Today I get to introduce you to an inspiring and deeply insightful woman! Her name is Leda Meredith!
Leda has written five books including, Northeast Foraging: 120 Wild and Flavorful Edibles from Beach Plums to Wineberries and Preserving Everything: Can, Culture, Pickle, Freeze, Ferment, Dehydrate, Salt, Smoke, and Store Fruits, Vegetables and More. Using her astute perspective on food and her passion for eating locally sourced produce, Leda marries foraging and preserving!
I enjoy fun food facts 🙂 Did you know that canning developed out of a challenge Napoleon Bonaparte presented his countrymen as a way to find new ways to feed his army?
Food preservation has a delightfully rich and interesting history with many advancements spurred on by war. In this interview, Leda shares some food preservation history, particularly canning, which happens to be one of the newest forms of food preserving as well as some of her suggested ways of preserving foods.
In addition to writing books, Leda is certified in Ethnobotany from the New York Botanical Gardens. She is an instructor at both Brooklyn Botanic Gardens as well as New York Botanical Gardens where she specializes in edible and medicinal plants.
Leda is a lifelong forager having started when she was introduced to wild edibles by her great-grandmother! She continues to work with people, guide tours, and teach about plants in her area.
During our interview, Leda talks about the physiological shift she sees occur in her clients as they begin to trust themselves and their abilities when faced with the challenges of canning and when identifying wild, edible plants. As I listened to her describe this transformation, I was reminded of times that I don’t trust myself (for example not feeling fully confident identifying a sugar maple for tapping in the winter or avoiding a pressure canner) and so appreciate what a wonderful gift Leda gives to people, empowering them to achieve such a level of comfort.
Through foraging and eating locally sourced produce as well as preserving, Leda is lowering her carbon foot print while supporting the local economy. And to her credit, she has expanded her own lifestyle choices to make a difference in the lives of others.
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