I'm offering this free recording of my live spring webinar so you can dip your toe into foraging, online education, and my teaching style, all without spending any of your hard earned cash.

I admit, it's a "come here little girl, the first one is free" kind of lure. I hope you'll find the idea of foraging SO exciting and intriguing that you'll want to learn more. And if you do, I'll be here, ready to help.

FYI, signing up for this free video also puts you on my mailing list. I send out a monthly newsletter, as well as occasional announcements, and I promise never to sell or share your contact information. If you're already on my list, don't worry, you won't get double emails from me. And if you'd rather not receive the newsletter, please email me, and I'll remove you from the list asap.

Congratulations on taking this first step on your delicious wild foods journey. I can't wait to see where it takes you. Happy foraging!

What's Included

here's what you get

  • Identification Reference Chart: a handy chart with a photo of each wild edible

  • Video Lesson: Five Early Spring Greens

Yes, really. It's free. You have absolutely nothing to lose.

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  • Ellen Zachos

    Instructor Bio:

    I moved to NYC sometime in the last century to be an actor. I know, I know, it’s an age old story, small town girl moves to NYC, lands a role on Broadway, decides she’d rather be a horticulturist, and starts her own garden design, installation, and maintenance business. You’ve heard it many times before.

    But seriously, after leaving the cast of Les Miz on Broadway, I went back to school at the New York Botanical Garden and earned certificates in both ornamental horticulture and ethnobotany. For many years I taught at the NYBG on a wide range of subjects (basic gardening techniques, perennials, annuals, orchids, container gardening, house plants) and ran my roof top gardening business.

    As I learned more about plants I noticed that many traditional ornamental plants had edible and medicinal histories. I wondered why we didn’t eat hostas any more, and why people planted hopniss for its flowers rather than its delicious, potato-like tubers. Gradually, my interest shifted from plants that were merely ornamental to plants that fed both body and soul, the eyes and the stomach.I started out foraging in the garden, because I knew the plants there were safe from potentially dangerous insecticides and herbicides. Soon I ventured out into the wilds of Central Park, the woods of Pennsylvania, the deserts of New Mexico, the islands of Scotland, and the gorges of Greece. In other words, I’m always looking for delicious, free food!

    I’m a Harvard graduate and the author of seven books including Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn’t Know You Could Eat, and The Wildcrafted Cocktail. I work with RemyUSA, teaching foraging mixology workshops across the US, and I lecture at botanic gardens, flower shows, and for garden clubs around the world.

    Ellen Zachos

    The Backyard Forager

    Ellen Zachos


what other students say

“Your course was well done and added so much value to what I have learned so far. Great mini-course. The identification pdf is very useful.”


Kasha W.

“The closest I've come to foraging in the past is blackberry picking, so I felt really unsure about my ability to safely identify wild foods or know what to do with them once I got them home! Ellen's course has changed all that. Her clear and enthusiastic instruction together with excellent photographs have left me ready to head outside and see what I can find.”


Karen C.

“Please offer more mini courses. They are great.”


Katie G.

Wild edible plants are all around you! Learn how to enjoy their delicious flavors, safely and with confidence .

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