Hosted by Daniel Vitalis, The WildFed Podcast is about deepening your connection with the natural world through hunting, fishing, foraging, and, of course, food. It’s about the wild food that’s freely available on your landscape, at the edges of your town or city, and sometimes just outside your door. The podcast consists of interviews with biologists, authors, wildlife managers, foragers, hunters, anglers, chefs, friends, and plenty of educational and inspirational solo shows too. WildFed — Food Is All Around You.
A Wildly Eclectic Conversation with Jenna Rozelle — WildFed Podcast #100
Today’s podcast is with Jenna Rozelle, a longtime friend of the podcast and someone who has been very involved — if not from a bit behind the scenes — in the modern wild food culture. She was one of our first guests, and we recently sat down with her to catch up and talk about the state of the wild food scene — both here where we live and around the country.
Jenna, our producer Grant, and Daniel have a fun and lively discussion ranging all over the map as they discuss foraging, hunting, fishing, and general wild food ecology, as well as some thoughts about the future of wild food culture in North America. The conversation is filled with a lot of useful info and some good laughs too. Enjoy!
View full show notes, including links to resources from this episode here: https://www.wild-fed.com/podcast/100
Man Eats Wild with Mario Kalpou — WildFed Podcast #099
Mario Kalpou is the host of Man Eats Wild, a new show premiering on Outdoor Channel later this month.
Mario’s lifestyle is larger than life. He’s a self-professed adrenaline addict, who seeks thrills and big adventure, but he’s also a very thoughtful hunter, and his ethics, like ours here at WildFed, center around his approach to food.
A native of Australia, he made the first season of his show in the South Pacific — filming in Australia, but also in New Zealand.
As you’re listening to this, he’s headed off to Africa, where he formerly worked as a hunting guide — what they call a Professional Hunter there — to film the second season of his new show.
Man Eats Wild, like WildFed, airs on Mondays on the Outdoor Channel as part of their Taste of the Wild block, as both of our shows are food-focused. While our artistic styles are a bit different, we both view hunting, fishing, and foraging through a similar lens. We think it's an ancient — but still relevant and important — approach to acquiring quality food and that this food is healthier for us than anything we can purchase in the store.
This was a great conversation, and we're excited to have him as a friend and ally… and we're wishing Man Eats Wild huge success with its upcoming premier!
View full show notes, including links to resources from this episode here: https://www.wild-fed.com/podcast/099
Restoring the Landscape with Jared Holmes — WildFed Podcast #098
We've just returned from a week in the beautiful Hill Country of Texas, filming an episode for Season 2 of WildFed TV show on the Outdoor Channel.
Our host and guide to the incredible property we visited — Bamberger Ranch Preserve — was Jared Holmes, a zoologist, herpatologist, hunter, butcher, ecological steward and landscape regeneration specialist. Bamberger Ranch serves as a model of what is possible with good stewardship, despite the incredible insults to the land that have been perpetrated here over the last several hundred years.
We came home from the ranch with feral hog meat, and braised one of the hams a few nights ago. We were simply blown away by the quality of the meat. We’ve had wild hog before, and have enjoyed it, but not like this. These hogs have been living in an intact eco-community, with mineralized soil, clean spring water, and feeding on a diversity of healthy, wild foods. They’re simply healthier hogs, and their meat reflects that.
Jared’s living, working, and raising a family in this little slice of paradise. But the thing is, the whole earth is ready for this kind of regeneration. We just have to get to work.
We’ll leave it to Jared to tell you how.
View full show notes, including links to resources from this episode here: https://www.wild-fed.com/podcast/098
So Many Things, Behind the Scenes with Daniel Vitalis & Grant Guiliano — WildFed Podcast #097
Today’s episode was a lot of fun to record, since it's rare that Grant Guiliano — co-producer of this podcast and co-creator of the WildFed television series — and Daniel sit down to just record a show together. There’s so many fun stories and interesting reflections on the things we learn and encounter during — and outside of — those productions — and we thought it would be fun to share some of that with you today!
