Parmesan, greater plantain seed & wild fennel pastries. https://t.co/lwsjnkc0Nw
The Family Foraging Kitchen works to inspire both pupils and teachers alike, educating them about their local environment and the abundance of wild food it can provide. Working with local schools and colleges, our interactive foraging and wild cookery walks focus on learning traditional skills and knowledge.
There is a good deal of fear and misinformation surrounding the use and consumption of wild plants, and we believe that the best way to combat this is to share knowledge about how these plants can be used. Modern agricultural methods have meant that foraging, once a part of our ancestral daily life, has faded away, replaced by regular family trips to the supermarket.
Many children are now disconnected from the food that they eat. Given the ecological, social and environmental crises that we now face globally, humanity needs to – rather urgently and radically – examine its relationship with food, and how we acquire it. Foraging is about more than just food and nourishment; it gets us out into the countryside, helps to cultivate an intimate appreciation of nature, lets us explore history, science and folk lore; can bond families, strengthen communities and re-establish connections severed by modern life.
"Year 9 DT students enjoyed a wild foraging trip around the college grounds today with Vix Hill-Ryder, from The Family Foraging Kitchen. The trip, which aimed to promote the health benefits of eating straight from the hedgerow, as well as how to identify different species of wild edible plants and flowers, was a huge success, with students making their very own ‘wild edible salad’ which they enjoyed together at the end of the trip.
Vix also discussed in depth the nutrition of the plants students picked and students learnt that stinging nettles contain more iron than any other plant. Furthermore, she discussed exciting and tasty recipes that use these very ingredients; such as wild garlic mayo and a Sorrel Salsa Verde.
Of course, there was a serious aspect to the trip and Vix highlighted in detail the dangers of simply picking any flower or plant that line our hedgerow. She spent time pointing out flowers and plants that were bad for our health and stressed that students must only forage for food with a trained professional and only eat items when they are 110% sure of what it is.
A fun day was had by all, including the head teacher Andrea Hazeldine, who came and made her own salad box.
A massive thank you to Vix and Year 9 who were a real asset to the college."
Torpoint Community College
"As the Food Teacher at the Marine Academy Plymouth we booked Vix (FFF) to introduce our students to foraging in our extended learning week. Our week involved seeking out food on a budget and the end of the week ended with a foraged feast. Vix provided a few hours of rural entertainment, in the most amazing setting , my students were totally engaged and had an amazing experience. We all ended up on Kingsand beach where we had a BBQ and our foraged and 'dressed' salad... As a cookery teacher, this delivered to my students everything I wanted and more.. We are looking forward to next year, where I am hoping we can explore seaweed"
Marine Academy Plymouth
We are based on the beautiful Rame Peninsula in South East Cornwall. You can choose from hedgerow walks with stunning sea views, coastal walks that finish on the wonderful Cornish shoreline, woodland walks and even discover what's hidden in the wild urban landscapes of our nearest city, just across the water - Plymouth. We range in price from our popular monthly wild food walks (with a cookery class using the wild produce we've collected at the end also included!) for just £20 an adult and children go free. Bespoke private walks can be arranged at any time (and location of your choosing) - and we also offer exciting packages tailored for honeymooners and corporate team building days etc (please see the relevant pages on this site!). We also run courses in traditional countryside crafts - such as bee keeping, willow weaving and working with wild game.
01752 823424 / 07900 792 033