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Vickie gardenVickie Shufer is a naturalist, herbalist, and forager with a master’s degree in therapeutic herbalism. She teaches classes on edible and medicinal plants, as well as outdoor education programs. Vickie is the author of several books, including The Everything Guide to Foraging (Adams Media, 2011), and was the editor/publisher of The Wild Foods Forum newsletter from 1994 to 2014. Vickie also has a certified, 16-acre native nursery in northeastern North Carolina where she propagates coastal native plants and forest botanicals and teaches groups how to use them for food, medicine, and crafts.


  • Master of Science in Therapeutic Herbalism, Maryland University of Integrative Health, 2013.
  • Bachelor of Science in Outdoor Recreation with an emphasis on nature and ethnobotany, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, 1979


  • Ethnobotany Trip to Peru: The Medicinal and Mystical Plants of the Andes and Amazon, 8/2013.
  • Journey to Costa Rica – People, Plants and Healers with Dr. James Duke
  • Field Ethnobotany with Dr. James Duke, Humboldt Field Research Institute, Maine, 9/2000.
  • Advanced Medical Botany Mini Course with Dr. James Duke, University of Maryland, College Park, 1/1997.
  • Pharmacy From the Rainforest, Amazon, Peru, 10/1994.
  • Certified Instructor: Project Wild, Aquatic Wild, and Project Learning Tree
  • Certified Nature Scope Workshop Facilitator, National Wildlife Federation
  • Certified Instructor: Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
  • Certified Dismal Swamp Tour Guide, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia

Work Experience:

  • Park Naturalist/Interpreter – False Cape State Park, Virginia Beach, VA
  • Wild Food Leader/Instructor: Medicines from the Earth, Black Mountain, NC; Virginia State Parks; Tasting Tours, Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve; Wild Food Weekend, Reidsville, NC; Norfolk Botanical Garden; Edible & Medicinal Plants, A.R.E. (Association for Research and Enlightenment) Mountain Camp; Marsh & Sea Fest, NC Aquarium, Manteo, NC.
  • Field Trip Leader/Eco Tour Guide
  • Speaker/Resource Person – Edible and Medicinal Plants
  • Wilderness Skills Instructor – Plant Uses
  • Wilderness Survival Program Leader – Virginia State Parks


  • Author: Yaupon Holly: A North American Source of Caffeine, Herbalgram, Issue 109, pp. 42-47, 2016.
  • Author: The Everything Guide to Foraging, 2011, Published by Adams Media.
  • Co-Author: The Wild River Guide to the North Landing River and its Tributaries, 2001, Wild River Guide to Dismal Swamp Water Trails, 2004, and Wild River Guide to Coastal Waterways, 2007.
  • Editor/Publisher: The Wild Foods Forum newsletter from 1994-2014.
  • Author: Scientific Paper Presented and Published: Dismal Swamp Ethnobotany, Dismal Swamp Symposium, Old Dominion University, 1998.
  • Contributing Writer: “Your Backyard Classroom,” Virginia State Parks
  • Author/Illustrator: A Coastal Ecology Coloring Book, A Naturalist’s Field Guide to Coastal Communities, 1986.


  • Conservation Award of the Year from the Back Bay Restoration Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA
  • Selected as Eco Tour Guide of the Year for Hampton Roads by Virginia Travel
  • Featured Wild Foods Specialist in spotlight articles in Wilderness Way, Virginia Wildlife, and Garden & Guns

Native Plant Entrepreneurial Initiative 

Owner and manager of a certified, 16-acre native nursery, Wild Woods Farm, in northeastern North Carolina. Responsible for propagating coastal native plants and teaching groups how to use them for food, medicine, and survival.