Calling All Food Detectives!

By Paula McIntyre

Friday, September 12, 2008

We need your help! The Renewing America's Food Traditions collaborative currently estimates that Michigan may have as many as 50 wild foods and more than 300 historically cultivated foods at risk. Help us identify foods in need of recovery so that we can get them back on our tables!

RAFT is looking for assistance from local people to review the draft list and add or edit items based on their own knowledge of the foodshed. Please take a look at Foods Potentially at Risk in Michigan, as part of the Great Lakes Foodshed (PDF). You'll find everything from wild native plants and gamebirds to livestock, poultry, fruits and veggies. Do you remember something from your grandparents' farm that you can no longer find today? What about an abandoned orchard that your kids play in? We'd love to hear about it.

Please send your suggestions, corrections, deletions and queries to Gary Paul Nabhan, RAFT Coordinator, Southwest Center, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85720, or e-mail them to gpnabhan AT email.arizona.edu (replacing the AT with @).

You can learn more about RAFT's work in the Fall issue of Edible Grande Traverse.

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