WILD FOOD SCHOOL - Courses, 2017 (Jan., 2017)

Wild Food School courses run 12 months of the year, and not just at weekends. However, in 2017 there's a change to the previous format of working... in that there is NO 'calendar' schedule and sessions are by prior arrangement - mainly from March through July. If you are interested in one of the courses below, and have a date in mind, get in contact. If space and time is available then the course can take place.

To book on a course, or for more details, please e-mail or call 01208 873788. Some recommended places to stay and eat nearby.

There's a maximum of 5 places on any course so booking is essential. Day courses start at 9.30 and end around 5.00 pm.



WHICH COURSE IS FOR YOU?

INTRODUCTORY SESSIONS: Designed for folks curious about Britain's wild foods, but who have little or no experience and wish to know more. Very much the first foot on the ladder in exploring the edible wild. These are half day sessions. Cost: £35 pp.

STARTER DAY: These follow on from the Introductory courses and combine both an introduction to various edible wild plants and then cooking some foraged items. Full day sessions. Cost: £70 pp.

INTERMEDIATE: Designed for anyone who has a reasonable basic knowledge of a few common edible wild greens but wants to extend their knowledge of more plants and cooking with them. Full day sessions. Cost: £75 pp.

ADVANCED: Aimed at folks who know a good number of edible wild plants and who may wish to explore more unusual plants and their cooking and food potential. For example, preparing and using acorns, handling some of the toxic plants, or exploring the full potential of foraged greens such as the bulrush (Reedmace)... Potentially experimenting on the edge. Full day sessions. Cost: £80 pp.

WEEKEND COURSES: Immersive sessions that adapt to the skills or interest levels of participants, so that everyone participating gets the best out of their time. Cost: £150 pp.

3-DAY & 4-DAY COURSES: aimed at folks with some, or a little basic, knowledge of foraging (but entirely adaptable) and providing a longer time to absorb information in much greater detail [anywhere between 40 to 90+ plants depending on the season and seasonal changes]. PoA

SEAWEED & COASTAL MORNING: A trip down down to the coast to look at some edible sea-weeds (plus other edible wild plants that you'll find in coastal areas) and what shorelines generally have to offer foragers. Price: £35.

WFS URBAN FORAGING DAYS / TALKS What would you do if someone switched off your local supermarket? Would you be able to identify something to eat among the weeds in your garden, local park or open space?

WFS courses on Urban Foraging concentrate on the most likely edible wild plant species to be found in Britain's urban and metropolitan areas. Although urban areas can be hard hunting grounds, naturally growing wild food does exist if you know where to look and what to look for. In the Urban Foraging course you will cover around 30+ plants (depends on season changes and time of year), plus a few more of the 160 or more edible wild plants available in the wider countryside, and be able to try a few out for yourself. Full day sessions. Cost: £75 pp.

FORAGING FOTOGRAPHER course: More details will be found elsewhere on the website regarding what's involved. The sessions are slated in upon request rather than being at set dates. Starting at £85 pp.

DOOMSDAY / DISASTER SURVIVAL COURSES: In the course schedule these sessions are labelled as a SURVIVAL SUNDAY. An outline of the session contents will be found via the website Homepage. Cost: £80 pp.

SERE Days Associated aspects of foraged wild foods suitable for SERE scenarios - extending work with DSTO to wider AF community. Restricted to serving personnel. Dates according to your own schedules, or fitted into weekends as required.

Precise content of all courses will vary because of the seasons and what is available to forage or harvest at the time. However, courses can also be varied to match the food preferences of participants; whether it is for more practical survival skills, to learn how to turn edible wild plants into more traditional dishes, or for exploring ethnobotanical interests. The very nature of the edible wild foods also demands flexibility and so experimentation on full day, weekend and week courses is encouraged.

Day, and particularly Weekend and Week courses, include field trips in hilly country so adequate footwear and level of fitness are essential.

To book on a course, or for more details, please e-mail or call 01208 873788.

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