Guide:
Name: Amber Westfall
When
Date: May 04, 2013
Time: 10:30 AM
Duration: 1.5 hr
Language: English
Where
Start: Windsor Park (parking lot)
End: same
Area: Old Ottawa South
Distance: 1.0 km
Accessibility:
Some parts of the route may take us off paved paths across grassy areas.

Wild Food in the City: Urban Foraging


Overview

This fun, introductory plant walk is designed for people who have little or no foraging experience and want to learn about the free food and medicine growing all around us.


Description

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Photo:  Salad preparation with wild greens.

Back for a third year, this fun weed walk introduces participants to all the wonderful, wild and weedy plants growing in an urban environment, that can be used as food and medicine.

We'll talk about:

  • how to identify safe, common, bioregional plants
  • their edible, medicinal and other traditional uses
  • proper harvesting, processing and storage practices
  • methods of preparation
  • wildcrafting and foraging ethics

If you attended last year's walk, come back again and see what happened to the poison ivy patch and check out how the native wood nettle is doing. And this year, I'll introduce people to a salad plant that grows on trees!


Route

The walking tour will take place in and around Windsor Park near the Rideau River, on mostly paved paths. To get to Windsor Park, take Riverdale north from Bank St near Billings Bridge. Windsor Ave. is the first right. The parking lot is on the right at the end of the street.

Map showing the meeting place and approximate route of the walk. 


About

Amber Westfall is a simple living, nature loving, weed eating, backyard medicine making, urban homesteader! Her passions are wild foods, healing plants, permaculture and yoga. This year her new adventure is starting The Wild Garden, which will provide community members with, and teach them about, bioregional wild foods and herbs, grown and harvested using regenerative, permaculture practices.