Sam Thayer was born in Wausau, Wisconsin, where he first learned to gather wild food in vacant lots, backyards, city parks, and at the edge of town. Later, his family moved to rural southern Wisconsin, and then to Madison. Sam's first presentation on edible wild plants was to his seventh grade science class, demonstrating the foods that he collected regularly on his three-mile walk to school. He began "survival camping" at fourteen and led his first wild food walks when he was 19. After graduating from high school, he moved near the south shore of Lake Superior and built a rustic log cabin on an abandoned farmstead, chasing his childhood dream of "living off the land" while working part-time at a variety of jobs.
Since 2000, when he won the Hazel Wood National Wild Foods Cooking Contest, Sam has been teaching regularly on edible wild plants, giving workshops across the United States. In 2002 he was inducted into the National Wild Foods Hall of Fame at North Bend State Park in West Virginia. Along with speaking and writing, he is also a maple syrup producer, wild rice harvester, and owns a small organic orchard.
Besides wild food foraging, Sam is an all-around naturalist with particular interest in reptiles, amphibians, bird watching, botany, and mammals. His passion for wild food extends to studying the origin of cultivated plants and the socio-economic history of the human diet.
I grew up foraging in my native Rocky Mtns and was unfamiliar with many of the plants of the Midwest where I now live. Read morePublished 2 days ago by J. Mullen
A book that covers, the gathering, processing and storing, using the wisdom of someone who has done it for a while and enjoys doing it.Published 7 days ago by buddysjr
I have a handful of books on foraging. I am from the Midwest, but I still find a lot of the books helpful even if they don't focus on my region specifically. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Amber Ferguson
Being my first and only book on the subject it was an easy ready and I will be referring back to it often.Published 10 days ago by BullNY
this book could have done a better job Identifying some of the species that I was looking for. The pics were good but not great the explanations good but not great. Read morePublished 11 days ago by James Ross