Hi all, thanks so much for visiting. Aside from my fun screen name, Wild Food Girl, and even more fun abbreviation, WFG, my real name is Erica Davis, formerly Erica Marciniec.
Originally from Connecticut, I spent my formative years chasing plants in the Eastern Woodlands, and I’ve been studying plants in and foraging the Rocky Mountain region for more than a decade. This blog was born of that passion in 2010, and from 2011-2015 it was home to a monthly magazine called Wild Edible Notebook that was available on Apple’s Newsstand and in PDF form.
Today I teach a course on edible, medicinal, and toolcraft plant identification at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge, and offer a variety of plant walks and presentations around the state. I also teach at the Midwest Wild Harvest Festival in Wisconsin each fall.
I am now deep into writing my first book, a detailed experiential account of a selection of edible plants in the American West, to include those found in the mountains, prairie, and high desert, as well as non-native species found in disturbed habitats throughout the country.
I am fortunate to count among my mentors Samuel Thayer, author of The Forager’s Harvest (2006), Nature’s Garden (2010), and Incredible Wild Edibles (2017); and local author Cattail Bob Seebeck, who wrote Best-Tasting Plants of Colorado and the Rockies (1998) and currently teaches a course on Survival Plants at several area colleges.
My background includes a BA in archaeology and an MA in education, as well as experience working as a bilingual Spanish elementary school teacher in Los Angeles, and a snowboard trainer in Breckenridge, before taking on my current career as a freelance writer. I like to say I am a jack of all trades, and a master of precisely that, heh.
Thanks again for stopping by and hopefully I’ll see you foraging!