This year, Andy Gricevich will lead a series of foraging excursions in, around, or not all that far from Madison. We’ll talk about motivations for gathering wild plants & fungi for food and medicine, harvesting ethics, safety and identification. Sometimes we’ll hunt for particular species; at other times we’ll wander more freely, using freshly honed skills of awareness to see what shows itself to us.
Be ready to go off-trail, move through buggy, thorny and muddy spaces, sample the flavors of the forests’ abundant pantry, and connect with our deep evolutionary capacity for recognizing the patterns of nature.
Specific locations will be decided based on the transportation situation (which might involve car-pooling) of the participants, and will be announced well in advance of a given date.
Each wander is $40/person. There’s a limit of twelve participants per walk, so sign up now to reserve a spot!
We’re walking around realizing how much wild food is already available. We’ve never done this before, and were nervous about starting too early–but we now realize we should definitely have offered an early spring walk–so we’ll do one, on Tuesday, May 14th, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Picnic Point in Madison. Sign up now for a dense, hopefully blissful three hours!
Andy Gricevich is a self-taught forager whose five or six years of obsession have given him the wild food knowledge of an indigenous four-year-old. He’s excited to share that constantly growing knowledge with you, employing the vocabulary of a Euro-American in his middle 40s.
NOTE: We’re planning for three-hour sessions (not counting travel time, if we get out to Governor Dodge or Devil’s Lake, for example). It’s easy to imagine running as much as an hour longer; it’d be a good idea to plan for some time-flexibility.
ANOTHER NOTE: All participants will be required to sign a waiver. We won’t tell you to eat anything we’re not 100% certain of.
Tuesday, May 14th, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Picnic Point–meet at Frautschi Point parking lot on Lake Mendota Drive.
Meet at the Frautschi Point lot on Lake Mendota Drive (just up the hill from the Eagle Heights community gardens, well up the hill from the soccer fields).
Saturday, June 1st, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Saturday, July 13th, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Saturday, August 24th, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Saturday, September 14th, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Saturday, October 19th, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.