Some people gather wild plants to eat for survival, others to save 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 our bodies.
On Thursday evening, June 2, you can learn to identify late spring/early summer greens, flowers and other wild edibles at the Audubon Nature Center’s “Edible Audubon – Spring into Summer ” workshop.
At the 6-8 p.m. class, participants will discover how to recognize edible plants and distinguish them from those that may look similar.
After reviewing some basic ground rules and safety considerations about harvesting wild edibles, the class will head outside to identify those growing and blooming in the late spring/early summer.
Also covered will be some popular plants you definitely do not want to eat. Back inside, participants will taste samples and discuss easy ways to make wild plants part their meals.
Instructor Katie Finch is a naturalist at Audubon who has been enthusiastically eating “weeds” for several years.
This class includes a walk up to one mile on flat ground. Remember to dress for the weather.
The fee is $20; $16 for Friends of the Nature Center and children ages 9-15. Paid reservations are required by Tuesday, May 31: Stop by, call (716) 569-2345 during business hours, or use the online form by clicking on “Edible Audubon – Spring into Summer ” at www.jamestownaudubon.org.