Throughout the filming of Les Stroud’s Wild Harvest, Les and Paul connect with local area wild edible experts and consultants to learn more about the ingredients that, and areas in which, they are foraging. The cast is ever grateful for the knowledge and resources that these individuals share throughout the episodes.
Adam Larue has been studying wild edibles since he was a teen growing up in the redwoods of California. Over the last decade, his primary focus is to learn Southern Oregon’s flora, fungi, and fauna inside and out.
Adam is well versed in wilderness survival skills. His passion to share these teachings with the world inspired him to create an “earth skills” gathering, The Sharpening Stone. Les and Adam met at this event when Les attended as a guest. They soon recognized their shared passions and skillsets and began working together to bring the best of Southern Oregon’s wild harvest to PBS!
Chell has lived in Southern Oregon most of her life, the art of wild herbalism was passed down to her through her Cherokee ancestors. Through life experience she has gained direct, experiential knowledge of local beneficial herbs & fungi, edible wild foods, & seasonal natural resources of the Pacific North West.
Fiona Hamersley Chambers
Fiona Hamersley Chambers is an accomplished ethnobotanist, wild foods enthusiast and author of numerous North American field guides on wild berries. She holds an MA from the University of Victoria, an MSc from Oxford, and a Masters in Environmental Design from the University of Calgary.
A PhD candidate, her research focuses on traditional Indigenous plant foods and how these culturally important species were cultivated and enhanced prior to European contact. Fiona has taught ethnobotany at universities, colleges and in communities for over 20 years and loves nothing better than being outside foraging.
Growing up in the First Nations communities of Nitnaht Lake (Clo-oose) and Penelakut (formerly Kuper) Island and at her grandparent’s farm in the UK countryside, Fiona’s love of the outdoors, plants and nature began at an early age. She is a long-time organic farmer, commercial seed grower and owner of Metchosin Farm on Vancouver Island, British Columbia where she not only works to maintain heritage seeds but to create new food varieties.
Robert is an herbalist of over forty-five years and is a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild. He is the author of 56 books on medicinal plants and fungi of the boreal forest, including The Fungal Pharmacy: The Complete Guide to Medicinal Mushrooms and Lichens of North America.
Robert earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta, where he is presently an assistant clinical professor in Family Medicine. He is also an adjunct professor at York University.
He presently teaches plant medicine, including plant and mushroom medicine, aromatherapy and flower essences in the Earth Spirit Medicine faculty at the Northern Star College in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Robert is past chair of the Alberta Natural Health Agricultural Network and Community Health Council of Capital Health. He is a Fellow of the International College of Nutrition, past chair of the medicinal mushroom committee of the North American Mycological Association, and previously served on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms. He writes occasionally for Fungi magazine, Journal of the American Herbalist Guild, and Discovery Phytomedicine.
A Cree Healer and his Medicine Bundle, was released in June 2015 by North Atlantic Books. It documents the ten-generation passing down of over sixty traditional indigenous boreal plants and fungi and their medicinal use.
Mushroom Essences: Vibrational Healing from the Kingdom Fungi was released in July 2016. This book contains 48 mushroom essences prepared under lunar influence for working with soul connection and depth psychology. It includes one or more case study, from clinical practice, associated with using these wonders of the underworld.
In June 2017, North Atlantic books released Herbal Allies: My Journey with Plant Medicine, including 20 plants of the boreal forest from the perspective of the Cree Lunar Calendar.
Medicinal Mushrooms of Western North America was co-authored with Duane Sept and released in April, 2020. Medicinal Mushrooms: The Human Clinical Trials was published in May, 2020.