"Wildman" Steve Brill is America's go-to guy for foraging, and a self-taught naturalist, environmental educator, author, and artist. He's led thousands of foraging tours since 1982, working with the public, with school classes, day camps, museums, parks departments, nature centers, libraries, garden clubs, organic farms, scouts, and more, and also leads birthday party tours.
He designed and maintains his website, Foraging with the "Wildman," http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com, and has written Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in Wild (and Not-So-Wild) Places, (Harper-Collins Publisher, 1994), The Wild Vegan Cookbook (Harvard-Common Press, 2001), and Shoots and Greens of Early Spring in Northeastern North America (self-published, 2008). He created WildEdibles, a master foraging app for all hand-held devices. He stars in the DVD, "Wild Edible Basics," and his next book, Foraging with Kids will be available later in 2011.
He's appeared countless times in major electronic and print media, but he's still best-known for having been arrested and handcuffed by undercover park rangers for eating a dandelion in Central Park in 1986. The media ate it up, and embarrassed officials negotiated with the naturalist, dropped the charges, and hired him to lead the same foraging tours for which they arrested him. He worked for the city for 4 years before resuming freelance work.
Hi Steve! Warm welcome to C&NN Connect. I'm glad you're here and making yourself at home. I look forward to your contributions and fun. Like Kari, I'm another forager. I look forward to learning more about nature's cafe!