John showing a friend how to eat Dudleya
BS Computer Science
height 5' 11"
Other interests include:
4 X 4, Pathfinders (a church scouting type group), crafts, camping,
hiking, cross country skiing, inventing things, ham radio KE6VUB,
- When I was 6 my Mother fixing Lambs Quarters to eat and about had
force to get me to eat "those weeds". We also ate Giant puff ball
Black walnuts, butter nuts, hickory nuts, and mulberries etc. from our
farm in Michigan.
When I was 9 we moved to Africa as missionaries. I remember her
telling the grounds people to mow a lawn. They replied "Oh no, madam,
is food!" We ended up eating that food, "African spinach" (amaranth),
other foods that grew "wild".
When I was 12 we toured Europe. I remember eating stinging nettles
wild berries in Finland and Sweden. The stinging nettle was another
of the wills because I had been reintroduced to them by the touch
In high school I joined the Outdoor Life book club and got every
they had on wilderness survival. I had no mentor to help me learn the
so I didn't get very far in learning them then. I also learned from
class that biologist didn't know what they were talking about. In some
areas I knew more than the teacher just by keeping my eyes open and
In college I took a course called Wilderness Camping and Survival,
friends with Harry Hails, who taught the edible plant portion and went
all around the Southern California with him looking for edible plants.
One time we went on a camp out that Miriam Darnall was leading.
- I have studied and/or taught* wild edible plants for 31 years in
states, California*, Michigan*, Ohio*, Arizona*, Nevada, Colorado*,
Idaho*, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Oregon*, Washington, New Mexico*,
Arkansas*, Ontario*, New York, Massachusetts*, Pennsylvania, North
Missouri, Illinois ( Indiana, Minnesota, West Virginia, Nebraska
to a lessor extent).
- I have taught at
- outdoor schools
- summer camps
- church outings
- U. S. Forest Service interpretive Specialist volunteer 5 years
- Rabbitstick and Winter count rendezvous of Society for
a group dedicated to keeping the knowledge of primitive skills alive.
- I have taught it at Loma Linda University with Miriam
Darnall-Kraimer from 1991-2004.
On April 4, 2004 I went scouting for a
Pathfinder outing and picked up a tick that had Lyme disease. Being
that it was in an area that IDSA boldly declare does NOT have Lyme the
tests were declared false positives. The IDSA protocol of treatment was
not successful so have been using the ILADS protocol with much more
Copyright © 1996, 2012 John Goude