- 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.
- Edible Plant Walk
This will be a leisurely walks to look for edible, medicinal, and otherwise useful plants and mushrooms that are ready for harvest. It's a pretty slow pace, we typically don't travel more than about half a mile. But we rarely stick directly to the trails. So dress to be on uneven ground, dirt, grass, and maybe even get into the weeds and mud a bit. The walks can accommodate slower moving individuals, as long as you can handle the terrain. We typically discuss around 12-15 plants. The primary focus will be foraging for food items; however, other wild goods such as medicines and hygiene products will also be discussed. Cost: $20
- Urban Plant Walk (Detroit)
Wayne State University has a unique landscape with Michigan native plants and an edible garden. We will walk around the campus to identify some common and not so common plants found in the city. We will meet in front of the Biological Science Building (on Warren Ave. and Second Ave.). Parking on Second Ave. between Warren Ave. and Forest Ave. is free. Parking on Hancock St. is also free. Otherwise, there are metered street parkings are available along Warren Ave. and Anthony Wayne Dr. Where: Wayne State University (Biological Science Building) When: June 27 (Thursday) 4 to 5:30 pm Instructor: Minjung Godfrey [masked]) Price: $15 (12 and younger free) Pre-registration: https://squareup.com/store/will-forage-for-food/item/urban-plant-walk
- Edible Plant Walk
This will be a leisurely walks to look for edible, medicinal, and otherwise useful plants and mushrooms that are ready for harvest. It's a pretty slow pace, we typically don't travel more than about half a mile. But we rarely stick directly to the trails. So dress to be on uneven ground, dirt, grass, and maybe even get into the weeds and mud a bit. The walks can accommodate slower moving individuals, as long as you can handle the terrain. We typically discuss around 12-15 plants. The primary focus will be foraging for food items; however, other wild goods such as medicines and hygiene products will also be discussed. Cost: $15 We will have a BYO picnic lunch from noon till 1:00 and I will have some wild foods for you guys to taste.
- Forage and Buschcraft Camp
Fire, food, water, shelter... Do you wish you could live off the land when you camp? This camp will introduce you to several essential forgaging and campfire cooking skills. You will also learn several bushcraft skills. We will set up a camp and kitchen using foraged materials. You will learn to build and maintain a cook fire, and properly use that fire to make delicious meals. We will forage for food and water, and all meals will include foods that we Harvest as a group. Each day will also include important Bushcraft skills such as shelter building, friction fire, cordage, and some basic first aid and knife skills. And, of course, there will be time to relax in the hammock, and tell stories around the campfire. For details and registration information go to http://willforageforfood.com/index.php/classes/forage-and-feast-camp/ This camp is limited to 12 participants and is being posted in multiple locations. You must register and pay to hold your spot. Location is near Kalkaska and will be provided after regisrtation.