I just got Peterson’s Field Guides for Edible Wild Plants & Medicinal Plants and Herbs of Eastern/Central North America, and the Forager’s Harvest by Samuel Thayer. These are the first field guides I own and am really excited to have them. Since I don’t have any people to go around foraging with and learning from yet, these books will have to be my starting point. What are some suggestions on getting started? I have already been browsing through the books (yes, on a Friday night, yes, at the bar with friends- they think I am slightly odd, but that’s great! I told them to stick with me when the collapse comes and they will be fine. Which they also thought was crazy. I told them I am learning these things to be able to survive. They said they would be ones to not survive… haha) and looked up some plants that I recognize and have known all my life. Like Mayapple (which my parents always told me was poisonous, but the fruit can be eaten once fully ripe) and Yellow Wood Sorrel (which we have always just called “Sour Grass”!! It was our favorite when kids). I am excited for spring and summer when I will be spending most my time at my parents’ in the woods or garden. I still wish I had someone else to share this with though! Eek! Unfortunately that person that I would like to share the experience with is in Portland! A lot of plants also looked really familiar to me, that I never knew the names of or just saw on the sides of the road and didn’t pay much attention to, so that’s exciting to get to know who they are and what they do. I am really looking forward to learning and meeting all the plants that can help me, too! I intend to include as many as possible into my foraging gardening! Yay!