Forage Walks and Events

Winter walks will be posted by mid November.

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

Winter Walk Schedule 

21 November 12pm - 2pm 
Fort Tilden Shoreline (Beach Club end) 

 You know me. Always dragging you on adventures to strange, empty places in the city of millions. Here is a pop-up walk this Thursday at Fort Tilden, inspired by a briefly mild forecast. But bundle up, regardless.

We will walk along the deserted roads of this beach-side decommissioned missile launch site, perusing the aromatic and invasive mugwort, admiring the hardy bayberry, whose leaves will infuse our warm toddies, and learning to tell the difference between poison ivy berries and bittersweet.

Sour sumac will be petrified in place and we may still find some autumn olives, if the birds have left them (and yes, we will return to this wonderful walk in spring - the contrast is amazing). We will discuss the culinary pleasures of pine cones.

Post ramble, we will picnic. Hot toddies, hot soup, and tidbits (like autumn olive jam on fresh biscuits) from the shoreline world of pre-Thanksgiving.

This walk is best reached by car, because we will be starting from the parking lot near the Silver Gull Beach Club (also one of this city's many weirdnesses) that is permit-only in summer. I can offer a ride for three people from Brooklyn. Post ramble, we will picnic. Hot toddies, hot soup, and tidbits (like autumn olive jam on fresh biscuits) from the shoreline world of pre-Thanksgiving.

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