Foraging is for everyone, everywhere. And forest edibles are not the only game in town. Urban foraging done right is fun, safe and sustainable. Healthy, tasty hyper-local food can be gathered from the wild whatever your "wild" is. The Foraging and Folklore series uses the myth and magic associated with plants and the seasons to explore the potential of the flora in your environment.
During this 90-minute event we'll begin by breaking down some of the misconceptions about weeds, invasives, and urban foraging, and reconsider many useful plants in terms of their potential uses. In tune with the seasons, this session will focus on the seeds, roots, and berries available at this time of year, and how they relate to the myth and magic of the upcoming Halloween season.
What common root is said to make an enchanting necklace for invoking the witch goddess, Hecate? What is Samhain and what does it have to do with Halloween? Where do butterflies symbolize the souls of the departed? What does the planet Jupiter have to do with Curly Dock and Sorrel? How do you make granola with Stinging Nettle seeds? Find out the answers to these questions and a whole lot more in this lively and multifaceted Atlas Obscura experience.
Your host Felicity will guide you through the basic information you need to get started and demonstrate easy ways to enjoy the fruits of your own wild urban harvest. Come discover the abundance all around you!
Felicity Roberts is an herbalist, urban farmer, food and cocktail writer, textile artist, and passionate home cook who gets excited about discovering simple, low tech, and environmentally friendly ways to grow, gather, and prepare food.Her knowledge of plants, landscape and foods is matched by an eclectic knowledge base acquired from a decade spent hitchhiking, farming, and cooking around North America with notable stops in British Columbia, Texas, and Maine. She has been featured on NPR and is an Atlas Obscura trip guide.
Ryley Bucek is an avid forager, chef, and naturalist who is currently working on an organic farm in the maritimes after working in kitchens across Canada. They enjoy experimenting with creative ways to cook and preserve wild foods, including fermentation, smoking, and drying. They are endlessly fascinated by the ways people use plants across different cultures and bioregions. Their approach to foraging is informed by folklore and reciprocity with local ecosystems.
Once registered, you can access the Zoom room for this experience through your confirmation email or Eventbrite account. Atlas Obscura online experiences are recommended for attendees age 13+.
This online experience will be recorded. A temporary link to the recording will be provided in a follow-up email to all ticket holders within 72 hours after the event. Access to this recording will be available for seven days.
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Tue, Oct 12, 20217:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.$25