Hi all, thanks so much for visiting. My name is Erica Davis, formerly Erica Marciniec. Originally from New England , 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!