Passion For Fruit

Learning what is safe to eat in the wild can be tasty, cost saving, fun, and even help control some invasive species.

On Wednesday, Sept. 10, those interested can learn to identify fall fruits, greens and nuts as well as other wild edibles at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary’s “Wild Edibles” workshop. From 6-8:30 p.m. workshop participants will discover how to recognize edible plants and distinguish them from those that may look similar.

Some people forage for survival, others to save on their grocery bill. Foraging can also be a wonderful way to spend time outside, learn plant identification, try new foods and strengthen connection to the earth and the food it produces.

The class will start indoors with some basic ground rules and safety considerations about harvesting wild edibles. Then it will head outside to identify edibles available in the fall as well as covering some plants people definitely do not want to eat. Back inside, there will be samples of edibles and discussion of easy ways to make wild plants part of a meal.

Katie Finch, the course instructor, is a naturalist at Audubon who has been eating “weeds” for several years.

The class includes a walk up to 1 mile on flat ground. Remember to dress for the weather. The cost is $16 or $12 for Friends of the Nature Center. Class size is limited. Reservations are required by Monday, Sept. 8, by calling 569-2345 or using the online form by clicking on “Wild Edibles” at www.jamestownaudubon.org.

Audubon education programs are funded with support from the Carnahan Jackson Foundation, Jessie Smith Darrah Fund, Holmberg Foundation, Hultquist Foundation, Johnson Foundation and the Lenna Foundation. The Audubon Center & Sanctuary is at 1600 Riverside Road, a quarter-mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. For more information, call 569-2345 or visit www.jamestownaudubon.org.