Forage Walks and Classes

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. All walks are booked through this page - please scroll down to see the current season's list.

For daily posts visit my Instagram feed @66squarefeet.

About my Walks

Every season I lead walks in the green spaces that surround us. While my focus is on edible plants, my goal on these walks is to hone the senses to all the botanical details beneath our feet, so that we see the place where we live with newly appreciative eyes and an expanded sense of context. 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 are not limited to plants, either - our parks and wild areas, even our local city blocks - offer us an immersive opportunity to breathe out, and relax. If we pay attention. Call it forage bathing.

All plants - not just edible - are part of our mobile discussion. We discuss the do's and don't's of foraging, like sustainability, the imbalance between invasive plants and natives, and the real problems of commercial overharvest of native wild plants, 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.

My walks are different because I keep groups small, personal, and low-impact. It is not unusual for new friendships to be forged over the course of a walk. And we always end with a shared, wild-inspired tasting picnic featuring several courses of seasonal ingredients, tailored to your dietary preferences (like vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free).

Although the field identification of plants is a useful skill, I approach foraging not as means of survival, but as a cook, mixologist, and kitchen gardener looking for new and delicious ingredients and flavors. My emphasis is twofold: on edible invasive plants ("weeds" - usually the target of mass-herbicide application), which are often foods in diverse cultures; and on native plants whose unique edible qualities are largely unknown to most people.

Ways to Walk and Talk

Walks require a moderate fitness level and the ability to walk one-to-three miles in two hours.

Public Walks - Walks are listed on this page seasonally.
Private Walks* - From 1 to 15 people, for friends, corporate teams, etc.
Gift Walks - Give a wild foods walk as a gift.
Plant Identification - I assess your land, and give a culinary potential assessment.
Talks - Book me for tutoring, lectures, tastings, mixology or menu consultation.

* Wheelchair-friendly walks available by prior arrangement.

Walk Perks

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

Cancellation Policy

Credit is issued for a cancellation up to 72 hours before the walk.
After 72 hours you are welcome to send a guest in your place.
No show, no notice? No credit. Into the doghouse you go.
Bad-weather cancellations = credit towards any future walk.

Upcoming Events

Earth Day Ramble
Alley Pond Park Environmental Center
22 April 2019
5pm - 6.30pm

Come and celebrate Earth Day in the city with a ramble on the edge of the Long Island Sound in Queens. Alley Pond Park's Environmental Center is very community-engaged, and is sponsoring this walk: the tickets are an affordable $10.

We will meet a flock of interesting plants, from ornamental trees like magnolia and crabapple, to native spring ephemerals, to edible weeds. Trout lilies and horsetail share this habitat with thuggish garlic mustard and Japanese knotweed. Join me for some creative weeding!

Booking is via the Alley Pond Environmental Center.

Yes! There will be a wild snack.


Forage Harvest Feast Fling
Stone Acres Farm, Stonington, CT
26 April 2019
6.30pm - 9.30pm
$118 (1 person) - $194 (2 people)

Chef James Wayman (Oyster Club, Engine Room, and Grass and Bone) is the visionary behind the farm to table, field to table, and sea to table movement in New England, where he is literally shaping the food scene, bringing local and ethical fare to local tables. He is a real food hero and I am thrilled to be cohosting this spring fling with him, where we will offer fire, flights of cocktails, and foraged food from the surrounding spring fields and sea. And a copy of Forage, Harvest, Feast, of course! If you'd like to make a weekend of it, stay over and come foraging with me the next day, too - see the next listing for Stone Acres. (This is a gorgeous part of the world and the shoreline, oysters and outstanding restaurants are worth the trip, even if you can't make this date.)

Please book here


Cooking a Wild New England Spring
Stone Acres Farm, Stonington, CT
27th April 2019
10am - 2pm

Join me on a foraging and culinary adventure as we walk through the natural lands at Stone Acres Farm to forage for spring treasures and tour the farm. As we walk and talk we will consider the contrast of wild versus cultivated edible plants, and weeds versus indigenous flora, before heading back to the Yellow Farmhouse to prepare a delicious lunch and light cocktail with our foraged and harvested treasures.

Please book here, at the Yellow Farmhouse.


Midweek May Day
Dead Horse Bay
1 May 2019
12pm - 3pm

Workers of the city, rise up from your desks and walk out into the dandelion wilds! Dead Horse Bay is alive with spring things, including carpets of dandelions and purple dead nettle and violets. We will explore the grassy paths before finding ourselves on the beach, where the famous bottles and bits of vintage detritus clink as the baby waves wash over them. This weird urban habitat feels very wild and shows us everything from invasive and delicious edible weeds to shoreline natives whose flavors sing of the Northeast. We will enjoy them all in our wild-isnpired picnic.

Dead Horse Bay is accessible by subway or bus, and there is parking across the road at Floyd Bennet Field.

Details will be emailed to you in the week of the walk.


Mt. Loretto Walk
Staten Island
5 May 2019 
12.30pm - 3.30pm 

Staten Island is the quiet botanical jewel in New York City's crown. Come and explore beautiful Mt. Loretto Unique Area, whose habitats range from dense woodland, wetland, and seashore, with grassland inbetween. Each part of the park is home to plants adapted to these different environments, and we will meet greenbriar and tender forest leaves, field garlic and plantain, dandelions and dogbane, milkweed and mugwort, along with many other interesting plants.

This is an otherworldly holiday in the middle of the city. You will never think of Staten Island in the same way again.

If you are using public transport the park can be reached via ferry and then the Staten Island Railway (SIR) to Richmond Valley. There are also local buses. Otherwise car, car rental, or ride sharing with friends. I can provide a ride for three people, from Windsor Terrace.

Meet up details will be emailed to you in the week of the walk.


Inwood Spring Fling
18 May 2019
12pm - 3pm

In mid May beautiful Inwood Hill Park is bursting at the seams with edible spring things. We will walk in the leafy woods, beginning in the valley of spicebush before cresting a ridge where nettles and pokeweed share the woodlands with garlic mustard and field garlic. We will find late season Japanese knotweed tips, lovage-like ground elder, and native blueberry bushes in bloom.

This is a walk that covers a lot of ground, with hills, solitude, silence, a roaring highway (we pass underneath, leaving it behind), the Hudson River and a beautiful bridge. We recover from this all with a picnic beside the water.

The nearest subway is the A to 207th Street.

Details will be emailed to you the week of the walk.

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