Little Green Ways were delighted to collaborate with Green Hollows to organise a local event foraging for herbs and food on Sunday.
Mark came a few days in advance to scope out the area and see what we had available to us. He was a great guide, knowledgeable, friendly and full of enthusiasm. I was stunned to discover there were so many worthwhile plants just meters into the forest, any worries about what our local forest had to offer were quickly dissipated!
We tasted plants and talked about the myriad of uses for them. It was amazing to realise how unnatural it seemed to just pop a foraged leaf in your mouth when this would have been second nature for thousands of years. As we moved through the forest, we added herbs into a flask which would brew as we walked.
We finished off down by the coast where we found an array of different seaweeds and delicious plants, washing them down with the herbal tea concocted en route.
The natural world around is rammed full of highly nutritious food which we just don’t get in the mass-produced farming methods of today – our overused soil is depleted of nutrients. It really hit home how essential our wild spaces are.
By sustainable foraging, we are completely skipping out transport and packaging costs which is great for the environment too.
From now on I will be incorporating a good few of these foods into our diet and look forward to increasing my knowledge as time goes on! I finished up the event feeling very inspired.
Love a forage in your local area?!
Mark is happy to come to other areas to share his knowledge! Get in touch with Green Hollows on facebook if you want to organise your own.