Spring Foraging


(Offered in Conjunction with the NOFA-NH Herbal Network)

Traditional people around the world understand that food does not just represent calories but it supplies also important nutrients and protective compounds.  For these people, food is a defining feature of their culture and is incorporated into their collecting tools, containers, songs, and rituals.  Important to note is that people who still enjoy their traditional diet are free from many of the chronic ailments that plaque modern societies in every country―cardiovascular diseases, neurological diseases, diabetes, inflammatory diseases of the digestive and musculoskeletal systems, and autoimmune disorders.  Aside from such serious topics, wild plants offer variety in our diet and can provide unique flavors and textures to liven up dishes that may be frequently prepared in our households.  Join in the footsteps of Euell Gibbons and see how wonderful it feels to gather our own food.  This field class will begin with a brief explanation of the protective benefits of wild foods and then delve into identifying and gathering various late spring wild edibles, with a focus on greens and shoots.  Seasonal differences will be discussed and preparation techniques for the different plant parts examined.  This class will be offered from noon to 3:00 pm in Lee, NH, at the Misty Meadows Farm and Herbal Center.  The tuition is $40.00 (a 20% discount is offered to NOFA-NH members).  The event will be restricted to 20 participants.  Students should come prepared for the elements and uneven ground.  Email: nhhn@nofanh.org or call 603-340-5161 to enroll for this class or visit www.nofanh.org to register online.