Many urban plants growing in concrete cracks or spontaneously popping up in parks and gardens are vilified as weeds. This view overlooks their superpowers. Weeds are tough enough to make it in New York City: resilient, adaptable, energy efficient, and useful to humans and other animals as food, shelter, materials. In this workshop, we will go on a neighborhood walk to meet some of the city’s charismatic weeds. We’ll learn the basics of safe and respectful wild plant harvests to give aspiring foragers the resources to start gathering in their own habitats. We’ll end in a hands-on meeting with Stinging Nettles: transforming these strong, feral plants into fiber, natural dye, or topical tonic, all while sipping on delicious nettle tea.
Please note this workshop will not focus on wild foraging for edible consumption. Tusha will provide some wild edibles she gathered from upstate NY.
Date: Saturday, April 28
Ticket Price: $35 pp
About Found Wild:
Tusha Yakovleva gathers wild plants in upstate New York. She is a life-long forager, thanks, in part, to her first home - Russia - where finding wild plants for food and medicine is a deeply-rooted practice. Tusha is the founder of Found Wild, a wild food subscription service. In her foraging workshops, Tusha aims to tame foraging phobias, inspire respectful harvests, and remind that the landscape's generosity is accessible by all while its ecologic fragility affects all.
*Admission to UNDERSTORY is free with the purchase of a workshop ticket.