going with a foraging guide is advisable and informative.

Related Classes: Start Your Own Edible Garden, Growing Plants for Fun and Profit, Skills for Making Great Decisions

Finding a Position:  Look for a foraging group near you.