Forage Walks and Events

Fall walks will be posted by mid September.

 To join my mailing list, or if you would like a private walk, please email me. I send out about five mails a year with a new schedule of seasonal walks or events.

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To buy Forage, Harvest, Feast - A Wild-Inspired Cuisine (36-plus plants and 510 recipes), find it at Chelsea Green Publishing, at your nearest bookshop, or, you know, Amazon.

About my Walks

I lead plant walks in the urban or wild green spaces that surround us. While my focus is on edible plants, my goal is to hone the senses to all the botanical details beneath our feet, so that we see the place where we live with an expanded sense of context. And appreciation. Or just plain pleasure. Every season - every month - offers a unique opportunity to learn more about how to notice nature, especially in places where we do not expect to find it. These experiences offer us an immersive opportunity to breathe out, and relax. If we pay attention. Call it forage bathing.

All plants are part of our mobile discussion. We discuss the do's and don't's of foraging, urban and rural pollution issues, sustainability, the relationship between invasive plants and natives, biodiversity, and the real problems of commercial overharvest of native wild plants (like ramps, or the latest big thing on social media), all tying in to my approach of conservation foraging. We learn about what parts of plants are safe to eat, and why. And we talk about culinary ideas and techniques for unfamiliar ingredients.

The walks end with a shared, wild-inspired tasting picnic featuring seasonal ingredients, tailored to your dietary preferences (like vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free).

I keep groups small, personal, and low-impact. It is not unusual for new friendships to be forged over the course of a walk.

Walks require a moderate fitness level and the ability to walk one-to-three miles in two hours. If you need to move more slowly we can arrange a walk for your needs, and wheelchair-friendly walks are also available by prior arrangement.

Ways to Walk and Talk

Public Walks - Walks are listed on this page seasonally, below
Private Walks - From 1 to 15 people, for friends, kitchen crews, corporate teams.
Gift Walks - Give a wild foods walk with picnic as a gift.
Plant Identification and Education - I assess your land or garden.
Talks, Classes, Consultation - I offer lectures, workshops, tastings, mixology and menu creation, specialising in wild and unfamiliar flavors.

Walk Perks

Frequent Walker Miles - for every five walks you book, the sixth is free.

Cancellation Policy 

Refunds at my discretion.
Credit is issued for cancellations up to three days before a walk.
For cancellations after three days you are welcome to send a guest in your place.
Bad-weather cancellations mean credit towards any future walk.

Fall Class + Walk Schedule 

Native Edible Plants
New York Botanical Garden
5 October, 2pm - 5pm
$79 members, $85 non-members

The NYBG's gorgeous Native Garden and nearby Thain Family Forest offer a perfect opportunity to discover the native edible plants of the Northeast. Aronia, bayberry, cattail, common milkweed, ostrich fern fiddleheads, juniper, magnolia, serviceberry, spicebush and sweetfern will be under our culinary microscope. This class is divided between the classroom and the landscape and we will share a wild-inspired drink and snack featuring the flavors we have just encountered.

Please book via the NYBG


Columbus Day Origins and Consequences
Prospect Park
13 October, 11am - 1.30pm

Once upon a time Columbus discovered America.  Except it was here all the time. Filled with indigenous peoples and plants. In the wake of European settlement new plants appeared, and began to alter the landscape. 

Use this day-before-the-federal holiday to come and meet and celebrate the delicious native plants of the Northeast, learn some of the traditional ways of using them, and discover the exotic and useful plants that have naturalized here. We will taste them all in our picnic... 

There any even be a food fight.

Fall Ramble
Central Park
2 November, 12.30pm - 3pm

Daylight savings kicks in tomorrow (why, oh why?), so we all need some cheering up ahead of the long, dark afternoons. In the forests of Central Park come and meet the fall iterations of all the edible plants I love. Plant identification is about recognizing plants in all seasons and stages of growth. Sometimes fall also brings a resurgence of the tender greens we typically associate with spring; long nights, cooler days bring them back to brief life.

Our picnic will crackle and hum with fall flavor, and soothe with warm soup.

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