I do custom walks, talks, classes, tours. Just email me at feralkevin (at) gmail (dot) com.
In all my classes, kids under 12 come for free (so as long as they are supervised).
Wild Edible Plants Foray May 18, 2013, 10am-12pm (Sienna Ranch, Lafayette) $40 – Join Kevin Feinstein (Feral Kevin) on a guided tour of local edible wild plants in the hills East of the Caldecott tunnel. Sample the promise of what the cool rainy season brings to our area in terms of foraging. In this class, as we have permission from the land owner, we are able to actually forage for many things! So not only bring your learning hat, but your bags and clippers, too!
Grocery Store Foraging May 25, 10am-12pm (Earthbeam Natural Foods, Burlingame, CA) $40 – Join Kevin on a guided tour of the natural foods store. Learn all about the common vegetables and other plant foods that we consume — what plant family they are in, what part is eaten, how they grow, where they are from and why, nutrition, and much more. We’ll also do a tour of the parking lot and surrounding neighborhood discussing how many wild and landscaping plants are related to the foods inside. It’s like a crash course in botany, but also a crash course in the food we eat. Possibly the most exciting way to increase our food literacy and the best way to get an introduction into the wild plants we gather as foragers as well.
Foraging Talk and Tasting TBA $30 (location TBA) – Join us for a gathering to celebrate and discuss foraging and local food. Spin the topic wheel, mingle, hear speakers Kevin Feinstein (Feral Kevin) and others address poignant foraging related subjects. Sample various foraged and local items including acorn treats, roasted bay nuts, elderberry syrup, and more. BYOB is encouraged as the event is meant to be a party/talk and food tasting.
Wild Edible Lunch
(limited number of coupons available)
Join Kevin for an edible adventure into the Bay Area’s wild and feral places. We’ll forage together, learning as we go about all the food that nature has to locally provide. We’ll discuss identification, hazards, nutrition, preparation, and the “what if’s” (as in “what if” the salmon and brodiaea bulbs were still abundant?) We’ll give you some tips on how to enhance these foods growing in your own landscape or how to get them going in your own “wild” garden. We’ll gather as many wild edibles as we can and we’ll put them into our lunch that will be supplemented with stored acorns, bay nuts, and more from Kevin’s personal cache. In addition, fresh local wild seafood will be provided.
MEETUP.COM — ForageCoCo Classes and Events
I’m also the organizer of the Meetup Group called ForageCoco (Forage Contra Costa County). I’ll try to post updates here on the site, but you can also check it out by going directly there:
Nettles and Native Bulbs: Restorative Foraging
Come join Kevin for a rare chance to work with native Brodiaea and Dichelostemma bulbs (blue dicks) in the landscape. Once a staple food for the Native Peoples, they are now rare plants in most Bay Area lands. Up until a few hundred years ago, the abundance of these plants were kept very high through smart foraging. Get a chance to revive this ancient practice, and help begin to restore these plants into abundance. Learn how to identify, harvest, tend, and prepare these amazing delicacies.
We’ll do something very similar with stinging nettles. These amazing superfoods can produce in massive quantities if given right conditions. On most properties today, this requires a bit of tending or caretaking. We’ll learn how to properly forage for nettles, helping them to produce even more food for us, as well as scout and prepare an area where we will transplant wild nettles.