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Foraging delicious food from your backyard w/Tama Matsuoka

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Imagine never having to pay a grocery bill for vegetables ever again. That's precisely what pro-forager and author of Foraged Flavor Tama Mastsuoka has accomplished.

Mastsuoka, a lawyer-turned-forager has created a career and lifestyle that some would say is unusual for our modern times. She of course begs to differ and insists that "everyone should be foraging" in our natural environments for at least some of our food. "Think about how much you rely on other people to provide something so basic as your sustenance," she asks.

In the 9th episode of SRO Conversations, Tama discusses with Summer Rayne, Paul America and Brady Dale about the basic principles and philosophies of foraging; what to forage; the physical, mental and emotional benefits that foraging bring; and how she's been able to turn her foraging hobby into a business, supplying some of the finest restaurants fresh, in-season, wild-harvested plants. Tama is also a big believer in landscape stewardship. "One thing that I think is missing from foraging is the ecology," she says. "Ecology is how a plant relates to the landscape and should be taken into account when foraging."

Any plant lover, health nerd, foodie, and any individual interested in self-reliance should tune into this two hour conversation.

To view all conversations, including this one, visit www.summerrayne.net. Direct any comments/questions for this episode on Twitter @sroakes with #SROConvo and follow Tama on Twitter as well @meadowsandmore.