If you’re just tuning in for the first time, this episode isn’t our typical content, since we’re usually interviewing wild food experts, wildlife biologists, ecologists, authors, chefs, or noteworthy hunters, anglers, and foragers. And we’ll be back to that content next week.
But for now, we hope you’ll enjoy this more candid, behind the scenes conversation between Daniel and Grant.
View full show notes, including links to resources from this episode here: https://www.wild-fed.com/podcast/097
Moose! Managing Megafauna with Lee Kantar — WildFed Podcast #096
Moose! They’re the largest member of the deer family, and no one knows them better than our guest today, Lee Kantar, Maine’s State Moose biologist and head of its Moose Management Program.
Here in Maine we have a thriving population — the largest in the lower 48 — but our tags are coveted, released each summer after a much-anticipated lottery drawing.
While moose are majestic, if not a bit goofy on those long spindly legs, they’re also facing several threats, not the least of which is the winter tick, an ectoparasite that’s literally been bleeding our moose population to death. Add to that the threat of brain worm and chronic wasting disease, and it soon becomes apparent why the work of Lee Kantar and his colleagues is so important.
It’s also important for us to understand what helps them thrive and what leads to their ultimate demise. That’s why Lee is flying around in helicopters counting moose, wrangling them for the tagging program, and racing to the scene when a collar shows a mortality to perform a necropsy on the spot. All that data is fed back into a management program that’s goal is ensuring moose have a future here with us. Not just for the hunt, but for their own intrinsic value on the landscape.
Tune in for a fascinating conversation on moose, their ecology and effective moose management.
View full show notes, including links to resources from this episode here: https://www.wild-fed.com/podcast/096
Cutting Out the Middleman with New England Fishmongers — WildFed Podcast #095
Never buy fish from a stranger. That’s the motto of our guests Tim and Kayla, AKA the New England Fishmongers.
The Fishmongers of New England have created a model that is changing the way consumers get their fish. From the boat where it's well-cared for, to the Fishmongers who cut and package it, direct to you at the farmers market or restaurant. We're hopeful that this and similar models become the norm, not only bringing the fishermen and the retail buyer closer together, but shortening the supply chain, ensuring that less of the quality, and just as important, the story, is lost in the exchange.
Seafood is, in our opinion, one of the healthiest, most nutrient dense, and physiologically most important food sources we can access. But it can also be some of the most ecologically unsustainable and, frankly, bad tasting if it’s not done right.
If you don’t hunt or raise animals, you need a good butcher. If you don’t fish or get offshore you need a good fishmonger. Fish sticks be dammed!
View full show notes, including links to resources from this episode here: https://www.wild-fed.com/podcast/095
A fantastic listen to help the mind start learning about hunting and foraging. Thank you to the Wild Fed team for putting together quality information in an enjoyable listen.
Always great thorough work and great information
WildFed and rewild yourself podcast is must for anyone that is wanting to learn to heal themselves and the natural world. To regain a lot of lost information
More than informative...a way of life
I dialled into ReWild yourself a few years ago and what it did for me was brought together so much of what I knew in part, observed or felt about being a part of our ecology and wanting to live within our ever diminishing wild habitats at a much deeper level of understanding. Daniel harmoniously brings in aspects of ReWilding I would never have thought of with his effortless narrative and endearing persona. A pleasure to listen to.
Wild-Fed has added the visual and what an amazing place northeast USA is! I sincerely hope to visit soon, it’s always been the dream living so far away in Australia. It’s important that Daniel’s sharing of his knowledge and message of conservation transcends geographic and political boundaries. What he lives can equally be lived here down under or anywhere.
I constantly recommend these series to like minded people I meet and commend Daniel and team for such an exceptional and important series. Well done and please don’t stop sharing!!