Wild Things (make my tummy sing) :: Foraged Food During AmeriCorps NCCC

I had to leave my garden, grow lights, and beloved house plants behind in Philadelphia in order to serve in AmeriCorps NCCC. Before being accepted into the program, I already had my entire garden plan mapped out as well as my seeds purchased, so I was a quite heartbroken (naturally, I was mostly excited for the new adventure). This is a photo documentation of how I kept plants, my passion, in my life while traveling for ten months throughout the Midwest region of the United States during 2012. IOWA (Feb-April):

White Pine Tea

Wild Onions

Garlic Mustard (Invasive Species turned Guacamole)

Morel Mushrooms

The beginning of a tiny nomadic garden...radishes and lettuce mainly!

NORTH DAKOTA (May-July)

Wild Sumac Tea (the middle one is dandelion root tea)

We (my team and I)  volunteered at the International Peace Garden practically every Sunday while in ND, where we prepared garden beds, planted trees (seen above), and did plenty of landscaping on the grounds.

International Peace Garden

Seed starts and the team pet (jade plant)  in my bedroom window (living on a wildlife refuge)

MINNESOTA:

Chicken of the Woods/Sulphur Shelves (my favorite find, made into tacos!)

Wild Raspberries

INDIANA:

Well, we are very busy doing construction work in Indiana so I haven't had as many opportunities (our other projects where outside in the middle of nowhere, and this project is in an actual neighborhood). Anyway, it sure is pretty right now...

Clark State Forest

(During our project in Henryville, Indiana) WWOOFing in Kentucky: I took my (3) vacation days to escape to Kentucky for three days and farm in Frankfurt. I harvested sweet potatoes, and readied several plants, such as blueberries, lilacs, and Chinese willows for the upcoming winter. I took home chocolate mint, more wild onions, and the two largest of the bunch of these bad boys:

Yum!

When I was home for a week during a break, I didn’t even miss my lack of garden because I had a blast volunteering with Greensgrow Farms in my old neighborhood.

In conclusion, this year was absolutely amazing and I am happy that I was able to keep my green thumb sharp while I was traveling and continuously transplanting myself into different communities and projects .