Who we are ?
For 20 years we have pioneered wild edibles, introducing them to restaurants and chefs. We won Best British Food Awards in 2018 and Miles Irving published The Forager Handbook the 'go to' Wild Food Bible. Miles teaches the joys of wild food within education and corporate spheres and runs popular foraging courses throughout the year from Chartham .
Why teach kids FORAGING?
Children are our most observant switched on learners aided by their being closer to the ground! In the current climate crisis, the best way to encourage all to care for our living world is to get to know the value of whats around us and how to steward it, especially right on our doorstep. This is WILD FOOD CITIZENSHIP.
Foraging is one of the most
MULTI SENSORY pursuits we can teach, using sight, smell, touch and taste! Children of all ages are thrilled to learn about edible 'FRIENDS & FOES ' in the wild food world. Outdoor Learning is ALIVE LEARNING promoting wellbeing and inspiring awe and wonder of our place within our wonderful world, encouraging us to play a more vital part in it.
What we offer?
Taster Sessions 2 hours
Half Day 3 HOURS
Whole Day 5 HOURS
After School/ Holiday Club Provision
We teach all Key Stages
All staff are fully DRB checked
More information During these sessions, we offer children direct contact with the outdoors by introducing them to wild edible plants. Children (and staff!) meet the plants in several ways: -We introduce and encourage a multi-sensory approach to plant identification. -We emphasise the crucial need to distinguish between edible & poisonous wild plants using humour and melodrama to make this vital point, for example telling them that the Afghan name for Britain’s most poisonous plant, hemlock, is Dead Woman! Once this stage is clearly established we invite the children to taste the plants, which often have familiar flavours such as sour, mushroomy or almondy. -We teach fun ways to prepare these plants for snacks, meals or drinks. -We enrich all the above covering medicinal uses of wild plants eg plantain leaves as plasters. -We share stories, folklore, traditional uses, and the plants ecological role - such as dandelions mining the sub soil to bring minerals up to the surface or marshmallows being made from a close relative to common mallow a plant which we are very likely to find within your school grounds. -We work with children to deepen their awe, wonder and respect of our world, the climate and why it is vital we know about and care for it.