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Community Workshop: Foraging at the Farm

September 30, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Foraging is a search for wild food or provisions, and the act of harvesting wild edible and medicinal plants is called wild-crafting–we will be doing both in this exciting community workshop! Join Rooted Education Director Sarah Karlson and Troy Farm Manager Federica Ranelli on a plant walk to identify wild edible and medicinal plants at Troy and harvest, prepare, and enjoy the wild harvest together. We will discuss ethical harvesting practices, foraging safety, and which species can be harvested during this farm tour. You will learn how to identify plants found within the farm ecosystem, and how these plants can be used for foods and plant-based medicines. This is a great opportunity to learn about foraging and the bounty of the fall season’s wild edible and medicinal plants!

This workshop will include a complimentary foraged food tasting, drink, and plant-based medicine you can take home. We will have a menu of our wild finds, which will include:

  • Kinpira Gobo, a traditional Japanese dish made with Burdock root, a biennial plant native to Europe and Asia. We will be collecting the roots and making this recipe together in our outdoor kitchen. A recipe card will be provided detailing how this dish is prepared so you can make it again in your future foraging adventures!
  • Wild Root Coffee made from dandelion root, burdock root, and chicory root. We will forage and demonstrate how to prepare the roots and make this delicious coffee. We will also prepare a delightful tea using edible and medicinal herbs wild-crafted during our walk.
  • Juniper and pine bath salts smell divine and are known to have healing properties. Infuse your own bath salt with our custom aromatherapy essential oils bar along with other plants we may find on our walk, then take them home to enjoy or give as a gift to a friend or loved one!

Please Note:

  • Participants should be dressed for walking, dress in extra layers, and appropriate footwear. (ie no sandals)
  • No dogs (service dogs allowed)
  • Children with an adult or guardian are encouraged to attend.
  • No smoking or vaping is allowed on the premises.

Participants may bring:

  • a canvas/bag, or container for herbs collected.
  • a small recycled glass jar with a lid for your infused bath salts.
  • drinking water
  • sunglasses and sunscreen
  • A small garden shovel or pocket knife is optional. Larger shovels will be provided to share.

Saturday September 30, 10:00am-12:00pm. 502 Troy Drive, Madison. Follow the signs for the workshop. Please park on the street and meet in the outside kitchen area at the Farm. RSVP here.


September 30, 2023
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Troy Farm
502 Troy Drive
Madison, WI 53704 United States
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