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Hey there, 

My name is Samantha, And I'm interested in fine tuning my mushroom foraging abilities. I have a pretty decent knowledge of wild flora around Southern LA and edible plants, but I really want to become more confident with mushroom species. I know we have chicken of the woods, oysters, sometimes black trumpets, wood ears, and chantrelles around here. I have been IDing them casually for about 2 years but have never consumed any. I wanted to see if any people would be interested in sharing their foraging ideas and introducing me to wild areas in Louisiana. All i know of is start parks where foraging is illegal, and that bums me out-natural areas shouod be a respected resource for all (though i certanly understand why rules are in place). Being a city girl, it's hard for me to determine what is private area and it seems that most nature around our cities are. I've had a lot of luck finding different plant and mushrooms in Clark creek natural area in Mississippi, but that's 2 hours away from me. Not looking to steal anyone's spots, but I would love to have someone willing to show me the ins and outs of country areas in our beautiful state. Willing to compensate as well for your time and effort :)

a friendly hello to everyone! 

Samantha

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Welcome!! Nice  to see fellow Louisianaians enjoying what our great state has to offer. Maybe if we’re able to get a sitter me and my better half could take you on a foray. 

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I live on 12 acres, shared with 2 other homes, one with a couple & one with a single gentleman.  The property has some wooded areas, a small pond,  assorted fruit trees, flowering bushes, etc., and a good deal of mostly cleared Area with trees here and there. 

I have no idea if this is a likely scenario for foraging or not.  What I do know is that those of us who live here do not forage, and would not mind a guest doing so. I am a senior citizen and not really in hiking shape. But I would be open to having up to a couplethree folks come out and look around and see if there are things that I would be happy to share that are just going to waste. I enjoy experimenting with ingredients when cooking.

If this property is not suitable, I also have a fair amount of childcare experience and would happily babysit in exchange for wild edibles!  

I just saw a photo of the most immense morels I’ve ever seen, gathered somewhere in the area of my hometown of Moline Illinois. Do they grow  here??? It’s been decades, but I still remember well their wonderful flavor.

marte

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On 6/17/2018 at 10:11 PM, CajunShroomer3578 said:

Welcome!! Nice  to see fellow Louisianaians enjoying what our great state has to offer. Maybe if we’re able to get a sitter me and my better half could take you on a foray. 

Hey there, sorry for such a late response! I would love to get together, and I dont mind kids joining along unless it is a hassle for you! Is there a way to message you directly on these forums?

On 7/22/2018 at 12:46 AM, Marte said:

I live on 12 acres, shared with 2 other homes, one with a couple & one with a single gentleman.  The property has some wooded areas, a small pond,  assorted fruit trees, flowering bushes, etc., and a good deal of mostly cleared Area with trees here and there. 

I have no idea if this is a likely scenario for foraging or not.  What I do know is that those of us who live here do not forage, and would not mind a guest doing so. I am a senior citizen and not really in hiking shape. But I would be open to having up to a couplethree folks come out and look around and see if there are things that I would be happy to share that are just going to waste. I enjoy experimenting with ingredients when cooking.

If this property is not suitable, I also have a fair amount of childcare experience and would happily babysit in exchange for wild edibles!  

I just saw a photo of the most immense morels I’ve ever seen, gathered somewhere in the area of my hometown of Moline Illinois. Do they grow  here??? It’s been decades, but I still remember well their wonderful flavor.

marte

Hey there Marte, 

That sounds like it could be an area for foraging! If i was confident with my ID of things, I would love to share some various plants ans mushrooms! As far as morels go, I dont believe they grow this far South, but I really have no idea. There are a few other noteworthy edibles in Louisiana, though! 

Samantha

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On 7/22/2018 at 12:46 AM, Marte said:

I live on 12 acres, shared with 2 other homes, one with a couple & one with a single gentleman.  The property has some wooded areas, a small pond,  assorted fruit trees, flowering bushes, etc., and a good deal of mostly cleared Area with trees here and there. 

I have no idea if this is a likely scenario for foraging or not.  What I do know is that those of us who live here do not forage, and would not mind a guest doing so. I am a senior citizen and not really in hiking shape. But I would be open to having up to a couplethree folks come out and look around and see if there are things that I would be happy to share that are just going to waste. I enjoy experimenting with ingredients when cooking.

If this property is not suitable, I also have a fair amount of childcare experience and would happily babysit in exchange for wild edibles!  

I just saw a photo of the most immense morels I’ve ever seen, gathered somewhere in the area of my hometown of Moline Illinois. Do they grow  here??? It’s been decades, but I still remember well their wonderful flavor.

marte

Hey ..... also sorry for late response. What part of the state you’re in ?

 

48 minutes ago, sdubuisson said:

Hey there, sorry for such a late response! I would love to get together, and I dont mind kids joining along unless it is a hassle for you! Is there a way to message you directly on these forums?

Hey there Marte, 

That sounds like it could be an area for foraging! If i was confident with my ID of things, I would love to share some various plants ans mushrooms! As far as morels go, I dont believe they grow this far South, but I really have no idea. There are a few other noteworthy edibles in Louisiana, though! 

Samantha

Oh yes !! That would be way too much right now. We have our hands full. I’m slowly introducing my 3 year old to wild edibles. She’s really interested and happy when I bring things home. 

Yes to messaging. In the main menu at top right there’s a little envelope to start a message 

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On 9/6/2018 at 6:48 PM, sdubuisson said:

Hey there, sorry for such a late response! I would love to get together, and I dont mind kids joining along unless it is a hassle for you! Is there a way to message you directly on these forums?

Hey there Marte, 

That sounds like it could be an area for foraging! If i was confident with my ID of things, I would love to share some various plants ans mushrooms! As far as morels go, I dont believe they grow this far South, but I really have no idea. There are a few other noteworthy edibles in Louisiana, though! 

Samantha

Samantha, I am so sorry; you must think I'm a flake, posting a long message and disappearing. I set it to notify me of replies, but apparently missed them.

I was out yesterday clipping some camellias and assorted volunteer wildflowers to give to a friend, and it looks like the poison ivy is gearing up for a bumper crop this year. :( Anyway, I'm still here, the weather's great, it must be time for me to do some serious research/learning.

Marte

CajunShroomer,

I live in a rural area not far from Covington.

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