Hello! The next walk will be on Saturday the 1st of August from 10am until 1pm. It will be followed by a picnic lunch of foraged wild goodies. Some of the foods I have brought along to our walks in the last few weeks include vintage cheddar and Good King Henry quiches, Rock samphire and home-cured salmon tart, Fairy ring mushroom and Good King Henry pie, elderflower cake with an elderflower sour cream frosting, a Swahili style chicken of the woods mushroom coconut curry with mung bean rice, Fruit leathers and home madecordials. I will also be bringing my camping stove along and supplementing the food I bring with me with whatever we find on the day. At the last walk we cooked up oyster mushroom and wild garlic scrambled duck eggs to go with all our other goodies and we had a cherry pie for dessert.
Due to family and work commitments, this walk will probably be the last one until the 19th and 20th of September. There will however be a weekend long foraging retreat from the 3rd to the 5th of September. It will be held in the forest of Dean, one of our ancient woodlands, and based off a lovely b&b and campsite. During this weekend, I will be teaching everything you need to know to forage and start your journey to self-sufficiency. We will cover everything from foraging in diverse environments (woodlands, hedgerows, field and seashore), to how to preserve your finds (from flavoured vinegars and syrups to fruit syrups) to herbal body care (making herbal wash balls). Accomodation, food, and all walks and workshops are covered in the fee of £130 (£150 if you wish to stay in the B&B instead of camp) which is exceptionally good value for money. The profits that we make from this will buy us a wondeful plot of land in the middle of Malindi to allow us to build a brand new school that actually has a playground for our children to play in! If you want more details about the retreat just email me back.
I have been running wild food walks for nearly three years now, taught about 300 people and have been featured in the Leeds Guide in the articles "How To Be More Green" and "Food For Free Foraging Walks". I was also on the 4th episode of "The Edible Garden" with Alys fowler on the BBC. The walks attract people from all over Yorkshire (last week
we had a couple from Halifax) and from all walks of life. 🙂
There is always an abundance of food out there if you just know what to look for. 🙂 I will be covering a variety of wild fungi and edible greens as well as teaching you how to identify fungi in a systematic manner to make it as safe as possible.
The walks cost £15 per person, with a £3 discount for students on showing a valid NUS card (so £12 per person). I am also offerring a new deal where, if you buy blocks of three
walks, you get a voucher for a fourth walk for free which you can either use yourself, or pass on to someone else so that they can give it a go too!* I decided to do this after seeing quite a lot of faces reappearing at the walks in different seasons. As these people realised, the kinds of plants available at different times of the year
can vary hugely, and everytime they come, they learn something new. This gives you the perfect opportunity to come along to walks in all seasons, and truly learn what the green spaces of Leeds have to offer.
Walks of this type and length normally cost in excess of £40 per person but I do mine for just £15 (£12 for students) so that more people can afford them and join in the fun!
I also do wild food walks on demand for groups and for these, I can come to your local area and show you what you can eat on your own doorstep. These walks make lovely presents and cost the same as my usual walks. (subject to minimum attendance). I also teach courses on preserving and show people how to make fruit leathers, jams, syrups, cordials, fruit cheeses, fruit vinegars and other preserves.
All the profits I make on these walks and the courses that I do goes to fund the charity work we do in Kenya. It will either be used to pay the teacher’s salaries, rent on the school house, food for the children or other running costs.
Please feel free to email me if you require any more information. If you want to confirm a place on the walk, email me back at firstname.lastname@example.org with the number of spaces you would like, which walk you would like to book for, and your contact telephone number in case of emergencies. I will then email you to confirm your spaces and will give you our meeting point.
The Nuru Shelter and Education Centre is a charity that educates orphans and destitute children in the community for free. The school currently only has 42 students due to space constraints ( we teach in a rented 3 bedroomed house) so we are trying to raise enough money to build a school and boarding house so we can take more students and expand the range of services we offer the local community. The goal of it all is to become completely sustainable in the long run so we’ve raised enough money to buy a large plot of land with a well of sweet water in to build an orphanage/boarding house and school that has enough land to also have a small farm where we can grow our own food and space to run the other projects that we’re hoping will fund this project in the long run (eg growing anthuriums and mushrooms) .
We also have a facebook page of the same name that is regularly updated with news and events at http://www.facebook.com/group.
* These blocks of four cannot all be used on the same day or by different people other than the free fourth walk. So for example, four people cannot turn up on the day, buy block of three, and share them on the same day. Also, you must let me know in adance when you book your free walk, that you will be using the voucher