‘Easy Edibles’ foraging workshop

Date(s) - Thursday, Jun 23, 2016
9:15 am - 11:15 am

Audubon Center & Sanctuary


The Audubon Nature Center will present “Easy Edibles”  from 9:15-11:15 a.m. Thursday, June 23 at the center,  1600 Riverside Rd., one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, NY, and Warren, PA.

You can learn about easy-to-find and easy-to-identify wild edible plants in this workshop for beginning foragers.

In addition to saving on the grocery bill, foraging can also be a wonderful way to spend time outside, learn plant identification, try new foods and strengthen your connection to the earth and the food it produces to nourish us.

At the workshop, you can learn how to recognize edible plants and distinguish them from those that may look similar.

After indoor class time covering basic rules and safety considerations about harvesting wild edibles, the group will go outdoors to identify a few edibles growing in easily accessed locations like lawns and gardens. There will also be information about plants you definitely do not want to eat.

Returning indoors, participants can taste some samples and discuss easy ways to make wild plants part of your meal.

Instructor Katie Finch is a naturalist at the Nature Center who has been eating “weeds” for several years.

Remember to dress for the weather. Consider using insect repellent. If you have a camera or phone that takes pictures, bring it along to take snapshots of plants as a way to remember.

Class size is limited. The fee is $12 for the public or $9 for Friends of the Nature Center and children ages 9-15.

Paid reservations are required by Monday, June 20. Register online or call (716) 569-2345.

This is part of the Coffee Shop Series. The programs encourage interactive discussion around a nature-based topic or activity. Participants experience and learn together. Coffee, tea and snacks will be provided.

The other June Coffee Shop programs are “Nature Tangles” on Tuesday, June 21, and “Creating Nature Play Areas in Your Yard” on Wednesday, June 22. Details on those and the August Coffee Shop Series are at the Program Listing at www.jamestownaudubon.org.