York Foraging Courses
Come on one of Robin Harford’s highly acclaimed York Foraging Courses. York is the perfect city to discover the magical wild edible plants that grow right under your nose.
Robin Harford’s York foraging courses take you on an amazing journey around the city. You will have your eyes opened as he reveals the delicious and highly nutritious treats that are available for free under our very noses.
On our York foraging courses, you’ll uncover a secret world of foraging possibilities, and learn…
- How to identify wild edible plants around York
- How to cook, prepare and preserve these plants
- About their mystery, history and folklore
- How to forage sustainably, safety guidelines, and the law
During the York foraging courses, Robin reveals the plethora of gourmet wild edible plants right under your feet. He usually covers a minimum of 20 wild edibles, and sometimes up to 40 or 50 depending on the time of year.
When it comes to learning foraging you can be assured of being in safe hands. Robin is meticulous about safety as well as sustainability. He sees foraging as an art, an ancient way to feed and sustain ourselves in a slow, graceful way.
On these York foraging courses, Robin will take you on a plant journey like no other you will have come across. He won’t simply be regurgitating facts and figures he’s read in books, he lives and breathes wild plants, and will teach you what the books simply cannot.
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Here’s What People Have Said About Previous York Foraging Courses
Honestly, it’s been one of the best mornings I’ve ever had. The course empowered me to feel confident to try these new foods. I’ve known dandelions and nettles are edible but never had the guts to go for it and pick them. You helped me to find the tools I needed to select the flavours and scents I liked and be able to imagine where they would work in the meals I enjoy preparing every day. – Sarah Toulson
Such a fascinating (and vast) topic skilfully delivered on a beautiful day in York, in an awesome location, by a warm and inspiring mentor, what more could be asked for? Thanks so much. I took so much away from the session, not just some new plant, food and medicinal knowledge but a real itch to learn more (and big smile). – Katie Dobson
What an absolutely fantastic day in York. It instilled into me the respect of our wildlife and the abundance of natural food that has been neglected in our fast food commercialised world. Robin was entertaining and every minute was a pleasure to be in his company. – David Nixon
We really enjoyed our morning with you in York. It was really informative and interesting. You really opened our eyes to some new plants that we had no idea were edible. You made it much easier to identify the plants, rather than just reading from books. We have already been out in our own area foraging for the new plants you have introduced us to. Thank you for extending our repertoire. – Vicki Hawksby-Robinson
Robin’s wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm made for a very memorable foraging day in York. It has re-awakened me to the wonders of nature’s larder which is all around us – even in the City. – Jan Di Mascio
Thanks for a really interesting day foraging round York. It was lovely to meet some new people and find out that so many of our wild plants are edible – I have quite a few growing in my garden! The tips and anecdotes made the whole experience fascinating and rewarding. – Katie Campbell
I found the day very refreshing, combining lots of fascinating information, with a hands-on experience, intellectual conversation and a unique style of creating delicious food. It was a wonderful way to spend time, and though I really enjoyed learning about the many varieties of food on our doorstep. Thank you Robin for giving me a new interest in food, and for giving some great new ideas of how to be healthy and eat ‘outside the box’. – Katie Pygott
I’d wanted to learn for some time about foraging and the course proved to be a fascinating and engaging learning experience. Robin’s knowledge was far greater than simply, “You can eat this. You can’t eat that!”. During our walk we learned the history and folk-lore attached to the plants, the culinary uses, or lack of! We learnt the correct time of the year to harvest plants. Foraging gave me true appreciation of the food I was putting into my mouth and for the first time in my life I would have felt it very appropriate to say grace. A marvellous day with an excellent tutor and a most generous host – and most definitely worth the 2 hour drive over the Pennines! – Arlene Harris
The day was outstanding, well thought out and structured with the odd bit of randomness. I feel I have the confidence to follow that same route and pick a hearty salad now. The day added a new dimension to my life and I am now known as the ‘one who eats weeds’ at work – a title I thoroughly represent and proudly. – Karen Hughes