New York Forage Walks

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                     About the Walks

I approach foraging not as means of survival, but as a cook, imbiber, and kitchen gardener looking for new ingredients and flavors. My emphasis is on both weedy or invasive plants (usually the target of mass-herbicide application), which could easily become commonly eaten and enjoyed vegetables, fruit or herbs, as well as indigenous flora whose unique qualities have been ignored by most cooks. In Forage, Harvest, Feast I offer cultivation tips for growing many of these plants as well as guidelines for responsible harvesting (with hundreds of recipes!).

On forage walks we discuss the do's and don't's of foraging, and we talk about culinary ideas and techniques for unfamiliar ingredients.

All plants - not just edible - 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 different because I keep groups small, personal, and low-impact. I prefer conversation over a stand-and-shout approach. It is not unusual for new friendships to be forged 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 - Design 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 issued up to 5 calendar days before a walk.
Cancellations after 5 days before a walk receive credit towards a future walk.
No-shows and same-day cancellations receive no credit.
Bad-weather cancellations = credit towards any future event.

Soup + Sandwich Waterside Walk - fully booked, sorry!
Bush Terminal, Sunset Park
10 November 2018

Right beside the chilly water of New York Harbor is a relatively new park with spectacular views. Already, good native plant choices - like black chokeberry and fragrant sumac- have succumbed to weeds. Luckily for our purposes, many of these weeds are edible and the park is a beautiful classroom for learning about what is in season.

Ever-generous (er, in  tenaciously invasive) mugwort and lamb's quarters will be the focus of our short walk, and we will talk about all the ways to use these versatile plants. Because autumn's chilly weather with rain also means the rebirth of many perennial spring herbs, we may see a lot of other edible weeds, too.

The warming, wild-inspired picnic will feature hot soup and hand pies!

The nearest (and only) subway is the R to 45th Street, and is a 15 minute walk. There is off-street free parking right at the park's entrance. 

Details and directions will be emailed in the week of the walk.


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    1. Certainly, but not scheduled, yet. If you would like to be added to my mailing list please email me your email address, using the Contact tab up top.


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