Wild Foraging Adventure

Wild Edibles Foraging Adventure
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May 5 – 7, 2017

Overview: Three Days of Foraging Wild Edibles

Immerse yourself in the plant world of the breathtakingly vibrant Southern Appalachian springtime while foraging edible wild plants!  During this three-day backpacking adventure near Asheville, NC, we will spend some time hiking and a lot of time learning plant identification and foraging wild edibles and medicinals. We will pause by the trail on our plant walks to meet edible weeds and plants in their natural habitats, learn about their nutritional and medicinal properties, practice sustainable harvesting, prepare wild edible plants over an open fire, and feast upon the taste of the wild!  We’ll even touch on wilderness survival.

We invite you to meet, forage for and enjoy
the abundance of wild edible plants.

What to Expect: Foraging, Plant Identification, Wilderness Survival Skills

Led by engaging, entertaining and incredibly knowledgeable instructors, this trip is an amazing opportunity to deepen your knowledge and relationship with plants and edible mushrooms and to learn wilderness survival. Participants need to be in good physical condition and provide their own snacks, lunch food, sleeping gear, backpack, and tent or other shelter.  Food for breakfast and dinner will be provided and prepared together over a campfire.  You will be ethically foraging wild edibles for some of the dinner-time meals.

We will hike between 4 and 8 miles a day through the mountains.  The terrain is quite hilly.

We will meet in Weaverville, NC, to caravan to the trailhead at 9am on Friday.  We will be in the woods until Sunday at 6pm.

During this foraging class, you will learn how to identify edible weeds, mushrooms, medicinals and gain enough information to be able to forage for food during a wilderness survival situation.

“The Wild Food Adventure was one of the most formative experiences that I have had. The beauty of this excursion is three-fold. The first and most obvious benefit is the opportunity to go on a guided, educational backpacking trip. The second benefit is the empowerment to realize the true bounty of this region and learn the native plants that can provide sustenance. The third and final benefit of this trip was the network of people on the trip. I met people from all walks of life, ages, and backgrounds who were interested in living closer to the earth. How can you beat hiking, learning, camping, networking, and eating like kings all in one trip?” (Jake DiSabatino)

Instructors

Natalie Bogwalker Wild Abundance Instructor

Natalie Bogwalker

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Tyler Lavenburg: Primitive Skills and Wild Food Instructor

Local Accommodations:

While some locals prefer to commute to Wild Abundance from Asheville, students from the area and out of town are welcome to pitch a tent in one of our flat camping spots in the woods or field, or to tie a hammock in the forest on our seven-acre property.  We strongly suggest bringing a very warm sleeping bag and bedding.  We do have a fully functioning outdoor kitchen and bathroom, though in extremely cold weather, sometimes one or both are out of operation due to the water freezing.

If you prefer something more conducive to creature comforts, we suggest browsing Airbnb or checking out some of the local motels and B&Bs within a 10-15 minute drive to Wild Abundance.

Below are a few local accommodations you might find to your liking:

Mountain Light Sanctuary

Comfort Inn in Mars Hill, NC

Registration Info Register Now WA

We strive to make our classes accessible to those who wish to learn.  There is a sliding scale available for this class (pay what you can afford according to your own financial situation).    

Early Bird Price until April 5, 2017:      $350 – $550, sliding scale

After April 5, 2017 until the start of class:      $400 – $600, sliding scale

To register, please complete the registration form and then make payment.  Registration will be processed upon receipt of payment

Expect to receive a confirmation email within one week of sending payment. Additional emails will cover logistical details as the date approaches.  

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