In Remembrance

Linda Runyon

January 4, 1938 – March 12, 2017

Linda’s story is a testimony to a life well-lived.  We will miss her great spirit and driving force behind the now widespread interest in, and benefits of, wild food foraging.

Not only was Linda a true pioneer in the field of wild edibles, but she also had enough compassion for the human race to see that her vital wild food survival information and teachings were captured in book, DVD and website formats so that her discoveries of the wild food bounty could be spread far and wide. And so, Mankind can follow in her “wild” footsteps and understand that each of us could, indeed, be walking on our food.

Linda carefully and responsibly documented so thoroughly her wild food adventures that the company she started, The Wild Food Company, will be able to disseminate even more of her inimitable words, drawings, and discoveries into the future.

She will be missed.  No doubt about that.  But absolutely the benefit of her contributions will springboard countless new wild food enthusiasts to relish in the fun and relief that is inherent in the knowledge that no one ever need go hungry once they’ve learned how to forage.

Godspeed, Linda.  And thank you so much for everything, from all of us who have ever benefited from your strength, your wisdom, and your unending generosity.

Special Project:  Linda’s son (and Wild Food Company steward) Eric Conover, plus Linda’s secretary and Administrative Assistant Rosary Shepherd, and Linda’s wild food student and ardent supporter and friend Holly Drake, will be compiling a Linda Runyon Remembrance book.  There will also be a special Remembrance page on this website.  For anyone who wishes to share your experience of how Linda Runyon inspired you, or empowered you as a forager and wild food proponent, please know that we would appreciate hearing from you. Send along to such items as a favorite foraging story, a few of your best foraging pictures, and your best wild edible plant recipe. Between the two venues we’ll hope to include everyone who contributes.  Thank you all for your support over the years and on into the future.

6 Responses to “In Remembrance”

  • Rob2015:

    So sad to read this, I was listening to her radio shows again on my phone at work all week, I just love her enthusiasm in those shows and the experiences she shares. I really wish I had met her, her books are a true inspiration to me, I have an allotment here in the UK on which I purposefully cultivate ‘weeds’ like lambs quarters, malva, dandelion and plantain, the same plants which everyone around me are desperate to get rid off on their plots. Lambs quarters sag aloo or a chicken and amaranth jalfrezi are firm favourites in my household. This year im focusing on Chinese recipes and wild foods, I just love Asian food.
    It’s was Linda’s books that showed me how to make flours out of plants, my fussy kids have no idea they have been eating weeds in every meal I can sneak it into, one day I’ll tell them.
    My condolences to her family.
    RIP Linda, Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experiences.

    • Eric Conover:

      Thank you, Rob2015, for your comment. It means a lot. I am just now able to face announcing this sad news broadly, by email, and this weekend we are holding a memorial in Indian Lake, NY.

      Keep innovating! That’s how Mom did it, and it’s how it’s done. Your Indian and Chinese dishes sound like they should be shared broadly! Let us know when you have a pile of them and we’ll publish a cookbook or a 2nd edition of TEWFSG with your creations in it!

    • BKJ:

      When receiving my last newsletter, I noticed the words “Linda Runyon’s son”. So I quickly emailed back, and asked, was Linda ok? After all, I knew she was up there in age. I was almost excited to open my email today, and see I had a reply. The excitement faded quickly as I read what Eric had written me. As a man who never cries about anything, I admit, it was very hard to hold back. I admired Linda so much.
      The day before my 51st birthday, we all lost a much underappreciated human being, a human being who has shared something with the world, for the good of mankind (this is rare these days). I have never met Linda ever. But reading her work, and listening to some of her radio interviews on you tube, I felt like I have known her my whole life. This is the type of person I would have loved to have as a neighbor.
      God has sent prophets and angels down to help show us the way. These beings have showed us how to live, how to treat others, and what we should eat, among other things. I still believe god sends these beings to us. Linda has always seemed to me, like an angel sent from above. Perhaps she really was.
      Thank you Linda for everything you have taught me. I am a better man for knowing your work, your lessons, and your life stories. You shall be greatly missed. Rest in peace.

  • Linda was a great friend, foraging teacher, author, and inspiration. She’ll be missed by all the thousands of people whose hearts she touched.

  • donna:

    When I first got my copy of “The Essential Wild Food Survival Guide”, I just could not get enough of it. I read it each night before falling asleep for two winters, memorizing passages and planning for spring. I have suggested this book to countless folks as the best starter book for wild edibles on the planet. I felt close to Linda R thru her words. Her life has been and will continue to be an inspiration to me. Condolences to you and your family, but surely you know how much this woman is loved. Thank you for continuing to get her work out there.

  • mokaim:

    I have her “Essential Wild Food Survival Guide” and have been receiving her emails for years.

    She will be greatly missed.

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