Many people are interested in learning about edible wild plants, and a natural extension of this is to explore what may be growing close to home. One of the best ways to begin foraging in your backyard is to find an herbalist or forager who offers local plant walks. Having in-person instruction can be incredibly valuable — you’ll be able to take pictures and notes as you go and build up a personal field guide over the course of several walks.
That may not be possible for everyone, but don’t worry; you can still teach yourself little by little with a good field guide and some input from your local county extension office. Here’s how.