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Becky Lerner

Dandelion Hunter: Foraging the Urban Wilderness
Portland, OR
Bio: Becky is the author of the book "Dandelion Hunter: Foraging the Urban Wilderness," published March 2013 by Globe Pequot Press. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she works as a speaker, teacher, and shamanic healer, and shares her botanical knowledge with a variety of clients: individuals, schools, nonprofits, museums, private companies, even Hollywood producers.

On Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, at 10 pm, she'll make her national TV debut on the show "Brew Dogs" on the Esquire Network, taking the show's hosts on a plant identification tour of Portland and teaching them about wild and weedy brewing herbs!

Her writing has been published in Orion magazine, Utne Reader, The Oregonian, and more, and she has appeared in an array of TV, radio, and print outlets. She earned an MFA in creative nonfiction writing from Goucher College and has an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Rutgers University.

Her website is http://FirstWays.com, where she writes a popular urban foraging blog. You can learn about her healing work at http://PlantSpiritReiki.com. 

 “In 2007, after an epiphany while visiting upstate New York, Lerner cut loose from her newspaper reporter job in the urban wastelands of New Jersey to embark upon the “mysterious, powerful, and esoteric” work of herbalism and explore nature. This book relates her hunter-gatherer adventures through the streets, parks, yards, and environs of her new home in Portland, Ore., accompanied by her dog, Petunia, and a revolving cast of botanical experts and quirky friends: a wilderness survival teacher who introduces her to burdock-root and ant-egg cuisine; a “freegan” dumpster diver retrieving 50 pounds of gourmet ravioli and parmesan from a waste bin; an urban homesteader illegally but reverently butchering a roadkill deer….[the result] may be the funniest herbal adventure you’ll ever read.” — Publishers Weekly

My Writers Sessions

Wednesday, October 2

6:00pm PDT

Saturday, October 5

11:00am PDT

5:00pm PDT