Weeding and Feasting Oct 7
Weeding and Feasting Oct 7
Learn to identify edible weeds and how to cook a meal with them.
Learn the weeds of your garden and how to cook them.
Join renown foraging instructor Diego Bonetto and permaculture urban gardener and cook Margaret Mossakowska for a halfday workshop. Learn how to positively identify common wild edibles growing in your garden, how to process the seasonal abundance and cook a meal to be shared.
To some these weeds are a nuisance, to others they are a delicious salad and a seasonal treat. Learn about the most common species growing in your garden, along the green belts and in parks and reserves. Find out how they have been used for food, craft and natural remedies. Discover ways to safely harvest the urban 'wild' and enrich your diet with vitamins and minerals.
Diego is an edible weeds advocate based in Sydney, most famous for his offering of urban foraging workshops. Building on the knowledge acquired while growing up on a farm in Italy, Diego introduce people to the ever-present food and medicine plants that surround us. He collaborates extensively with chefs, herbalists, environmentalists and cultural workers promoting new understanding of what the environment has to offer. You see weed, Diego sees food.
Under the banner of Wild Stories Diego has been working with council and institutions to provide content for community engagement projects. Diego is now collaborating with a cluster of programmers and web producers to create WildFoodMap. WildFoodMap is a Google mapping overlay facilitating a community-driven wild food and medicine plant identification while locating it. We’ve set out to provide a platform to flag sources of free food and medicine plants (native or not) living in the landscape sharing locations and related knowledge through social media interaction.
Diego has received a substantial amount of media including a Gardening Australia appearance, articles on Marie Claire, GQ Australia, SMH, and segments on ABC and SBS.
Margaret Mossakowska is a sustainability educator, organic gardener, urban food grower and founder of Moss House. Her passion for healthy, natural living leads her to share her knowledge and skills with others through a series of workshops that are designed to empower participants and increase their confidence to create healthier and more sustainable lifestyle.
She provides talks, hands-on workshops and foraging tours for her clients who range from local councils and companies to schools and community groups. Many of these activities are documented on social media. She is also a regular contributor to the Real World Gardener segment on 2RRR community radio. The Moss House garden is opened twice a year to the public to enable visitors to see firsthand what food and medicinal plants can be grown on a suburban block in Sydney.
The idea of Moss House grew from Margaret’s desire to reconnect with her roots, these wonderful childhood days spent in rural Poland, tending her family vegetable garden, foraging for wild herbs and mushrooms and in autumn preserving hundreds of jars full of summer harvests. This is when she acquired homesteading skills, which she has spent her life cultivating, both as she raised a family and during years working in the corporate world.
Over the years Margaret was interviewed for newspapers and magazines (Northern District Times, Manly Daily, Lifestyle Asia) and her garden featured on ABC Gardening Australia program in 2016.
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What we will do:
We will take you out on a walk in a local reserve, looking at the most common edible and medicinal plants. Diego will empower participants with key identification features, advise on how to sustainably harvest and present the variety of cultural ties we have with such plants.
We will then return to Moss House Permaculture garden where we will harvest a number of plants and learn from Margaret how to process them and turn the seasonal treat into a mineral-rich meal to be shared, as well as learning how to use the plants in folk medicine.
What you will get:
Id skills and a light meal. You will also be issued with a booklet detailing the most common wild edibles of the Sydney Basin and follow up notes, recipes and links about the plants we actually talk about on the day.
What to bring:
This is a family friendly stroll in the park, bring your camera and notebook, dress for the weather. Meet at Moss House before walking to a nearby location. Please wear walking shoes.
Saturday 7 October
Time: 10am - 2pm
15 people maximum
Full address on booking