Episode 1 29th October 2019
Foraging and Knowledge with Samuel Thayer
In this episode, Miles Irving, author of The Forager Handbook and founder of Forager Ltd, introduces the WorldWild Podcast and talks to Samuel Thayer, world-renowned forager and author of The Forager’s Harvest and most recently Incredible Wild Edibles. They discuss a myriad of topics, including: the history of agro-centrism: how agriculture started and its effect on wild foods, Samuel’s occupation as a harvester of wild rice, tackling the mythology of humans not belonging in nature, wasted resources and the loss of cultural knowledge, eco-culture: a land ‘management’ philosophy that selects from what is already there, what it means to be a conservationist and how knowledge can bring more love into the world.
Listen to the first-ever episode the WorldWild Podcast which sets the groundwork for many of the ideas, themes, and topics that are explored in future episodes...
'We only care for what we love, and we only love what we know'
- Samuel Thayer, episode 1
About Samuel Thayer
Samuel Thayer was born in Wausau, Wisconsin, where he first began his foraging adventures. He remembers his first presentation on wild food was displaying all the plants he had found on his walk to school to his seventh-grade class. This led to ‘survival camping’ out in the wild and going on to formally teach foraging before the end of his teens. Instead of going to college, Sam moved to the shores of Lake Superior and built his log cabin with the aim of living off the land. He has written many acclaimed wild food books including ‘The Forager’s Harvest’ (2007) and 'Incredible Wild Edibles' (2017). In addition to writing and teaching, he is also a wild rice harvester, maple syrup producer and owns a small organic orchard.
> See more of Samuel's work at The Forager's Harvest.
About the show
We offer a series of conversations to tap into the wildness within ourselves and to uncover what is possible when we do. It is our hope that through the WorldWild Podcast we can contribute to the revitalisation of wild food culture and conversation around the world.
Through people who know their landscapes intimately, we gather the threads to weave a rich tapestry. Piece by piece the vision of a wilder world comes into view. The wild embrace of nature welcomes us back and offers us a seat at the table. A feast, no less!