I was born just outside of Baltimore, Maryland, but grew up spending much of my time in both the Adirondack Mountains of New York, and the wilderness of Algonquin Park, Canada. It was these wild places that shaped me into the curious outdoorsman I am today. My initial interest in wild foods expressed itself through a deep obsession with fishing. However, soon I discovered the wonderful world of fungi, and have not looked back since. I currently attend Connecticut College, where I study Environmental Studies and Ethnobotany. I've used my studies as a platform to gain a wholesome perspective of the natural world, as well as to learn how to live in harmony with the environment.
Walker's Goods From The Woods is the first community supported foraging business (CSF) focused on the sustainable harvest of the earth's bounty, environmental and wild foods education, and land conservation. The goal is to provide high quality products to the local community with the idea of reconnecting people to their food and to the land providing that food. I harvest wild foods in the spring, summer, and fall, and sell them at farmers' markets and to local restaurants. I sell a wide variety of products including wild mushrooms such as morels and chanterelles, vegetables like fiddleheads and groundnuts, and fresh greens like nettles and lamb's quarters. All of my products are seasonal, and freshness and flavor are guaranteed in every bite. Individual landowners within the community support my business by allowing me access to their land, and in return I give them a direct share of my foraged findings. I also work with local conservation groups by foraging their lands and giving them a percentage of the profits to help pay for the continued protection of those lands.
Foraging is becoming a lost art as we further separate ourselves from the natural world. Walker's Goods From The Woods is not only a wild foods company, but an educational platform. The goal is to use foraging as a way to reconnect people to their food while simultaneously exposing them to all of the wonders of the woods. There really is nothing like spending a day among the trees with just the birds, the mushrooms, and your thoughts. I lead mushroom forays and wild edible walks in the Adirondacks during the summers. For inquiries, go to the contact page of the site. In addition, the blog will provide recipes, stories, and all sorts of other useful information about foraging in the Northeast.
While foraging is a wonderful pastime, it is extremely important to err on the side of caution when considering eating anything you have harvested form the wild. Never eat a wild mushroom or plant unless you are 100% certain it is edible. While this site is meant to be informative, do not use the information or photographs here as your only reference, check with a local expert. Remember to never leave a trace when you're in the woods, and always forage responsibly!