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.
After learning how to identify 20 delicious, wild plants found right here in the greater Richmond area, we’ll harvest what we’ve learned and prepare a few dishes together – salad, a fritata with wild greens, ice cream with a wild spice, muffins, sassafras tea, and cooked greens.
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:
September 5, 2019 – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Sign Up!
September 21, 2019 – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Sign Up!
October 5, 2019 – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Sign Up!
October 26, 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