You say hunt? We say gather. Hunt? Gather! Hunt? Gather! Yes, this Sunday we will be GATHERING in Prospect Park with none other than acclaimed forager and certified ethnobotanist, Leda Meredith. In the almighty name of freshness, we’ll be utilizing Leda’s guidance to familiarize ourselves with the art and practice of foraging. It’s only necessary to begin a practice like foraging under the wing of an expert, as it is literally a matter of life and death- you takes more than the thought, “oh that looks edible!” to be right about it. Consider this a crash course in finding edible food in the park, learning the names and identifiable characteristics of plants, when to keep an eye out for what, how much is reasonable to take (recall the cautionary tale of the commons), and what to do with the plants once you’ve claimed them. Learn the key to foraging successfully, and open up to a whole new world of possibilities!
Recipes: Sautéed Daylily Buds with Garlic Mustard; Marinated Burdock “Cardoons”; Wild Greens and Mushrooms Stir-fry
Class Type: Educational, hands-on class
Class Notes: Bring out the inner gatherer in you! Buy Leda’s book!
Leda Meredith is the author of The Locavore’s Handbook: The Busy Person’s Guide to Eating Local on a Budget. Her previous book, Botany, Ballet, & Dinner from Scratch: A Memoir with Recipes, chronicled her 250-mile diet eating almost exclusively foods grown, foraged, and raised within 250 miles of New York City. She is an instructor at the New York Botanical Garden and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden specializing in edible and medicinal plants, and teaches foraging and food preservation classes for those and numerous other organizations. Leda is the recipient of Adelphi University’s Teaching Excellence award. You can follow her local foods adventures on her blog. Contact Leda