Dr. John Kallas Knotweed

John Kallas gathering knotweed shoots and stems. Photo courtesy of Robert VanCreveld © 2006

Technical Advising | Research

Dr. Kallas can advise on and/or investigate the edible properties of any plant and its relatives for academic, culinary, theatrical, agricultural, or food product development. Dr. Kallas’ library is one of the largest in the world regarding uses of wild plants for food and other purposes in North America. Screen writers will find our expertise on wild foods valuable to reasonably portray Native American, pioneer, and prehistoric foodways.

Speaking | Presentations

Dr. Kallas gives entertaining slide presentations to businesses, organizations, and schools. He speaks to professional groups in areas like outdoor education, botany, nutrition, food preparation, cooperative extension, and health care. John presents at conferences, company retreats, training camps, and schools. Event displays are available to show prepared samples of wild foods and photographs of edible plants, wild food social events, and prepared foods. John has been the “entertainment speaker” at medical, educational, and a variety of professional conferences often unrelated to wild foods – typically at award dinners where professionals are joined by their families.

Training | Curriculum Development

We work with outdoor organizations, schools, businesses, and individuals to develop and implement high quality training on wild food topics. Wild foods can be easily integrated into science, adventure, and experiential curricula to feed mind, body, and soul. Apprenticeships, advanced training, study groups, and focused retreats are on-going. Training can yield information on simple and sustainable living, wilderness survival, Native American uses, plant identification, and the nutrient contribution of wild foods. Specific workshops can deal with regional edibles; cooking and processing techniques; wild gourmet garden vegetables; neighborhood edibles; wild foods of the wilderness; medicinal plants; poisonous plants; and more. Expeditions and overnight trips to parks, wilderness areas, and hot spring resorts can be arranged. For workshops that are already established, go to our workshops page.

Content Support for Journalists and Writers

Dr. Kallas the author of the book Edible Wild Plants: Wild Foods from Dirt to Plate, the Wild Food Primer and was the editor and main contributor of the Wild Food Adventurer newsletter. A full list of publications is located at his bio page. John is available to serve as a reference source, fact checker, and image source for journalists and writers on the topic of edible wild plants and other foragables.

Working as an Intern, Research Associate or Student

Wild Food Adventures is the public outreach branch of the Institute for the Study of Edible Wild Plants and Other Foragables. The Institute engages in research, education, and the daily business activities that allow us to pursue our missions. To get involved, read our factsheet about working with the Institute.