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Foraging for Wild Edibles – Spring

May 19 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

$45 – $55

Foraging for wild leeks

Come enjoy the wonders of nature while foraging for wild edibles on a morning hike! Whether you’re keen to learn about nature, want to be more self-reliant or perhaps lack a green thumb, foraging is a fantastic window by which to explore the natural world and increase one’s awareness of and respect for its beauty and complexity. Wild foods are very nutritious and often have much higher amounts of minerals and nutrients than their domesticated counterparts, they not only benefit one’s nutrition but can also be a medicine and they do all the work of growing themselves for free!

Join experienced forager and nerdy biologist Luke Eckstein in exploring and gathering from what is around us. We will see what’s out right now, touch things, taste things, and discuss all aspects of foraging. We will practice our identification skills, share knowledge and get better acquainted with the world of plants (and mushrooms if we encounter any)! 


You will learn:

  • Plant Identification (maybe mushroom Identification also)
  • Sustainable harvesting
  • Risks, hazards and safety
  • More!

You will want to attend if:

  • You are curious and like to get your hands dirty
  • You want to enrich your outdoor experiences and increase your self-reliance
  • You care about nature and want to participate in and protect your local environment

You will get:

  • To harvest fresh wild edibles to take home
  • A greater awareness and appreciation of nature
  • Knowledge of what’s edible and what’s not in your own backyard

  *Please note that we cannot guarantee what will be available for harvesting 

**We will also be foraging RAIN OR SHINE. Please dress appropriately. 


*** super bonus: Ignatius is hosting their annual Spring Field Day 2018! at the same venue starting at 10:00am. You can arrive to your workshop early and join the wonderful, garden inspired activities, BBQ, and plant sale.

When:  12:00pm-3:00 pm Saturday May 19th 2018

Where: Ignatuis Jesuit Centre – 5420 ON-6, Guelph, ON N1H 6J2.  We will be meeting in the parking lot of the Orchard Park building (main building).  If you get lost, please call Luke’s cell phone at 519-573-6694.


early bird (available until May 1) – $45

Regular bird – $55

To Bring: A basket to harvest your edibles and a small, sharp knife

** You do not need to register on Eventbrite. You can send an email money transfer to ami@mingaskillbuilding.ca. Only include ticket price and HST. Do not include the Eventbrite fee in the transfer. Please be sure to send an email to Ami indicating that you are sending an e-transfer and for which workshop. 

Instructor – Luke Eckstein.

I grew up in the Kitchener-Waterloo area and I’ve been eating wild edible plants since I was little.  The first plant I ever learned to eat is a plant called Cheeses or Common Mallow.  I have no memory of how I learned it was edible, but I do remember picking and eating it from around my schoolyard by at least grade three.

I was also very lucky to grow up with a forested area behind our house where I would build forts, follow animal trails and explore.  I learned to watch out for the thorny trees (Hawthorns), the biting insects (bees and mosquitoes) and not to step on the stinky plants in the marshy areas (Skunk Cabbage).  When our family moved to another forested property, I was amazed by all the new and different plant species I found in this other kind of forest and took out two books from the library: Peterson’s Field Guide to Edible Plants and Peterson’s Field Guide to Medicinal Plants.  I indulged my curiosity learning about plants throughout high school until I had less time for this while attending university.
At university, I studied biology and was entirely amazed by subjects like genetics and cell biology, and I chose to specialize in molecular biology and microbiology.  Learning from these fields about how the world works on a scale below what we can see with our eyes is like rediscovering all sorts of things that I thought I knew.  I also took courses in plant biology and zoology and have been quite compelled by questions about the origins of life, the story of life on Earth over time and how the world of today came to be.  I am obviously still learning and will be for a very long time, but I would love to share my foraging experience and help others discover and rediscover the wonders of the world around us.

Cancellation Guidelines

  • Minga will provide a 100% refund for workshops cancelled by Minga.
  • If a registrant cancels a workshop with more than 5 days notice, a 100% refund will be issued.
  • If a registrant cancels with less than 5 days notice or does not show up, no refund will be issued.
  • The above policies apply for pre-registered workshops. Refunds or credits will not be issued for a missed class.

* Please note that we’ll be sending out information about the specifics of the workshop a few days, including a reminder of what to bring.

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May 19
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$45 – $55
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Ignatius Jesuit Centre
5420 ON-6,
Guelph, Ontario N1H 6J2 Canada
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