"In wildness is the preservation of the world." -H.D. Thoreau

Why eat from the wild? The answer is obvious to anyone who has felt the emotional uplift from the weight of a basket brimming with morel mushrooms, the earthy-sweet scent of digging Sassafras roots, or the heavy pulsing of a fish testing the limits of your fly rod.
There are a million reasons to eat wild, to get dirty, to taste fresh food. It is here where we connect to the Earth, our Ancestral past, immediate present and hope for a healthy future...

"Nothing else can build such awareness as surely and powerfully as practicing the ancient ecological art of humankind - foraging. It is not observation of, but rather participation in the phenomena of Nature that brings us to our greatest understanding of our place in the mosaic of life."
-Samuel Thayer The Forager's Harvest

Foraging in the Tip of the Mitten!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Autumnal Abundance...

WEEDS Events scheduled for Fall 2010

Canoe for Cranberries!
Saturday, Oct. 9th 2pm

A Jordan River Float for Highbush Cranberry and Wild Ginger!

Highbush Cranberry (Viburnum trilobum) is a native shrub that grows wild in wetlands and is especially prolific along the Jordan River. Great in jams and juices, we will learn to identify this tasty berry as we float Michigan's first wild and scenic river. This float is not for those unwilling to get wet or those without waders; we will be hopping in and out of canoes once this conspicuous crimson culinary comestible is spotted. Wild ginger (Asarum canadense) grows in certain hidden spots along the river. We will stop at one large patch to uproot this tasty treat and potent medicine. Recipes for candied ginger made with Wagbo syrup will be shared with those foragers with dirt under their nails. Bring your own canoe and baskets, or call Wagbo to see if any lenders are available. Put-in will be at Old State Road. Call 231-536-0333 for any questions.

Autumberry Harvest

Sunday, October 10th, 5 pm
At Raven's Roost Farm in Bellaire

Autumnberry (AKA autumn olive) is a prolific and conspicuous invasive shrub known to nearly every person concerned with habitat preservations. What is often overlooked is its edible and delicious berries, which ripen to a speckled-red in autumn. Excellent raw, dried, juiced, or made into jam, we will harvest loads of berries as well as share recipes. Come rain or shine!

(And rumor has it that there will be a post-pickin dinner and quaffing session at the local brewpub!)

Raven's Roost Farm is located at 2398 Vandermark Road in Bellaire. Call Wagbo at 231-536-0333 for directions.

Wild Parsnip Diggin'
Saturday, Nov. 13th 3pm
At the Martha Wagbo Farm and Education Center
5745 N. M66 East Jordan 3pm

Wild Parsip is notorious for being an invasive pest, but few realize this is the exact same plant as the parsnip you buy at groceries and farmers markets. This garden escapee is quickly displacing our native wildflowers in a small section of the Wagbo property. Come armed with shovels and enthusiasm to help our native Boneset, Joe Pye weed and Goldenrods and gather delicious table fare - all at the same time!