Garden Foraging

Christian had spent some time learning about edible weeds over recent years. What he hadn't learnt is a way to make them tasty. 

After seeing an offer of foraging guidance from Fiona Hood he took her up on the offer. For more than an hour, the two of them wandered around Christian’s house, discussing what is edible and collecting many samples for a salad. Some of the ingredients collected included clover flowers, wood sorrel, fennel, chickweed, nasturtium, wild mustard, parsley, dock, dandelion, yarrow, plantain, a type of nettle, fuchsia and some self-seeded chard (among others!)

Fiona showed how the strongest/bitterest weeds could be blended into a dressing, while the rest formed a very healthy and surprisingly tasty salad – all freely available from the neighbourhood!

Fiona still offers this skill of hers in the timebank and this is the perfect time of year for foraging. If you're a member, you can find her offer on Community Weaver.

If you haven't joined up yet but are keen, here's how you go about it:

Join one of our weekly sign up sessions. Or if you live in the Northern Suburbs, there's a member who can join you up locally.

The next sessions coming up are:

Mon 2 Feb, 12.30 - 1.30pm, Sustainability Trust (2 Foresters Lane, off Tory St)

Mon 9 Feb, 5.30 - 6.30pm, Newtown Community Centre (cnr Rintoul & Colombo Sts)

Make sure you let Hannah know which one you can make (920 6708 or If you do not feel joining in a group just let me know.

You’ll need to bring with you:

Contact details of TWO referees.

(We speak to referees as one of our ways of ensuring the safety of members. Once you are a full member you could be invited into the home of any or many of them.)

TWO forms of ID for a police check. 

(Passport or birth cert AND another form of ID - e.g. licence, community services card etc. We do a background police check although having minor, past convictions does not automatically exclude membership.)

$10 membership fee ($5 with community services card).

Ideas about what can offer and what you might like to receive.