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ABOUT PAUL TAPPENDEN

Paul Tappenden is an author, a wild plants diarist, an herbalist and a forager, with half a century of experience in gathering and using wild plants as food, medicine and for their many other purposes.  He has gained a wide following through his articles, published on his Facebook page and for the many hands-on workshops and presentations he has done throughout the New York area.

 

He has lived in the village of Nyack, in New York since 1980.  During that time he has made an extensive study of the wild species that grow throughout the Hudson Valley region.  Through research and a great deal of trial and error, he gradually learned what to harvest, when to harvest it and how to prepare it.  Using his background in gourmet cooking, he developed a number of very tasty dishes, as well as learning from other wild foods chefs. 

 

With so much experience to share, Tappenden began take groups out on Plant ID walks.  Once he realized there was an interest, he went on to teach workshops and courses, covering subjects such as foraging, preparing wild foods, preparing herbal remedies and primitive skills.

 

He has had many students over the years, most of whom have remained active foragers and herbalists and good friends.

 

For the past decade he has been sharing much of his knowledge with young folk, (who are only too willing to learn), working at summer camps and in schools.  “It never ceases to amaze me how much the kids remember - stuff that it took me years to learn” he confided in me

 

Tappenden began his journey as a forager when traveling through the Americas back in the early 1970’s.  After several days of adventures making his way up the headwaters of the Amazon, he wound up living among the natives of the equatorial rain forest.  He studied their ability to live totally off the land, and survive  all the challenges of nature.  He marveled at their ingenuity, and swore that he would one day learn these skills.

 

After finally settling in New York in 1976, he immediately began to study the local flora and its use as food, which naturally led him on to an interest in their medicinal uses.  Over the years, he used every opportunity to learn about and explore the uses of plants, which he began to incorporate into his daily life.

 

Today, Tappenden readily shares his knowledge and experiences, and is always ready with a story of one of his worldly exploits, or is just as excited to discuss a plant growing out of a crack.

Edna P Applenut

Paul Tappenden is an author, a wild plants diarist, an herbalist and a forager, with half a century of experience in gathering and using wild plants as food, medicine and for their many other purposes.  He has gained a wide following through his articles, published on his Facebook page and for the many hands-on workshops and presentations he has done throughout the New York area.

 

He has lived in the village of Nyack, in New York since 1980.  During that time he has made an extensive study of the wild species that grow throughout the Hudson Valley region.  Through research and a great deal of trial and error, he gradually learned what to harvest, when to harvest it and how to prepare it.  Using his background in gourmet cooking, he developed a number of very tasty dishes, as well as learning from other wild foods chefs. 

 

With so much experience to share, Tappenden began take groups out on Plant ID walks.  Once he realized there was an interest, he went on to teach workshops and courses, covering subjects such as foraging, preparing wild foods, preparing herbal remedies and primitive skills.

 

He has had many students over the years, most of whom have remained active foragers and herbalists and good friends.

 

For the past decade he has been sharing much of his knowledge with young folk, (who are only too willing to learn), working at summer camps and in schools.  “It never ceases to amaze me how much the kids remember - stuff that it took me years to learn” he confided in me

 

Tappenden began his journey as a forager when traveling through the Americas back in the early 1970’s.  After several days of adventures making his way up the headwaters of the Amazon, he wound up living among the natives of the equatorial rain forest.  He studied their ability to live totally off the land, and survive  all the challenges of nature.  He marveled at their ingenuity, and swore that he would one day learn these skills.

 

After finally settling in New York in 1976, he immediately began to study the local flora and its use as food, which naturally led him on to an interest in their medicinal uses.  Over the years, he used every opportunity to learn about and explore the uses of plants, which he began to incorporate into his daily life.

 

Today, Tappenden readily shares his knowledge and experiences, and is always ready with a story of one of his worldly exploits, or is just as excited to discuss a plant growing out of a crack.

Edna P Applenut

Showing now in my virtual Art Gallery, "Portraits of Nyack" a series of oil paintings on canvas by Paul Tappenden (that's me).