Have you ever wondered which of the berries that appear in autumn are edible, or what our ancestors might have eaten to see them through a winter in northern England? Could you really collect enough wild food in local woodlands for a whole meal…and would a chocolate covered mushroom taste as weird as it sounds?!
Our foraging courses near Hebden Bridge, Calderdale are a journey through the season and the senses. We focus on getting to know the land and its wild food in a deep, immersive way that makes it easy to continue learning, gathering and cooking at home.
Note: Our 2020 Autumn foraging courses will be going ahead as planned based on current government guidance on Covid-19. To ensure social distancing can be observed, group sizes will be smaller and tutors will demonstrate cooking methods rather than participants preparing food in groups. Read more about this here.
Full Day Foraging Courses including wild feast (10.30-3.30)
Book using the ‘schedule’ below
Learn how to identify the edible plants, berries, nuts, seeds, flowers and mushrooms (season dependant) available and cook a foraged feast over the campfire for lunch. Our full days cover identification, preparation and cooking, associated folklore, and nutritional & medicinal benefits. We also explore the uses of plants & mushrooms for bushcraft purposes such as fire lighting. Our tutors provide tasty wild samples along the way so you can engage all of your senses to get to know the plants and fungi more deeply. You might try traditional preparations such as cordials, vinegars, fruit leathers & tonics, or our more modern creations such as forager’s chocolate and hawthorn ketchup. The day also includes some time for personal reflection and observation in nature.
At lunch time there is a foraged feast- we cook up a range of dishes with wild ingredients to share together.
The cost for a full day is £60 or £50 concession. Handouts, lunch, hot drinks and snacks all included, with vegan and gluten free options available.
Afternoon Foraging Course (12.30-4.00)
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Afternoon courses cover identification, methods of preparation and cooking, associated folklore, and the nutritional & medicinal benefits of the plants and fungi we find. You will be offered tasty wild samples along the way as well invite you to engage all of your senses to get to know the plants and trees more deeply. You might try traditional preparations such as cordials, vinegars, fruit leathers & tonics, or our more modern creations such as forager’s chocolate and hawthorn ketchup. The day also includes some time for personal reflection and observation in nature.
During a break for lunch, the tutors will cook up or prepare some of the wild finds from the day over a fire to share together.
The cost for the course is £35 or £25 concession. This includes a selection of wild food samples and hot drinks. Bring your own packed lunch, we’ll have a break part way through the course to eat together around a campfire.
Foraging Course Tutors
You will be guided through the day by two of our foraging tutors. They are:
Leonie Morris – qualified Bushcraft Instructor & Wild Food Teacher
Miranda Cowan – Ecologist & Environmental Tutor
Sophie Wren- Forager & Wild Food Experimenter
Foraging Course Locations
Knott Wood near Savile Road, Hebden Bridge or Callis Community Garden, Hebden Bridge (details of exact meeting point will be emailed upon booking). Please note, the Knott Wood site has steep paths and uneven ground. Callis is a more easily accessible site, with some uneven ground but mostly flat terrain (although we may venture into nearby woods).
Please email us at email@example.com if you have any access requirements or questions. To book click on the links at the top of the page.