Weeds are in every country of the world, so it’s beyond me why there is world hunger. An entire civilization is walking on their food.

-Linda Runyon

Linda Runyon spoke these words after years of teaching herself how to live from the land. “I have this driving force to let others know they can survive. I see pictures of Afghanistan children eating bread made from grass. They are actually eating healthy food. Starving people are probably walking on food that would keep them alive, if they knew how to use it. Wild foods can be dried and kept for decades, and their seeds can be planted to grow again after all that time.”

Linda’s knowledge and expertise come from years of wilderness living, and learning on her own just what foods were safe to eat. She became familiar with medicinal herbs as an offshoot of her friendship with members of the Iroquois Indians in the Adirondack wilds, where she lived.

Survival Acre is the first book Linda published about her years of education by Mother Nature. It came into being after she left the Adirondacks to care for her ailing parents in Phoenix. Other publications include  The Essential Wild Food Survival Guide and Homestead Memories, discussed in more detail in the “Testimonials” section of this website and in the Forager’s Forum.

Most recently, Linda created a survival pack of wild food identification cards which are now available to soldiers through a military action gear company. “When I watch the news and see the soldiers walking in the fields, I see food everywhere in every country. There are 2,000 plants out there that can be eaten freely,” notes Runyon. “I wanted to make these cards available to military personel to help educate them. It makes me feel so good that a soldier can now purchase these cards and can give them to families that may benefit from them.”

Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field.

-Genesis 3:18

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