Join the Columbia Land Conservancy and Mallory O’Donnell, a wild food enthusiast, avid gatherer and gardener, and professional in the landscaping industry. While working on a wild food cookbook many years in the making, Mallory posts many photos, food and foraging tips via Instagram and longer-form blog posts on How to Cook a Weed. Their focus is on not only safe and delicious wild foods, but sustainability, ethical foraging, and engagement with the wider world of nature. In addition, to expand the culinary repertoire of everyday cooks with not only common wild and invasive plants but more overlooked materials such as conifer needles and cones, hardwood barks and saps, and wild seeds and spices.
During this Wild Food Walk we will take a walk around Old Ox Farm through fields and woods, exploring, identifying, and collecting a number of overlooked edible, sustainable food sources which are not only extremely nutritious but also can fire the culinary imagination. After the walk there will be a light assortment of food, prepared using seasonal wild ingredients as well as some of the preserved and fermented products of the wild food larder.