Step into nature to discover a world full of wild, edible plants. Focusing on abundant, delicious & nutritious edible weeds & commonly found plants, you’ll leave this workshop eager to forage in your own backyard & neighborhood.
We’ll take a wander around my gardens to find, identify, taste & discuss edible plants growing freely & abundantly. You will learn:
~ the basic principles of sustainable & ethical foraging & wild harvesting
~ the botanical names of plants as well as their multiple common names
~ how to confidently identify 10-20 wild plants, with lots of details about lookalikes & toxic plants to avoid
~ nutritional & medicinal properties of each plant, including how to prepare simple healing remedies at home
~ how to prepare each plant for maximum nutrition & flavor, we’ll discuss simple recipes & tips for cooking each plant
~ the folklore & hisotry of each plant, how our ancestors foraged for & ate what we now call ‘weeds’. Many of these fascinating & often funny stories help us to connect with the plants, our ancestors and allow us to remember each plant better.
You’ll leave feeling empowered with the knowledge needed to build better local food resilience & food security. You can skip going to the supermarket after this workshop, instead gathering your own wild greens for dinner.
We’ll start with a cup of herbal tea, and end the session by enjoying a wildly delicious snack made with seasonally available wild ingredients. This varies with the seasons but could include a wild salad, weedy pesto, pickled greens, a herb infused butter etc.
Class sizes are limited to allow lots of space for your questions, so book early to avoid missing out. After booking you’ll be sent an email with exact location & further details for the workshop.
Please note that no refunds will be given for change of mind or your own calendar conflicts. If the workshop needs to be postponed due to (terrible) weather, we'll work together to find a new date.
Read the amazing reviews below or on facebook @homegrownbotanica
A little bit about my garden:
I've lived in this property/on this land for over 6 years, and from the day I arrived I've been planting cuttings, seeds & plants: fruit, vege, medicinal herbs, wildflowers, spring bulbs etc. Lately I've given more space to the wild weeds that spring up, creating quite a magical garden space, overflowing with food, beauty & wonder.
We recently built a composting toilet, added a caravan sleepout, and regularly enjoy nights around the firepit.
I'm a strong believer that it's possible to grow a LOT of your own food on a small urban plot, without moving to the middle of nowhere, away from your community and relying on petrol to get around. My garden is a great wee insight into what is possible in a small urban space (we're on 1/3 acre in Raumati South).
Step into this magical wonderland with me, as we wander around discussing all the edible weeds which you are very likely have growing in your own backyard or local neighborhood.
Felicity was a knowledgeable guide on how to find, collect, and eat 'weeds'. Most valuable to me was the key identifying features so we could be sure what we were gathering was the real deal, and what was the most likely things they could be confused with. It was helpful to hear the stories about the plants to help the knowledge stick. There was a scrumptious salad to eat at the end, and I could feel my body crying 'I can feel this doing me good!' as I ate. So good! Felicity has a lovely way about her that made all of the participants comfortable about asking questions. Recommend attending if you feel you need some hand-holding to feel brave enough to eat something not from the garden or shop. I'm hoping she'll do another with different plants so I can expand my knowledge.
Loved this workshop, Felicity is so passionate and knowledgeable, it made for a great Saturday morning.
It was fantastic, Felicity was really informative, a beautiful couple of hours in her garden getting an understanding of what weeds are edible and how they add nutrition to your body. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge
Felicity was great very informative and engaging.
I learned a lot about foraging and have started the practical journey. Very interesting and informative. Thank you Felicity.