The wealth of springtime is gaining as the herbaceous layer swells, flowers start to open on the trees and shrubs, and fungi emerge across the cavities and crevices of the moist, warming forest. May is the forager’s delight, especially for the bounty of fresh greens that awaken us to the radiance of the season: things like chickweed, stinging nettle, dead nettle, henbit, violet, fiddlehead ferns, and more. From the ground below to the understory at arm’s reach, these are just a sampling of the foods and medicines we can find this time of year.
Whether you are interested in garnering a better understanding of local plant ecology, gaining knowledge about wild edibles or discovering alternative uses for plants through wildcrafting and medicine, join us for our May Forging Walk. Along the way, we will spend time telling stories beyond human use to pay tribute to local ecology and uncover the challenges it faces. We will also emphasize ethical foraging and ways of giving back to the land from which we’re taking–reinforcing how thinking like an ecosystem should guide our practice of gathering wild foods.
Beginners and experienced foragers are welcome.
This class will take place outdoors. Please check the weather in advance and dress accordingly. Be prepared for walking on uneven terrain and potentially muddy conditions.
All programs are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances including inclement weather. Participants will receive an email in the days preceding the program for any changes or cancellations. You can review our current Cancellation and Refund Policy here.
Parking takes place in the field above the farmhouse.
The cost for this program is $25/person. Young children accompanying an adult may attend without charge.
About the Instructor:
Jonathan Darby is dedicated to educating people about the intersection of farming and ecology, to growing tomorrow’s farmers, and to building community resilience in uncertain times. Jonathan is a wild foods enthusiast and educator, former owner and operator of Sterling Farm, and has been active in the local farming community for the past ten years.
Jonathan has been involved at the Horn Farm since 2008 when he volunteered on the committee that conceived and created the Incubator Farm Project. Since then, Jonathan has served the organization in varying capacities for over 15 years, including Farm Manager, Education Director, and even as a member of the Board of Directors. Today, Jonathan serves as Land Manager & Educator. Jonathan received his Permaculture Design Certification in 2011 from Susquehanna Permaculture and in 2014 completed his Permaculture Teacher Training through Dynamic Ecological Design.
York, PA 17406