Upcoming Foraging Tours, Classes & Events with Leda

Photo: Stefano Giovannini

Photo: Stefano Giovannini

Want a foraging tour, food preservation or locavore workshop for you and your friends, or for your local organization? Please contact me to figure out the details!

Growing Food in the Shade for Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Sunday April 6, 2014 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Think you can’t grow edibles because you have a shady garden? Think again! There are plenty of delicious and unusual plants that thrive in woodland conditions. Learn which plants grow best in partial to full shade and how to care for them from planting to harvest.

Ethnobotany of Our Native Flora for the New York Botanical Garden

Wednesdays, 4/9 and 4/16, 2014 10am - 12pm

From spicebush to wild ginger, sassafras to trillium, our region is rich in culinary and medicinal plants largely neglected in contemporary use. Learn the historical use of these plants by Native Americans, the Shakers, and other settlers. Plant identification and uses as well as sustainable harvesting techniques will be covered. Dress for the weather.

Herbs, Herb Gardens, and Herbalism for the New York Botanical Garden

Thursdays, April 10 and 17 10am - 1pm

Study the history of herbalism and herb garden design. Take an in-depth look at some of the most historically important herbs, their uses, and present day cultivation requirements. Ancient as well as contemporary uses of individual herbs are discussed. A visit to the LuEsther T. Mertz Library to view centuries-old herbals completes the class.


Foraging in Prospect Park, Brooklyn

Sunday, April 13th 12:30-2:30 p.m.

There are hundreds of wild edible and medicinal plants and mushrooms growing right in the middle of the city! Learn how to safely identify, sustainably harvest, and deliciously prepare this abundance of free food. Leda Meredith is the author of Northeast Foraging: 120 Wild and Flavorful Edibles from Beach Plums to Wineberries.


North Carolina Wild Foods Weekend

April 26 - 28

On a spring weekend, 120 people from all over Eastern North America will take into the woods and fields of North Carolina to learn about edible wild plants, meet other foragers, & celebrate spring. After an introduction to some of the plants to be collected, participants will join small groups led by experienced foragers to collect wild foods. Each year the North Carolina Wild Foods Weekend hosts a featured speaker (Leda’s Note: that would be me in 2014). The climax of the weekend will be a wild feast composed of collected foods prepared by the participants. The Sunday program will feature uses of wild plants & a variety of outdoor activities.

The Scented Garden for the New York Botanical Garden

April 23, 2014 10am - 1pm

Your garden may look perfect, but if it doesn’t also smell wonderful, there’s something missing. Modern plant breeding often sacrifices perfume for giant blooms, but gardeners who appreciate scent enjoy learning about old-fashioned flowers and heirloom plants. Explore a variety of aromatic plants: trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals and discuss design ideas.

Veggies and Herbs in Containers for the New York Botanical Garden

May 3, 2014 12:45pm - 2:45pm

Learn how to grow garden-fresh vegetables and herbs year-round in containers. Discover which varieties do best in containers and how to care for them. Special attention is paid to those varieties that not only taste great but also look beautiful, including varieties that have interesting or unusual blooms and foliage.

Northeast Foraging: 120 Wild and Flavorful Edibles from Beach Plums to Wineberries for Torrey Botanical Society

Arsenal at Central Park, New York, NY

The Northeast is rich in wild edible plants, even in urban areas. Not only can a forager find free food and gourmet ingredients – some of which are either pricey at markets or simply can’t be found for sale – but she or he can interact with the local ecosystem in a way that impacts it beneficially. Learn about some of the edible plants that are growing right at your doorstep, as well as how to harvest them sustainably and prepare them deliciously. Pick up a signed copy of Leda’s new wild edible plants field guide!

Edible Weeds of the Northeast for the New York Botanical Garden

May 10, 2014 10am - 12pm

Many weeds are both ecological menaces and surprisingly delicious. Garlic mustard is one such example. Find the sweet side of these problematic plants by taking them from the natural areas they are invading to your kitchen table. Learn how to identify weedy plant species and how to collect and prepare them to take advantage of their culinary possibilities.

Foraging Tour in Van Cortlandt Park for Torrey Botanical Society

This will be a foraging tour of Van Cortlandt Park. Learn how to identify edible spring plants that grow wild in NYC. Meet at 1 PM near the bottom of the stairs on the park (east) side of Broadway at the 242nd St. stop on the 1 train. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes appropriate for the weather, and bring something to take notes on and pictures with.

Northeast Foraging for Brooklyn Botanic Garden

May 18, 2014 10am - 1pm

The Northeast is rich in wild edible plants, even in the city. In May we’ll find native delicacies such as pokeweed and ramps growing right next to introduced invasive (but still delicious) species including sorrel and gobo root. Ethnobotanist Leda Meredith, author of the just-released Northeast Foraging: 120 Wild and Flavorful Plants from Beach Plums to Wineberries, will teach you how to safely identify, sustainably harvest, and deliciously prepare the feast growing at your doorstep.

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