List-serves, web groups, societies, and networks

NEW! Pacific Northwest Foragers is a new regional wild food group focused on connecting people to the land through the ancient art of foraging. Currently the membership is small but includes several authors and experts in the field. This is a great place to ask questions, share ideas. find out what is in season in your area, and meet kindred spirits.

Forageahead List-serve is probably the largest list-serve in North America concerning wild foods and foraging.  Several authors of plant and mushroom books regularly contribute.  A great place to ask questions, post pictures of unknown plants, get recipe ideas, or share your recent experiences.

Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities Indigenous Foods Network is wonderfully local.  Many conferences and food related opportunities are posted on the list-serve as well as seasonally appropriate indigenous food questions and stories.  To join the list-serve, e-mail (  The network also hosts an annual Traditional Foods Conference on a rotating basis between First Nations on Vancouver Island.

Slow Food is a food movement that started in Italy in response to fast food.  The movement has growing international appeal and membership in the Pacific Northwest.  They recognize the intrinsic value of indigenous foods and actively promote them in their “Arc of Taste.”  See Slow Food USA and Slow Food Canada for more details and information on how to get in touch with a local chapter.
BC Food Systems Network works to promote food security and sustainability in British Columbia.

Indigenous Food Systems Network is based out of the BC Food Systems Network and has a number of resources and a list-serve that focus on promoting indigenous foods.

Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium has many useful resources including a fun film series called "Store outside your door" about eating Indigenous Foods.

West Marin Commons is an ethnobiology project out of Marin County, CA that emphasizes growing native food plants, exploring sustainable harvest strategies, and promoting awareness of Native American use and stewardship of natural resources.  Membership is open and members dialogue on an online list-serve

The International Network for Emerging Ethnobiologists is a list-serve that is dedicated to networking among students and young professional ethnobotanists. Jobs, conferences, scholarships, study opportunities, and mentor-ship connections can all be found on this list-serve.  Look for Yahoo Groups, and Blogger, versions on the same network.

Transition.  Many local Transition movements have groups related to foraging, wild foods, gleaning, etc.  Transition Victoria has an active group called the Capital Nut Tree Project, Transition Whatcom County has a Bellingham Gleaning Network, and many others certainly exist.

Facebook.  Put your favorite words together with Facebook in a search string and ply the internet--you’re sure to find a group.  If not, create one!  Don’t invite me though, because I don’t use Facebook.
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