A Field Reference and Foraging Tool
Foraging is an art that's all but lost in today's modern society, but it can make a huge difference in your life. A foraging tool like this bandana is meant to give a person power over their situation, leading to purpose, and the ability to self-aid and self-rescue.
The Foraging Bandana was designed in cooperation with some of the finest foraging instructors. It lists the 12 most common plants/fungus of North America, including their common and scientific names. The field uses of all 12 plants/fungus are listed using part indicator icons on each plant illustration. The bandana also includes the ”5 Steps of Identifying Edible Plants” by Samuel Thayer and ”Rules and Ethics of Foraging” by Mark "Merriwether" Vorderbruggen.
We designed this bandana to act as a learning primer, field aid, and emergency reference. For neophytes, this bandana serves as a fun, stepping-stone educational tool. For more experienced foragers, this bandana should encourage impromptu foraging, help in sharing the passion of foraging with others, demonstrate alignment with the foraging lifestyle, and help promote awareness of continued education in this field.
We worked with experts, Mark "Merriwether" Vorderbruggen and Dr. Nicole Apelian to choose plants based on the following criteria:
Abundance in USA
Ease of Identification
Few or no poisonous look-alikes
Ability to represent on a bandana
Ease to process into its usable form
Designed in cooperation with:
Mark "Merriwether" Vorderbruggen
Ph.D. chemist by day, rogue naturalist by night/weekends. Mark has become one of the most experienced foraging experts in North America. He's the creator of www.foragingtexas.com which is probably the most useful foraging resource available... and it's FREE!
Dr. Nicole Apelian
Dr. Nicole Apelian is a scientist, mother, educator, researcher, expeditionary leader, safari guide, herbalist and traditional skills instructor. A leader in the field of transformative nature education, Nicole is excited to share her knowledge and expertise of nature connection, indigenous knowledge, natural wellness and survival skills with the world. Learn more at NicoleApelian.com
This design is by Wazoo Survival Gear LLC in cooperation with Dr. Mark “Merriwether” Vorderbruggen and Dr. Nicole Apelian.
Illustrations of Burdock, Nettle and Prickly Pear Cactus copyright: Foraging and Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook. Made and printed in the USA!
The plant representations and denoted characteristics featured on this bandana are in no way intended to be a source of proper identification, use, or processing of plants.
Wazoo Survival Gear LLC and all other mentioned parties are not responsible for any harm resulting from the act of harvesting or attempting to forage plants.