- Research produce that is in season before you go foraging. On the New Zealand Fruit and Food Share Map you can deselect trees that aren't in season so they are not visible.
- Other maps are available for specific areas of the country – just Google 'foraging map' with the location you require.
- Follow Glen Eden Transition Town on Facebook to be notified of working bees at the Glen Eden Community Garden and others such as the Savoy Community Garden.
- Artist and Plant Gang leader Liv Worsnop, featured on page 100, says foraging isn't a free-for-all. You have to give back when you take. Trees need pruning and watering and you should leave enough for others (including the birds and the bees). For more information, especially on the Christchurch red zone, head to plantgang.co.nz.
- Take baskets or bags, secateurs, water and watering can or bottle, smartphone with foraging map and, if you have them, gardening gloves and a stepladder. Wear sturdy, comfortable shoes and clothing.
- Always ask if you are allowed to take produce from a tree on someone's property, unless the owner has specified on a foraging map that you can help yourself.
- Ask if fruit has been sprayed before eating it, or make sure to wash your produce first.