- Edible Plant Walk
Find out what Mother Nature has to offer as we look for edible, medicinal, and otherwise useful plants and mushrooms on the Discovery Center trails. The walk will be leisurely, but participants need to be able to handle uneven, shrubby or muddy ground, as we may leave the trail to search for these plants. Sponsored by the Friends of Eddy Discovery Center, $3 donation requested.
- 6th Annual Great Lakes Foragers Gathering
The Great Lakes Foragers Gathering is the largest annual gathering of wild food enthusiasts in the Great Lakes region. You can look forward to a variety of classes and workshops covering foraging, cooking with wild foods, and other traditional skills. Plus you will have the opportunity to sample amazing wild food dishes at every meal. And, of course, we will continue our tradition of creating great memories, making new friends, and building a strong community. There will be edible and medicinal plant and mushroom walks, and classes on a wide range of topics including cooking with with foods, herbal medicine, plant and mushrooms ID, wilderness skills, and much more. And this year we are adding kids classes to our agenda! But this event is much more than just walks and classes. This is a community. So we will also have group foraging, a barter, a potluck, a wild foods cooking contest, story telling, open mic, and group projects. We encourage everyone to participate in any or all of these. So bring your foraging basket, stuff to trade, a dish to pass or an cooking contest entry, your favorite foraging story, and your talent for open mic. For a more detailed schedule, go to http://willforageforfood.com/index.php/6th-annual-great-lakes-foragers-gathering/ We have booked several top notch teachers this year. Sam Thayer, Forager’s Harvest Adam Haritan, Learn Your Land Jim McDonald, Herbcraft Rachel Mifsud and Minjung Godfrey, Will Forage for Food Clay Bowers, NoMI Forager Tracy Apperson, Sparrow Rose Soap & Herbs (and Indiana Bushcrafters on FB) Nathan Wright, Herbal Lodge Roger Labine (Rice camp), Sean Zera (Ecology), Jeremy Siegert (Ethics and Sustainability) George Hedgepeth, Madelyn Walters, Coleen Peria, Kristin Giesting, and Michael Hood (Wild foods cooking/Campfire cooking) And more! We are still adding instructors to our schedule. Check http://willforageforfood.com/index.php/6th-annual-great-lakes-foragers-gathering/ for updates. The field can accomodate just about anything, even the biggest, fanciest glampers. Or, if you prefer, you can sleep on the grass by the campfire. Or anything in between. (Note: there will be a place for charging phones, but this is not a campground. So there is no electricity or dump station for RVs.) To keep costs low, we do not hire anyone to cook for us. Instead, we will provide the staple ingredients for breakfasts and dinners, and meals will be prepared by the community. If you are on a limited diet or are a picky eater, you should probably plan to supply most of your own food. Just in case. Cost: These are early bird prices. On 5/1, prices will increase by 10%. Weekend Pass: All event activities and group meals, plus a place to hang a hammock, pitch a tent, or park your camper, $125 individual (14 and over), $225 couple, $300 (2 adults plus kids) Day pass: includes group meals, $50 Additional Information and registration at http://willforageforfood.com/index.php/6th-annual-great-lakes-foragers-gathering/ We do expect to sell out, so don't wait until the very last minute to register.