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Amy leads a wild edible plant walk in Austin, Texas

My first foraging adventures included pecan-collecting with my grandparents on their land in D'Hanis, Texas. I grew up going to the Bushwack, a ranch owned by family friends, where I fished with my Grandpa and was a regular witness to wild deer, turkey and boar hunts. One of my most vivid memories of my grandparents' table was the ever-present jar of wild chile pequin-flavored vinegar  - Grandpa would use it to flavor most of his foods.

In college, I studied environmental issues and agriculture and realized that one of the most radical things I could do was get to know the ecology of the place where I grew up. Being a farmer, I decided to learn everything I could about the wild edible plants of Texas. I took several weedfeeds offered by the Useful Wild Plants of Texas in the 1990s and have been studying and eating wild edible plants for over fifteen years now. I currently live on a small farm in the Texas Hill County and enjoy sharing the joys of foraging with my family and community. I am particularly interested in wild edible plants that have significant culinary and economic potential such as mesquite (Prosopis glandulosa) and prickly pear (Opuntia spp.)

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