Press – Video, Audio, and Written Interviews of John Kallas

VIDEO
A Rendezvous with Wild Food

Documentarian Justin Olexy gives us a personal view of the GingerRoot Wild Food Rendezvous. In this video: John Kallas leads intrepid participants as they forage through fields, swamps, forests, and farms of Oregon, identifying, gathering, processing and eating a variety of wild edibles. Foragers from all over North America come to learn about and get hands-on experience with wild foods. Want to attend? Learn more here. Recorded in Silverton, Oregon, June 27-30, 2014. 8 minutes. – Justin Olexy, NW Documentary Workshop


Native Shores Wild Food Rendezvous

Lead by John Kallas, intrepid participants forage through coastal beaches, rocky intertidal habitats, and inland forests of the Oregon Coast identifying, gathering, processing and eating a variety of seaweeds, shellfish, and coastal wild edible plants. This is an annual 4 day wild food intensive. Foragers from all over North America come to learn about and get hands on experience with wild foods. Want to attend? Learn more here. Recorded at the Oregon coast, May 7 and 8, 2005. 8 minutes. – Oregon Public Broadcasting: Oregon Field Guide, Episode 1703.

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GingerRoot Wild Food Rendezvous

Reporter Christiana Jaimes interviews John Kallas about the GingerRoot where intrepid participants forage through fields, swamps, forests, and farms of Oregon, identifying, gathering, processing and eating a variety of wild edibles. The video shows the first full day of foraging of this multi-day annual wild food intensive. Foragers from all over North America come to learn about and experience with wild foods. Want to attend? Learn more here. Recorded in Silverton, Oregon, June 22, 2013. 5 minutes. – Sustainable Today, Episode 1307, Part 5.


Wild Foods in Food Security and Domestication

Botanical Explorer Joseph Simcox engages John Kallas in a discussion about food security and the potential, limitations, and realities of domesticating wild foods. Concepts touched upon include specialty foods, taste & texture in a modern society, wild fast food, wild food as traditional food, wild food marketing, and super foods. Plants mentioned include nettles, huckleberries, blueberries, salal, soy beans, American groundnut, rose hips. Recorded at Wild Food Adventures in Portland Oregon, August 20, 2013. 18 minutes. Joseph Simcox, YouTube channel.


Wild Foods of Jessup Bluff

Reporter Lydia Nguyen (pron “Win”) interviews John and takes a wild food walking tour of a few late summer plants. Plants shown in the tape include western blue elderberry, wild mint, wild sweet fennel, and wild sweet pea. Recorded at Jessup Bluff, Portland Oregon, August 19, 2013. 6 minutes – ABC affiliate, KATU channel 2 Portland, ‘AM Northwest’ morning show.

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Learning Wild Foods – 1

Interviewer: Sergei Boutenko. Topics covered include: how John learned wild foods, the best strategies to learn about them yourself, how safe are they to eat, how safe are they for children to learn and to eat, and how to avoid eating poisonous plants? Recorded at Riversong Forest Sanctuary, Hood River, Oregon, June 26, 2011. 10 minutes – BotenkoFilms, YouTube channel.


Learning Wild Foods – 2

Interviewer: Sergei Boutenko. Topics covered include: the benefits to eating and pursuing an interest in wild foods, how does John as an advanced forager incorporate wild foods in his diet, are wild foods sustainable, how should an absolute beginner get started, and how to build a home-based personal wild food learning library? Some background scenes in this video show some of the foods gathered at the 2011 GingerRoot Wild Food Rendezvous. Recorded at Riversong Forest Sanctuary, Hood River, Oregon, June 26, 2011. 8 minutes – BotenkoFilms, YouTube channel.


Foraging in the City

A camera crew follows John Kallas foraging for wild edibles in Portland. John brings them into the kitchen to make a wild food frittata. Ingredients included stinging nettle, miners lettuce, salsify, maple buds, wild sweet pea shoots, sow thistle, egg, onion, and sweet red pepper. Recorded in Portland Oregon, April 19, 2011. 4 minutes. Edible Portland Magazine in cooperation with ABC affiliate, KATU channel 2 Portland, ‘AM Northwest’ morning show.

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Wild Marshmallow S’mores

Sunny Savage films a Wild Marshmallow workshop taught by John Kallas through Wild Food Adventures. Participants find the plant, process the mallow peas, cook them up, whip them up, and serve the ‘mallowmallow’ on chocolate and grahm crackers. Sunny also interviews John about global climate change and its impact on plants in his workshops. Recorded at Wild Food Adventures in Portland Oregon, August 5, 2007. 18 minutes – Yeehaw Productions, Sunny Savage YouTube channel, Episode 16.


Wild Foods of Yard and Garden

Reporter William McClenathan accompanies John on a wild food tour of his backyard. In the process they build a wild salad that includes eastern blue violet, miner’s lettuce, field mustard, sheep sorrel, ox-eye daisy and dandelion. Recorded in Portland Oregon, April 21, 2008. 7 minutes – Garden Time TV, initially aired on CBS affiliate, KOIN TV channel 6 Portland.


Wapato Island Expedition

Student Marc White shows the last minutes of a 3 hour Wild Food Adventure workshop where John discusses wapato (Sagittaria latifolia) identification, seasonaity, harvest and preparation. The Wapato Island Expedition workshop is an annual event. Sound and video quality is fairly good considering it was taped from a phone. Recorded August 3, 2013 on Wapato Island in Oregon – 12 minutes, YouTube channel.


Documentary on Euell Gibbons

Host Alastair Greener narrates historic events and interviews people with a connection to Euell Gibbons. John’s segment was recorded June 1, 2007 in Forest Park, Portland Oregon – Brushfire Films: The Genesis of Healing: Euell Gibbons: Season 2, Episode 8, 2008. Currently NOT AVAILABLE.


Foraging and Health

John Kallas is interviewed about wild foods found easily all around us and their potential roles in nutritional health. Discussed are dietary diversity, the Mediterrainian diet, and the role of wild foods in optimal nutrition. We forage in my back yard and produce a wild salad. Recorded at Wild Food Adventures in Portland Oregon, May 16, 2011. 3 minutes – A Medstar Television production for WebTV and other broadcasts. Titled “Foraging for Food.” Currently NOT AVAILABLE.