Such an exciting time of year – the snowdrops are out and buds are appearing on the trees. That means it’s a great time to go foraging!
We’re very lucky to have Forager Mark as part of the Joinavision team. He’s going to be regularly sharing his knowledge of plants with us. If you’re super lucky you’ll be able to join him on one of his foraging walks in East Anglia, Somerset, Wiltshire, Cambridgeshire, Dorset and Sussex.
There’s a radio interview planned with him in March but in the meantime get researching what’s on your doorstep wherever you are in the world.
There are some great foraging books on our website. The one I’m putting here is one our house-mate showed me tonight – it looks amazing! Cannot wait to head outside tomorrow and go looking for some of the plants.
Planting a Wild Food Veggie Patch!
A great tip that Juliette Bryant has is to plant your own wild veggie patch. You can add any plants you love foraging without the hassle of going out looking for them. I’ve planted my first nettle in a raised bed this morning as well as a dead nettle. Feels so lovely to be outside after the winter months.
For anyone who doesn’t have a garden take inspiration from the many people who are setting up community gardens. You can also plant food in any grass verge close by. Or go ‘gorilla gardening’ where you plant food in random places knowing where to return in a few months/weeks time.
Foraging will keep our food bills down, keep us active and teach us valuable lessons our ancestors knew. There’s not much you can’t love about it!