Kent Foraging Courses & Walks

Come on a journey of discovery in Kent with master forager Miles Irving, as you explore wild spaces and encounter the edible wild plants which inhabit them.

Our Spring forage will centre around the abundant edible wild leaves which emerge at this time, as plants respond to rising temperatures, producing greenery which can be used as nutritious and delicious foods by us.

Many of these plants are abundant and easy to find pretty much anywhere people live. So our focus will be on finding, identifying, gathering and preparing these more widespread species which can easily be gathered from your own neighbourhood.

The aim of the day is to give you practical skills you can apply back at your own home, so that you can make these wild plants part of your diet and your daily routine.

During the day we will stop several times to prepare and/or cook what we find – which at this time of year will mostly consist of wild salads, herbs and greens.

We can then all tuck into and discuss the small dishes made during these simple cooking demonstrations.

Miles will teach simple preparation methods and recipes which you can apply at home so that you can include wild plants that grow where you live in your daily meals.

Most of our day will be spent quite close to the farm building which is our premises – we won’t be hiking for long distances.

What I hope to communicate is that wildness is everywhere in the form of the edible wild plants often considered as weeds and that you can become part of the wild cycles of life – and make them part of you by gathering and eating these.

The location is a rare gem, the wild harvest delicious and Miles a wealth of knowledge when it comes to medicinal and culinary uses of wild plants. Infinitely recommended. – Teemu Arina, organizer of Europe’s top optimal health & performance conference, Biohacker Summit

When & Where Are The Kent Foraging Courses?

Sunday 6th June 2021
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Location: Chartham, Kent (location revealed after booking)
Cost: £90
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Saturday 12th June 2021
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Location: Chartham, Kent (location revealed after booking)
Cost: £90
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Sunday 20th June 2021
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Location: Chartham, Kent (location revealed after booking)
Cost: £90
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Sunday 27th June 2021
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Location: Chartham, Kent (location revealed after booking)
Cost: £90
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Saturday 10th July 2021
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Location: Chartham, Kent (location revealed after booking)
Cost: £90
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Sunday 18th July 2021
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Location: Chartham, Kent (location revealed after booking)
Cost: £90
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Sunday 5th September 2021
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Location: Chartham, Kent (location revealed after booking)
Cost: £90
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Sunday 19th September 2021
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Location: Chartham, Kent (location revealed after booking)
Cost: £90
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Sunday 3rd October 2021
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Location: Chartham, Kent (location revealed after booking)
Cost: £90
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Sunday 10th October 2021
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Location: Chartham, Kent (location revealed after booking)
Cost: £90
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Sunday 17th October 2021
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Location: Chartham, Kent (location revealed after booking)
Cost: £90
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Sunday 14th November 2021
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Location: Chartham, Kent (location revealed after booking)
Cost: £90
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Miles is a true expert who shares with deep insight the uses of wild ingredients in the old world and on the modern table. His passion and knowledge are as boundless as the landscape and edible opportunities that surround him. He is quite literally outstanding in his field. – Valentine Warner, chef, writer and occasional broadcaster.

The foraging walk with Miles opened my eyes to the extraordinary variety of delicious plants growing in the countryside, in parks, in cracks in the pavement – foraging really is for everyone. – Xanthe Clay, food writer for the Sunday Telegraph

What You Can Expect on This Kent Foraging Course

Stopping and paying attention to the edible plants, you begin a journey back into the landscape, back to active participation in the cycles of life.

Meeting a plant is like a friendly handshake; you reach out and great the plant by touching it, then take a small piece to examine more closely.

You will explore how it smells and lastly how it tastes (and maybe even how it sounds as we break a piece off…) so you meet the plant with the curiosity of all your senses.

This kind of sensory encounter re-opens channels between your body and your surroundings — channels which used to be open all the time.

To once again become familiar with the nourishing living things in our surroundings is to get back to normal, to get back in step with how every other non-human organism lives.

Every other species gets what it needs from the place where it lives. Every other creature gets all its food from a place called HERE. And ‘here’ is the wild ecology of the landscape.

Spending a few hours like this will begin to dissolve the barrier which is in place, keeping you separate from the flow of organic life which surrounds you.

Instead of the walls we usually encounter. In buildings. In cars. In packets. Walls which separate us from land like the silence between estranged people, we begin working with the semi-permeable membranes which characterise life.

Things outside you will become part of you as a result of living contact.

It starts with attention. Develops with smells, tastes, tactile surfaces, light and sound making contact with the soft, alert surfaces of your ears, eyes, nose, mouth and skin.

It culminates in the act of eating. Plant molecules of wild landscapes become part of your own body as you digest and metabolise them.

Through this whole process of engagement, you will re-enter a space of participation with your surroundings which is basic to being alive, and essential to restoring vital connection to wild nature.

Miles has an encyclopedic knowledge of the edible plants and trees that most us walk past without a second glance. His foraging walks turn the landscape into a feast and help participants to understand the rich diversity of plant foods and medicines that we could easily reintroduce into our cooking. Once you start you won’t be able to stop. – Rowan Philimore of the Gaia Foundation

About Your Kent Foraging Courses Guide

Miles Irving Kent Foraging Courses

Miles Irving is an internationally renowned wild foods expert, author and public speaker.

He has worked with some of the world’s best chefs and has been a pioneer in Europe’s Wild Food Renaissance.

In 2003, he founded Forager Ltd. Based in Kent, UK, he now acts as its CEO. The widely-respected enterprise has become the country’s best known wild food purveyor holding fast to its founding values of harvesting the highest quality wild produce always sustainably harvested with deep environmental consciousness.

He has since worked with many of the world’s top chefs such as Rene Redzepi, Alex Atala, Heston Blumenthal and Magnus Nilsson in what the industry calls the Wild Food Renaissance.

Through reconnecting to the land by gathering, preparing and cooking with wild food we can once again feel at home in our landscapes, communities and our own bodies.

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