NYC Chinese American Urban Foraging Project

This USDA-funded study is a step towards understanding the who, what, when, where, how and why of urban foraging in NYC. Explore findings from interviews with Chinese American foragers in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens below. Thank you to the Mulberry Street Library for hosting the Street Eats workshop and exhibit featuring specimen from this study from April to May 2016!


Quotes from participants:

It's an amazing thing to understand that you can actually forage for food even in a place like NYC, where it feels like there aren't enough opportunities to access nature or green spaces. There are so many opportunities we probably walk by everyday and don't realize are available to us...there are little treasures like that everywhere.

It makes me happy to know that I can provide for my family without needing money. 

It's kind of about preparing for the future, like what would you do in an apocalypse, given what you have available here? And wanting to understand how people like my grandparents might’ve lived before we had supermarkets and everything so available to us.


Poster for 2015 International Symposium on Society and Resource Management:

Chinese-English recruitment flier: