All in-person courses will be in the Greater Richmond Area.
Kids 13 and up welcome to register with an adult attendee.
Come learn wild edible plants available in Central Virginia from an experienced forager, Alison Meehan, who supplements her diet and improves her health with wild plants throughout the year.
These courses are designed to provide enough information for you and your family to begin feasting safely on free, wild food on your own!
Next Course Offerings:
Forest Hill Park in Richmond, VA Wild Edible Plant Walks:
Come prepared to learn about 30 wild edible plants found right here in Central Virginia!
This is a per-requisite for the Wild Plant Harvesting and Preparation Course (below).
Saturday, April 4, 2020 – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Sign Up!
Saturday, May 2, 2020 – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Sign Up!
Saturday May 30, 2020 – 10 – 2 p.m. – Sign Up!
Wednesday June 10, 2020 – 10 – 2 p.m. – Sign Up!
Short Pump Wild Plant Harvesting and Preparation Courses:
Note: You are required to take the above Wild Edible Plant Course at Forest Hill Park prior to this one unless you have prior approval from the site manger! You will be expected to already be able to identify 20 to 30 common wild edible plants before this course.
Get hands on experience harvesting and preparing dishes using what we learned in the Forest Hill Park Course. We’ll make a frittata with wild greens, ice cream with a wild spice, muffins, sassafras tea, and cooked greens.
Saturday, June 6, 2020 – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Sign Up!!!
Location: Glen Allen, VA, one mile from Short Pump Mall on a farm that backs up to 600 acres of forest.
Within 1 to 2 day, you will receive an e-mail with the course address and other instructions!
Alison is the creator of Tracks and Roots. She has her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Environmental Policy and Planning from Virginia Tech and has been an avid naturalist, wilderness survivalist, and tracker for 20 years. She is an expert at identifying trees, tracks, and wild edible and medicinal plants. She has received training from Coyote Tracks, the Tracker School, the Mid-Atlantic Primitive Skills Group, the Firefly Gathering, the Earth Connection School, the Wilderness Awareness School, the Living Earth School as well as from college courses and clubs. Most of her knowledge of nature awareness and survival has been passed down directly to her from two mentors, Mike Blackwell and Bill Sydor, who took her under their wing as a young adult.
She lives with her husband and three kids in Short Pump, Virginia.
“Alison was knowledgeable and engaging. She showed us several edible and medicinal plants. She had lots of activities for the students including making a salve, sassafrass tea, fire starting and making acorn flour. it was a great hands on program.” – Alysia
“What a meaningful and FUN experience—Allison was so knowledgeable and both students and adults learned so much, from how to make homemade salves to foraging for wild plants such as plantain, yarrow, violet, and spice bush. We will be repeat attendees, for sure! Thanks.” – Sarah
“Thank you so much for teaching my son and I about the edible plants! We appreciate your knowledge about which plants are edible and which are poisonous, as well as which ones have look-a-likes. You are enjoyable to be around and easy to learn from!” – Jennifer and Cody
“I recently attended the ‘Wild edible plant course and was blown away by Alison’s and David’s knowledge. It was everything I was hoping for, and then more! I look forward to future courses!” – Tayler
“Thank you for doing this! We really enjoyed it. The kids are searching our yard collecting edibles.” – Sabrina
“I really enjoyed the class yesterday – it was informative and fun! I plan on going to Deep Run and attempting to identify some plants and trees!” – Liz