Exploring Oregon’s Food Forests by means of Wild Food Adventures


Have you ever taken a hike within the woods, come throughout unidentified berries and puzzled if consuming them could be a pleasant snack or depart you bent over with intestinal pains? 

Dr. John Kallas has remedied a few of these curiosities by means of his vigorous and educated workshops to coach the general public about wild, edible meals. To him, wild meals are common meals that ought to be loved and added to your plate for a various eating regimen.

Dr. John Kallas teaching class about cattails

Dr. John Kallas instructing college students about cattails harvesting

Wild Food Adventures

Kallas is the proprietor of Wild Food Adventures and  gives a number of workshops throughout the spring and summer season seasons for adults and youngsters alike—all in numerous places round Portland, the Oregon coast, and Willamette Valley. Workshops vary from 3 hours to three days, relying on how deep you need to go down the foraging rabbit gap!

You can find out about which fiddleheads are ripe for the selecting within the Wild Foods of Forest Park workshop, spot edible sea greens like nori and kombu in Sea Vegetables and Other Seashore Edibles of the Pacific Coast, dig for native arrowhead (regionally referred to as Wapato) within the Wapato Island Wild Food Expedition, or my private favourite, take a GingerRoot Wild Food Rendezvous for a weekend getaway!

Tupperware of wild red cherries

Tupperware of collected wild cherries

Wild Food Adventures gives a number of in a single day getaways for many who need to do some tenting and many harvesting and consuming. The GingerRoot Wild Food Rendezvous is cost-effective for households who need to be nearer to nature, as everybody can sleep in their very own tent or park their camper van in the neighborhood constructing car parking zone. 

Photo of salmon berries

Salmon berries prepared for selecting

Spend the weekend touring to numerous habitats, studying about edible greens, wild candy peas, cherries, elderberry flowers, and essentially the most surprisingly scrumptious edible, the cattail. 

Green cattails across a table

Young inexperienced cattails harvested for a feast

Throughout the weekend, you’ll harvest crops for 2 huge feasts – one, made fully of meals that have been harvested, and the second, made out of meals incorporating wild edibles as the primary act. John not solely teaches you what meals are edible, however teaches you methods you’ll be able to course of and cook dinner them. These edible meals will shock you with their taste and flexibility. 

Salad full of daisies and wild sweet peas

Beautiful wild greens salad with Ox-Eyed Daisies and Wild Sweet Peas

Plate full of wild foraged foods

A tasty plate of untamed meals integrated right into a potluck meal

What to Bring

Most workshops don’t require a lot gear, however it’s at all times advised to convey a hat to guard from the solar and components, lengthy sleeves and trousers, bug repellent, and for these extra critical foragers, a holster to hold your shears and fruit selecting instruments – we like this one.

For those that can’t get sufficient of Wild Food Adventures, reductions can be found in a large number of the way – Children 0-6 years outdated (FREE), 7-17 (pay their age in customary workshops), $5 low cost every for relations attending collectively, Native Americans, Scout Leaders, and full-time faculty college students. 

Group of wild foraging workshop students

Wild Food Adventures college students behind wild fennel

Foragers are a singular group of individuals, and Wild Food Adventures set a really respectful and fulfilling ambiance, so you’re sure to make a number of buddies at any of those workshops, in addition to many reminiscences with your loved ones. 

You won’t ever take a stroll within the wild or by means of your neighborhood with the identical perspective on crops once more.

To learn extra about among the foraging adventures I’ve taken, try this publish right here.  


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