Interested in foraging and having your own business?
Listen to foraging expert, Anne-Marie Bilella, for some great advice and ideas.
In this episode, we’re tuning in to Thriving Farmer Value-Added Summit speaker Anne-Marie Bilella, aka the Forager Chick, of Bella Vista Farm, located in Monroe, Georgia. Bella Vista is a local, private farm that specializes in herbal products and remedies and homemade breads.
Anne-Marie is the farmer, baker, and medicine maker of the farm. Anne-Marie helps homesteaders and preppers identify and use wild plants and mushrooms for food and medicine.
She spent most of her career as a self-taught professional, until 2014, when she attended a 10-month intensive herbal studies course at the BotanoLogos School of Herbal Studies. Additionally, she is the author of Wild Eating With The Forager Chicks.
In this episode, you’ll hear…
- How Anne-Marie got into the herbal world 3:53
- What Goldenrod flowers are used for 11:03
- The kinds of oils used to infuse Goldenrod 11:49
- Cost of getting to the end product 14:00
- What Anne-Marie is doing with Hawthorn berries/sumac 15:58
- What she’s doing with mushrooms 19:06
- How Anne-Marie implements seasonings 25:05
- The inspiration that led Anne-Marie to write her books 33:21
- How she preserves excess stock 36:52
- The first thing someone getting started in foraging needs to learn 37:58
- Anne-Marie’s biggest surprise in her foraging journey 39:53
About the Guest:
Anne-Marie is the farmer, the baker and the medicine-maker at Bella Vista Farm in Georgia. She is skilled in herbal medicine, wild weeds, mushrooms, and products made from herbs and mushrooms.
Anne-Marie was self-taught in her herbal studies until 2014 when she completed a 10-month hands-on intensive herbal course with Patricia Kyritsi Howell of BotanoLogos School of Herbal Studies. She is certified as a Wild Mushroom Forager and Seller as well as an instructor for the Wild Mushroom Safety Course with Mushroom Mountain.
Currently, Anne-Marie creates her own herbal products with her Forager Chick line and teaches homesteaders and preppers about herbal medicine, medicinal mushrooms, and wild plant identification. She is a homesteader, book author, and writer for her own blog and has written articles for other blogs.
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