Wild Food School ®

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Lostwithiel, Cornwall



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Wild Foods have become all the rage, but have you ever eaten nettles? Well nettles have been part of the human food chain for centuries, possibly millennia. And what about one of the edible thistles?

Well with a Wild Food School course you can discover what lies behind 'wild foods' and tell your friends that you've become a wild food gourmet - eating those edible weeds chickweed and bulrush, and know all about finding and cooking food from the wild. If that's the sort of thing that tweaks an inspirational chord, then Wild Food School courses are probably the sort of thing that will capture your imagination...

Perhaps you're looking to cut down on those supermarket bills, or a chef seeking new imaginative flavour-texture twists, or one of that rare breed of survival professionals looking for the edge. Maybe you are just plain curious to try a cup of dandelion coffee (actually, it's extremely good)? WFS courses have something for everyone. Check the course schedules to the right, e-mail, or call 01208 873788.


Wild Food School courses offer 2-day, day and half-day sessions [link top right] where students can gain hands-on experience in identifying and using some 50 to 90+ [depending on season] of Britain's edible wild plants, and do so in an informal learning environment. There are also guided walks on the subject for external clients. A Distance Learning programme is also available which may be of more benefit to folks who don't have the time to visit. Further details opposite, right.

WFS courses were started by the author of a series of ground-breaking wild food cookbooks that re-wrote the rules about using wild foods as 'food', and which were written as a way of helping people discover this unfamiliar corner of the food world; a world which can be rather daunting until one becomes familiar with the plants and their physical characteristics and cooking qualities. MORE BACKGROUND


While some survival schools and herbal 'hobbyists' may offer you wild food courses - a number quietly gaining their expertise via Wild Food School - WFS is the only full-time, 12/12, operation of its kind in the UK and is not supported by supplementary activities. Beware kitchen-sink and pretend foraging experts who have learned only from books - they can damage your health.

Ethnobotanist-Forager Marcus Harrison, who runs WFS courses, has had an interest in wild foods for over 35 years. He has an absolutely instinctive understanding of the English countryside, having been brought up on a farm till his late teens - the sort of life experience that you don't get from college degrees or reading books - and retained an interest in a family farm until relatively recently. He has given regular talks on wild foods at the Eden Project, plus talks at the Natural History Museum (last in October, 2013), for the National Trust, Slow Food movement, Port Eliot LitFest among others, and also works with food professionals keen to develop creative new food concepts based around wild foods. Some of his work has appeared in a United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) publication (Spring, 2013).


When not teaching there's the pure research side (both historical and technical) to undertake and which provides an immense breadth of expertise virtually unavailable elsewhere and routinely feeds back into the courses, keeping them fresh and up-to-date. It also provides time to develop ideas such as the WFS Historic E-Texts CD-ROMs (see 'books' link to right) and Wild Food Wisdom eBook series.

Hands-on courses are based around the ancient town of Lostwithiel and provide students with a totally immersive experience - from learning to the identify plants, to preparing and cooking them. Each session is almost 'individual'; tailored to what is seasonally available and to the preferences of those attending... survival food, ethno-botany, just starting with foraging, or how to use wild greens and edible weeds in more traditional styles.

Courses inevitably include a 'forage' or walk in the local countryside, so sturdy shoes are necessary.

Prices: Day and Introductory courses - £30-85 pp. / W/E & 2-day courses - £140 pp

For more information, or to organise your place on one of the wild food courses, drop an e-mail while you're here, or telephone 01208 873788.


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Just occasionally one wonders if the world out there cares about wild foods, but then E-responses such as the following put all the work put into the books, courses, and background research activities into perspective:

'Thank you for a truly excellent day; I have taken away a number of new things to try, and try them out I shall ! Dandelion coffee and sorrel dessert are definitely on the menu. I will be in touch for a follow up next year. Thank you again. I will recommend you far and wide. It was the perfect Birthday present.' JF

"You recently hosted my mum and dad on one of your day courses and I would like to provide you with some feedback from them. They had an absolutely great day with you and learn't a lot about wild food, but also about the history of the food. They were very grateful for the experience and have not stopped talking about it when they call me here in Oz!" AF, OZ.

"Thank you for a very informative weekend, great food!" G.

"Your books have been a treasured source of inspiration for me!" JS, Cambs.

"Just a short note to say thanks very much for the excellent course material for the home study course. It really is first class and has answered all my questions regarding 'Wild Food' ". JP, Glos.

"Awesome CD! I am really impressed. I look forward to ordering the next one.". RL, Surrey.

"I already have a reasonable knowledge of plants for food and medicinal uses, but found the recipes incredibly useful! I shall be trying some over the next few weeks." KW, Suffolk.


Make your Wild Food School visit part of a longer stay in Cornwall, Britain's most popular holiday destination. Picturesque Lostwithiel, with its old castle, straddles the magical River Fowey [try your hand at fishing its waters], and is a local centre for the antiques trade. Lostwithiel is on the London to Penzance railway line, and National Express coaches have a service passing through the town. Trains run from nearby St. Austell to Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham and Wales, and even Dundee. Also nearby there is the world-famous Eden Project, while Cornwall's coastlines offer lots of possibilities for exhilarating walks and windsurfing, and there are many famous formal gardens such as nearby Lanhydrock, and the Lost Gardens of Heligan. WFS courses also make an unusual gift idea for that person who already has everything.

For bookings or more details please e-mail or call 01208 873788.

Edible weeds - Your hedgerow ingredients wild greens soup
Edible weeds - ingredients to use at will... and soup with alexanders & lesser celandine.


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