In Dandelion Hunter, forager-journalist Rebecca Lerner sets out on to find her inner hunter-gatherer in the city of Portland, Oregon. The result is engaging, uplifting, and often humorous. After a disheartening week trying to live off wild plants from the streets and parks near her home, she learns the ways of the first people who lived there and, along with a quirky cast of characters, discovers an array of useful wild plants hiding in plain sight. As she harvests them for food, medicine, and just-in-case apocalypse insurance, Lerner delves into anthropology, urban ecology and sustainability, and finds herself looking at Nature in a very different way.
Rebecca Lerner has quickly become one of the best-known urban foragers in America via her widely read blog, www.FirstWays.com, in which she aims to "inspire and empower my fellow human beings to remember who we really are." She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she enjoys working as a nature educator, speaker, and writer. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction writing from Goucher College.