Sunday May 8th, 2011 at 2:30 pm - Wild Food in the City

with Amber Westfall in conjunction with Jane's Walk Weekend

Location: Heron Park (Heron and Clover Street)

Tour Summary:A crowd of over 80 people arrived at Heron Park to learn about the common, safe non-toxic weeds and plants that have a long history of use as food and/or medicine in our region.

Amber led the intrepid folks to various habitats; we covered the park field as well as a wooded area nearby. Plants such as dandelion, burdock, creeping ivy, trout lily, nettle and various evergreens were discussed in terms of what season to look for them as well as which parts of the plant to harvest and preparation methods. The focus was on plant identification, their uses and the principles of safe, ethical foraging in an urban environment.
At the end of the tour participants were able to sample a creeping ivy tea as well as a delicious potato nettle soup.

Tour Guide Bio: Amber WestfallTwo summers ago, Amber took a wild edibles course with botanist Martha Webber and has been foraging for wild food in the city ever since. In 2010, she completed a year-long herbal apprenticeship and now wildcrafts, grows and makes her own herbal preparations. Amber is a voracious reader of botanical and herbal literature, and an enthusiastic gardener. She likes to spend as much time as possible outside with plants!

Amber's website for more information on wild edibles: Unstuffed