Wildfood foraging sits at the heart of WildGuernsey, with workshops run for adults, families, children and school groups. Numbers from 6-20 people (approx), from 30 mins to 2 hours. An idea of topics covered are: Gathering wild food, fire lighting and fire craft, earth education, seashore and marine biology, cooking on a fire and folklore.
We offered a Wild Pilgrims Forage for The Heritage festival in 2019 – Harvesting food from the hedgerow and seashore for travellers wanting a taste of past journeys. For 2020 we have a series of 6 workshops on offer.
The natural thread linking our learning together is Permaculture, taking nature as the teacher. Permaculture is a design system based on the observation of natural ecosystems that can help us create harmonious, resilient and beneficial human systems (https://www.permaculture.org.uk/)
Back in 2009, and again in 2016 leading up to the first Sark Roots festival, we held the ‘Introduction to Permaculture’ course led by teacher Aranya (http://www.learnpermaculture.com/) .
In the lead up to the 2018 Roots festival in Sark, Aranya taught a 2 week Permaculture Design Course, the internationally recognised qualification to become a Permaculture Design teacher. We look forward to volunteering at and supporting The 4th Sark Roots festival September 2020 with another workshop. 2018’s offering was:
‘1hr seaweed forage, starting at the festival entrance, walking down to Port a la Jument bay. Getting in touch with your inner mermaid/merman to experience Sea vegetables, packed full of goodness and gifts for our bodies, both on the inside and out.’