Forage Classes + Walks

Marie Viljoen picking viburnum

Scroll down to see what is on offer, seasonally (although pop up walks are posted to my Instagram page @66squarefeet). Private walks for you or for a group of friends or colleagues are by appointment. 

There has never been a better time to learn about the plants that surround us. We know that walking in nature heals us, and identifying free food is enlightening fun, a constant treasure hunt. A walk can be full of surprises that inform everyday meals with wild and unusual flavors. And learning to identify edible plants also builds a necessary awareness of the connection between the food we eat and how it grows. It is a complex subject, and touches almost every aspect of our lives. 

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Forage, Harvest, Feast cover by Marie Viljoen

Visit my Instagram @66squarefeet to see the seasonal forages I am finding, and to help guide you, if you are new to foraging. There's also my second book, Forage, Harvest, Feast - A Wild-Inspired Cuisine (36-plus plants and 510 recipes) - available at Chelsea Green Publishing, at your nearest bookshop, or, you know, Amazon

About my Walks

I lead plant identification walks in the urban and wild green spaces that surround us. While edible plants are our focus, all plants, and how they fit together, are part of our mobile discussion. Our walk groups are small and low-impact. 

As we walk we learn about two broad categories of edible flora: so-called weeds - generally invasive, or considered useless; and native plants - some of which could, and should, define an authentic regional cuisine. There is nothing more exciting than meeting new flavors, and learning how to use them.

We learn about what parts of plants are safe to eat, and why, and we talk about culinary ideas and techniques for unfamiliar ingredients. We also 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 over-harvest of native wild plants (like ramps) - all tying in to my approach of conservation foraging.

My hope is to help tune the senses to the botanical and natural details at our feet and to see where we live with new eyes. Every part of every season offers a unique opportunity to learn more about the plants that surround us in plain sight, especially in places where we do not expect to find them. These experiences offer us an immersive opportunity to breathe out, and appreciate the world differently. If we pay attention. Call it forage bathing.


Photo by Michael Grimm


Many walks end with a shared, wild-inspired tasting picnic featuring seasonal ingredients. 

                                               Ways to Walk and Talk

Walks may involve hills and steps and rough paths, and require a moderate fitness level. We cover one-to-three miles in two hours. I am happy arrange walks to suit different abilities, and wheelchair-friendly routes are available by prior arrangement.

Public Walks - Scheduled seasonal walks are listed on this page.

Private Walks - For friends, kitchen crews, corporate teams, conservancies.          

Gift Walks - Give a wild foods walk with picnic as a gift. 

Plant Identification - I identify the plants on your land or in your garden.

Talks, Classes - For garden clubs, botanic gardens, conservancies, etc.

Consultation - Garden creation, original recipes, menu design, mixology.

Walk Perks

Frequent Walker Miles - for every five walks you book, the sixth is free. Please keep track and alert me when you're up for a gratis stroll.

Cancellation Policy:

My walks are kept small so cancellations have a big impact.

Walks booked via links to outside institutions (like the New York Botanical Garden or conservancies) have their own cancellation policies, per those institutions. 

For all other walks fees are non-refundable: No refunds or credits will be given for any missed walks. 

If I am notified within one week that the registrant cannot attend, a registration credit in the amount of the original fee will be applied to you to be used for future walk registrations. 

Day-before or day-of cancellations receive no refund, and no credit.


Midsummer Edible Plant Stroll
23 June 2021, 5.30pm - 7.30pm

The nights are short the days are long - let's make the most of them!

The Alley Pond Park Conservancy, at the helm of the second largest park in Queens, is kindly hosting me for an early evening, midsummer walk where we will learn about the wild, the tame, and the escaped edible plants that surround us in the city. Come and walk, and talk, and nibble a wild-inspired snack afterwards. 

Booking and meet-up details are via the Alley Pond Park Conservancy.


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