Upcoming Classes & Events with Leda
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!
Foraging in Owl’s Head Park for The Bay Ridge Food Co-op
Sept. 21st 3 - 5pm
Join the Bay Ridge Food Co-op on a guided tour of Owl’s Head Park with forager, committed locavore and Brooklyn Botanic Garden instructor, Leda Meredith.
Leda will teach us how to safely identify and harvest edibles in the urban terrain. We hope to find wild root vegetables like gobo and evening primrose; salad greens and edible flowers including Asiatic dayflower; fruits including hawthorn and crabapple; and wild seasonings including peppergrass and Northern bayberry.
Foraging in Prospect Park
Sept. 22nd 11am - 1pm
Free, healthy food from the park?
You can find delicious wild edible plants and mushrooms right in the city’s parks. Take a guided tour of Prospect Park with forager, committed locavore and Brooklyn Botanic Garden instructor, Leda Meredith. Leda will teach us how to safely identify and harvest edibles in the urban terrain.
Oct. 3rd 1:30-2:30pm
Hike the woodlands of the Garden and learn how to identify the many wild greens growing there this fall. Discover how they grow, and where and when they can be found. You’ll be well-equipped with knowledge you can take to the woods later for your own foraging excursions.
Oct. 19 10am - 1pm
Enjoy the abundance of wild edible plants and mushrooms all around us. Learn to identify and sustainably harvest autumn’s most delicious wild ingredients, many of which aren’t for sale in any store. Find out the best ways to prepare them and to preserve them for winter.
Foraging in Prospect Park for Green Edge NYC
Oct. 5th 9:45am - 12:30pm
Green Edge NYC and wild edible and medicinal plant expert Leda Meredith invite you to sign up for a morning of urban foraging in Prospect Park. Leda will be sharing her wisdom and teaching participants how to identify edibles in the urban terrain. At the end of the foraging walk, participants will have a chance to sample the treats including wild edible ingredients and conduct a Q&A with Leda.
OTHER FOOD, BOTANY, & GARDENING WORKSHOPS
Fundamentals of Gardening I for The NY Botanical Garden
Thursdays Sept. 19th, 26th, Oct. 3rd and 10th 10am - 12pmExplore the basic principles underlying successful, environmentally friendly gardening, including the structure and physiological processes of plants and their relationships to the settings in which they grow. Students learn not only what to do, but why. Topics include soils and their improvement, seed sowing, vegetative propagation, planting, pruning, watering, weeding, mulching, shading, ventilation, and disease and pest control.
Sept. 21 10am - 12pm
Fall is the perfect time to stock your pantry by transforming your garden’s harvest into herbal vinegars, pesto, dried herb blends, flavored honey, herbal syrups, and tea blends. Learn how to harvest and dry your herbs for peak flavor as well as how to make pesto and vinegar. Taste some of the herbal bounty, and go home with samples and recipes.
Oct. 26th 10am - 12pm
What to do in fall to ensure a healthy garden next spring? Give yourself a head start on your best garden ever by taking care of it now! Learn what to do this fall to improve soil quality, protect perennials and tender plants through the winter, eliminate choice over-wintering sites for insects and diseases, and manage all those fallen leaves.
Oct. 26th 1 - 3pm
It takes more than just moving your container plants into your living room to successfully overwinter tender perennials. Situations such as dry indoor heat and low light can challenge your plants’ ability to thrive until they can move back outdoors next spring. Learn the best methods for ensuring your plants’ successful transition from outdoors to indoors. Also learn which plants benefit from a dormant period over the winter and how to bring them into and out of dormancy.
Sept. 28 10am - 1pm
Get your garden ready now for fuller blooms and healthier plants next spring. Learn the best techniques for protecting perennials that will overwinter outdoors, preparing the soil to ensure maximum fertility; and minimizing pest and disease problems next year.
Nov. 5th 6 - 8pm
In this entertaining and informative class, we’ll explore the roots-not to mention the leaves, stems, blooms, and berries-of the Suzanne Collins blockbuster trilogy, The Hunger Games, just in time for the November release of the second film, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. From characters like Katniss, Primrose, and Rue, who share names with woodland flora, to the many documented culinary, therapeutic, and symbolic uses of flowers and plants throughout the books, and the true origins of the deadly “nightlock,” we’ll separate herbal fact from fiction, and maybe learn some woodland survival tips along the way. Let the games begin!
Nov. 9th 12:45 - 2:45pm
You can have fresh herbs year-round by learning specific techniques for growing them indoors. Whether you want to successfully transplant your herb plants from an outdoor garden to an indoor one, or are starting your indoor herb garden from scratch, this class will teach you the essentials of managing indoor growing conditions for aromatic herbs. You will also learn the best ways to harvest herbs and how to store them for maximum flavor and fragrance.