Brian Pierce videographer, Samuel Thayer narration, 2010, 180 minutes. The Forager's Harvest DVD Set includes two discs covering the 32 plants discussed in my first book for an incredibly reasonable price. The footage was shot by Brian Pierce over the course of three years as he accompanied me on foraging adventures. Through hundreds of hours of editing, organizing, re-shooting, and planning in order to optimize the usefulness of the video to viewers, Brian created excellent DVDs that are both informative and fun. The entire production is narrated by me (Samuel Thayer). In it, we interrupt normal foraging antics to cover the bases regarding each plant: identification, where to find it, what stage to harvest it in, what parts to collect, how to get them, and how to use them.
If you are a forager who prefers watching film to reading this video is for you. If you want to see what tangled clumps of hopniss vines and Siberian elms loaded with green seeds look like in real live action, they're here. If you want to see the process of harvesting wild rice from a ripe bed, then parching, dancing, and winnowing it, it's on film here. This footage captures the abundance, surprise, bounty, beauty, blind luck, mosquitoes, wood ticks, and occasional frustrations of wild food gathering in all kinds of settings around the Midwest, from wilderness lakes and hardwood forests to backyards and empty lots.
While the DVDs can be viewed in their entirety, their menus are designed for easy navigation, allowing the viewer to choose any plant on the disc. The DVD cases are Eco-wallets to eliminate plastic in the packaging, and are printed on recycled board with non-toxic vegetable-based inks. The DVDs are for Region 1 (US and Canada only).
APPROX WEIGHT: 6 ounces