Guided Foraging
  • Get outside and find some snacks! (or medicine or art supplies!) Here in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains of Appalachia we are lucky enough to be absolutely surrounded by edible and useful wild things. Plants, fungi, lichen, mosses, and more are waiting to greet us if we know where to look. Let's explore the seasons through each month's gifts! Scheduled, open-to-all classes are only $20 per person (this does not apply to private land lessons).

    On these trips we will walk public lands (or private if you'd like to explore your own land with a knowledgeable eye.) The walks will obey local laws and guidelines on foraging and gathering. Some walks will be tougher than others, but none will be particularly rough.

    Some examples of finds throughout the season we will see are usnea, chicken of the woods, hen of the woods, wood ear, hickory nuts, acorns, walnuts, pawpaw, persimmon, apples, cherries, blackberries, autumn olive, pears, nettles, goldenrod, plantain, dandelion, violets, and so so so much more. Too many to list! Take your haul home with you if you so desire.

    If you'd like to walk your own private land, or have a private session on public lands, there is a travel fee to cover my fuel and time costs, but it is otherwise pay-what-you-can. Fuel has gotten quite pricey in my area, so right now my fuel costs range from $35-$50 on average for local trips. Time spent foraging is totally up to you on hours spent and price paid, I am super flexible! 

    For private land lessons, we will walk your property to look for edible, medicinal, and otherwise remarkable finds. Bring a notebook, marking tape, or take pictures if you so desire, this is all about you and your land! 

    If we find plants that hold monetary value, such as ginseng, I will advise you on proper protection for the plant, propagation, and ethical harvesting. I will not, under any circumstances, share that the plant is growing on your land so that your best interests are protected. 

    I do not know every single thing about the forest, there will be mushrooms I cannot identify, plants that I am unsure of, and scientific names that escape me. But, for many of those I can get the names and uses of those plants to you later on that evening after some research. I do not use plant ID apps, they are a great backup tool for research leads but are not reliable enough to safely identify plants for use. 

    When booking a personal foraging course, simply send a message with some info about your land, yourself, and 5 dates that will work well with your schedule and we will set things up! Happy foraging! 












    Guided Foraging