Wild Weed Wisdom

Nurture Your 'Inner Wild' with Foraged Edible and Medicinal Plants

Wild in the City!

Want to Learn About Food Security and Natural Food and Medicine?

BerriesThis course has been funded by the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture and Innovation. All spaces are full; there is a wait-list available for the 2013. Please contact me directly at jennieakse@gmail.com if you are interested.

Wild in the City: Food & Medicine from Nature

Wild in the City has two major aims: one, to help increase the number of, and care for, long-term food-producing plants in and around Amsterdam; and two, teaching the art of wild-crafting for food and medicine, with a special emphasis on ethical harvesting.

There have been many books and videos published about the art of gathering food and making medicine from the wild, and even guided walks or short seminars are informative – but most people walk away without feeling confident enough to actually do it themselves.

Wild in the City, with guide Jennie Akse-Kelly, will give hands-on experience – seeing, touching, smelling, tasting and understanding each plant – in such a way as to empower your  relationship with wild plants and to use them with confidence.

Burdock_Root_-_Wild.jpg.scaled1000You will learn to indentify, use, and protect the many edible and medicinal plants – many of them considered to be ‘weeds’ — in the Amsterdam area. You’ll be part of a growing movement to respect food sources, and to expand them responsibly: together, we will begin on a plan to plant walnut trees, hedgerows, and grapevines, for example.You’ll be asked to blog about your experiences on this course and to apply what you learned to some form of volunteer initiative – giving your own nature walk, planting a street with nut trees, creating an urban herb garden, or your own idea. I’ve listed some suggestions towards the bottom of the page.

Wild in the City will be offered as 4 full-day classes on Sundays, for a total of 24 hours.

Dates: March 17, April 7, May 26, and June 23, 2013

Times: 10:00 – 16:00

Locations: Participants will be notified as locations will vary

Fee: 125€ per all-day class – FULL – A wait-list is available for 2013; please contact me to reserve a space for you.

Simply send me a

 or register online here

Wild in the City – Themes

Themes covered over the course of the 4 Sundays:

1.      Wild-Crafting – Foraging

  • What are wild, edible foods?
  • Locating safe places to forage
  • Ethical harvesting – the rights of plants, property and people
  • Responsible harvesting – protection of biodiversity and habitats

2.      Wild-Crafting – Food and Healing from Nature

  • Edible Plants
  • Medicinal Plants
  • Trees: Walnut, Hickory, Oak, Hazelnut, Elder, Sweet Chestnut, Beech, Hawthorn
  • Shrubs and Vines: Sumac, Wisteria, Hops, Grapes, Passion-Flower,
  • Identification and Harvesting Techniques
  • Ancient Ways of Herbal Wisdom
  • How to make healing salves, oils, tinctures and teas
  • Cooking Wild: in the kitchen with wild food

3.      Wild-Crafting: Practical Restorative Practices

  • Finding “Grow Spots”
  • Site Clean Up and Rehabilitation
  • Seed harvesting and Redistribution
  • Planting for the Future: seedlings, trees, vines and shrubs
  • Providing long-term care and maintenance

You’ll be able to apply the skills you learn from Wild in the City to create your own initiatives:

  •  Make your own food and medicine from nature
  • Adopt a tree, plan a neighbourhood nut-harvest, or plant an entire street with food-producing trees
  •  Work with park rangers, gardeners, farmers to help keep fast-growing invasive plants under control (Stinging Nettle, Cleavers, Burdock), as well as use them for food or medicine
  •  Continue to nurture and multiply the number of long-term food-producing plants and teach others how to make food from unwanted plants
  •  Create your own food-sustainability programs and organizations
  •  Educate children about food resources in public or private schools, in summer camps or after-school classes, or offered informally on weekends
  •  Give guided tours through forests, parks and urban areas to raise awareness of the medicinal and edible plants around us, and how to use them safely and responsibly
  •  Offer programs and workshops, such as cooking with wild foods, woodland survival skills
  •  Manage your own medicinal herb garden, or create one in your neighbourhood
  •  Make use of the ‘weeds’ growing wild in your own garden
  •  Find your own ways to integrate wild-crafting into your life!
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