Foraging Adventures

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The Blue Banner
April 8th, 2015

 

Asheville students have the opportunity to go wild and eat locally while weather warms as Alan Muskat leads groups of all ages into the outdoors surrounding Asheville to get a taste of nature.

“When you have a sense of home in nature, it is personally grounding and you really develop a sense of safety where you are,” says Muskat, CEO of No Taste Like Home.

Muskat teaches groups of about​ ​5 to 15​ ​people​ ​how to find, identify and eat edible fungi and plants in the forests of North Carolina. He said this wild food foraging adventure gives people a sense of home when they know what exists in their​ ​backyard.

“You may not feel safe and at home if you do not care about or love your friends and family in nature,” Muskat says.

According to Muskat, he led about 100 expeditions last year and will continue the adventures this year. The Princeton graduate says students may attend for free if there is room on a scheduled trip. Each trip lasts about three hours and tour locations vary.

A background in garage sales and bargain hunting sparked Muskat’s interest in being thrifty, and this transformed into being thrifty in the wild.

The organization also provides edible plants for many restaurants in the area that focus on local food sources, according to Muskat…