Our Autumn Forage will centre around the abundant edible wild plant foods which emerge at this time. Wild plants- whether herbs, shrubs or trees- have all reached their peak, producing fruit or seeds, many of which have fallen to the ground along with autumn leaves. These leaves fuel the growth of various fungi which feed on them. At the same time, leafy green plants have a kind of second spring now, providing an abundance of salads, greens and herbs.
Many of these plants are abundant and easy to find pretty much anywhere people live. So our focus will be on finding, identifying, gathering and preparing these more widespread species which can easily be gathered from your own neighbourhood. The aim of the day is to give you practical skills you can apply back at your own home, so that you can make these wild plants part of your diet and your daily routine.
During the day we will stop several times to prepare and/or cook what we find. We can then all tuck into and discuss the small dishes made during these simple cooking demonstrations. Again the idea is to teach simple preparation methods and recipes which you can apply at home so that you can include wild plants that grow near you home in your daily meals.
Most of our day will be spent quite close to the farm building which is our premises- we wont be hiking for long distances into so called wild or wilderness places. What I hope to communicate is that wildness is everywhere in the form of the edible wild plants often considered as weeds and that you can become part of the wild cycles of life- and make them part of you by gathering and eating the plants growing near where you live!
September 5th 2021
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October 10th 2021
November 14th 2021
Details: 11am - 4pm | £90 per person | Meeting at Forager Map
Learn about foraging and the uses of wild foods online! Start whenever you like and get expert guidance in foraging, preparing wild foods, their health benefits, and the main characteristics of plants which you can use to find edible plants - anywhere in the world!
In the first lesson, Miles debunks the myth that foraging requires access to wild places. He will demonstrate the richness and diversity of edible plant life available on your doorstep. You will be introduced to the huge variety of wild food available in various habitats, including disturbed ground and managed grass areas. You will learn how to identify edible plants, how to gather them and work them into your own recipes.
About Miles Irving
Foraging expert Miles Irving has been writing, speaking and teaching on the topic of wild food for over fifteen years. His book The Forager Handbook was published by Ebury Press in 2009 and is considered to be one of the 'must-haves' for budding and experienced foragers alike.
He is the founder and director of Forager Ltd, and the host of the WorldWild Podcast connecting foragers, foodies, and philosophers from around the world. His travels in the world of wild food and in search of further knowledge have taken him to the depths of the Brazilian Amazon and the outback with indigenous communities in Australia.
Miles has led foraging workshops at Kew Gardens, the MAD symposium (organised by NOMA in Denmark) and for many of the top restaurants across the country (Dinner by Heston, Hix group, Restaurant Flat Three to name a few). He has been featured in the BBC 4 Food Programme, The Telegraph, Guardian Food Monthly, The Financial Times, at the Biohacker Summit, and is regularly sought out for his wisdom on a wide range of current ecological issues pertaining to our place as humans in the wild and the emerging future of food production and supply.