New York Forage Walks

No public walks June - August. To join my mailing list, please email me. For updates and daily posts visit my Instagram feed @66squarefeet.

Visit this link to pre-order Forage, Harvest, Feast - my new wild foods cookbook. It will be released on August 14th.

About the Walks

I approach foraging not as means of survival, but as a cook and imbiber looking for new ingredients and flavors. With some notable native exceptions, my emphasis is on weedy or invasive plants (usually the target of mass-herbicide application), which could easily become commonly eaten and enjoyed vegetables, fruit or herbs.

Since 2010, through my writing here and in other publications (locally for Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan) and via my walks, I have advocated persistently for creative control of edible invasives by means of collection and consumption: I will be happy when we can routinely find Japanese knotweed on farmers market tables.

The tide of perception has begun to turn: garlic mustard appears on some menus, field garlic is for sale at some farmers markets, and a Union Square farmer is stocking knotweed shoots. If more chefs knew the flavor-potential of many 'weeds,' their menus would be overflowing with them. Mine are.

On wild food walks we discuss the do's and don't's of urban foraging - such as letting sensitive natives be - and we talk about culinary ideas and techniques for unfamiliar ingredients.

All plants are part of our mobile discussion. My goal on each walk is to tune the eye to the green details beneath our feet, so that we see the place where we live with newly appreciative eyes and an expanded sense of context.

My walks are a little different because I keep groups small and low-impact. I prefer personal interaction and conversation over a stand and shout approach. I often learn from the people who attend my walks - fresh eyes and different backgrounds and palates bring interesting perspectives and insight. And it is not unusual for new friendships to be forged between attendees over the course of a walk and a shared, wild-inspired picnic.

Public Walks - Planned walks are listed on this page seasonally.
Pop Ups - Join my mailing list for walks or tastings at short notice.
Private Walks - Personalize your walk. Please email me via the Contact link.
Gift Certificates - Give a wild foods walk as a gift.
Identification - I will identify the wild edibles (and other plants) on your land.
Talks - Book me for tutoring, lectures, tastings, mixology or menu consultation.

My Walk Booking Policy:

Refunds are given with 72 hours' notice of cancellation.
After 72 hours you will receive credit towards a future walk.
Same-day cancellations receive no refund.
No-show, no notice? Doghouse.
Bad-weather cancellations mean credit towards any future event.

Walks and Talks

Evening Ramble, Prospect Park
30 May 2018
5.30PM - 7.30PM

Come and walk through the lush green of late spring, identifying dozens of wild edibles on the way. The woods are fully leafed out and quiet while Brooklyn plays and picnics on the surrounding lawns.

Ground elder (goutweed, bishop weed) is in early bloom. 

Its flowers taste like lovage and carrot tops and are delicious in salad.

We will share a drink and a wild inspired snack before you head off to the rest of your evening (and maybe dinner at wild-to-table Honey Badger, in nearby Prospect Lefferts Gardens).

Closest subway is the Q to Prospect Park.

Brooklyn Shoreline
16 June 2018
11AM - 1.30PM

Come and discover the hidden edibles under our feet and above our heads in this two-mile urban shoreline walk, stretching from the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges all the way south to Van Brunt Street.  

Learn to identify indigenous spices and fruits like bayberry, spicebush, sumac, sweetfern and golden rod, fruit trees such as black cherry and serviceberry, a flock of edible weeds, including delectable white sweet clover, and forgotten vegetables like common milkweed. We will pause for a wild-inspired snack along the way.

Our walk will end at the Gowanus Nursery where we will find some of the plants we have just seen.

Wear comfortable shoes and bring a hat! details will be emailed to you in the week before the walk. Your closest arrival-subway is the F to York Street or the A/C to High Street. The closest departure-subway is the F/G to Carroll garden (15 minute walk from where the walk ends).


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