Foraging is the act of finding and gathering wild food and medicine - but it is so much more. This course is an invitation to rekindle our age-old relationships with the land beneath our feet - to develop the skills, knowledge, and practices that are a critical part of our sense of place. Through this work, we can provide ourselves with healthy, FREE food and medicine, become more self-reliant, and connect on a deeper level to the landscape in which we live.
This weekend-long session will provide foundational knowledge for those interested in beginning (or deepening) their path towards building a relationship with the land, incorporating wild plants into their everyday life, and gaining the knowledge to confidently share with others. Expect a diverse array of lecture, conversation, general plant walks, hands-on exercises, and the opportunity for plenty of tasting of both raw and prepared wild foods.
Topics covered will include:
- Safe practices
- Ethical considerations
- Basic botany including: terminology, plant parts, and plant families
- Plant observation and identification
- Understanding and using plant keys
- Culinary uses - Harvesting, preparation, cooking and tasting
- Utilitarian uses - making natural plant cordage
What to bring:
- Notebook - For taking notes and doing illustration. Lined and unlined may be helpful.
- Foraging tool if you have them (No need to purchase if not): Pocket knife (non-serrated), scissors, gloves, bags or basket. We’ll cover tools in our first class, if you need recommendations. There will be extras to loan if needed.
- Field guide if you have one you use already (No need to purchase if not)
- Water bottle
- Lunch/Snack - Each day will include a short lunch break
Dress for the weather - We’ll be outside for both classes, rain or shine. Expect to do a fair amount of walking on potentially muddy or uneven ground.
Class will meet on both Saturday, October 21st and Sunday, October 22nd from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM. Price of the class includes both 6-hour days of instruction.
Register early, class size is limited.
About the Instructor:
This course is being led by Jonathan Darby. Jonathan is the owner/operator of the Wallicks Farm Project, Riverbend Foraging, and co-owner of Riverbend Comics. Jonathan is a farmer, wild foods enthusiast, and educator. He is a certified permaculture designer and teacher and serves on the Board of Directors for the Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education.
Health and Safety
*For questions regarding cancellation, please visit our website.
*The Horn Farm Center is offering on-site educational programming with some modifications due to COVID-19. Multiple hand sanitizer stations are available. We will adjust as needed as time passes and things change. In order to ensure the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff, the Horn Farm Center is following current CDC Guidelines. Please contact us at email@example.com for questions or concerns.
*Parking is along the field above the farmhouse.
*All programs are subject to change based on unforeseen circumstances including inclement weather. Participants will receive an email and phone call if there are any program changes or cancellations. Thank you for supporting regenerative farming and educational programs at the Horn Farm Center.
|Class Fee for 2 Day Intensive