Who is mentoring for? (Application form is at the bottom of this page)
It is for anyone who is interested in increasing their knowledge of identification and edibility of wild plants, fungi and seaweed.
By working with a mentor you get a completely bespoke experience, tailored exclusively to your own interests and knowledge.
Sessions would suit:
* complete beginners through to occasional foragers looking to widen their knowledge of wild food and how to use them
*Parents who want to encourage their children outside more
*Anyone wanting to know more about the ‘weeds’ in their garden and beyond
We are also be able to offer some sessions to small groups via Zoom.
Examples of What Your Mentoring Sessions Could Cover?
Plants, fungi, seaweed
Identification help and guidance
Building confidence to know what is safe to eat, and what is not
Preserving tips – including dehydration, pickling, syrup/cordial making, fermentation
Recipes and cooking
Habitat and seasons – where and when to look for different foods
Recognising some poisonous species and how to stay safe.
What might your mentoring programme look like?
An initial online video meeting to get to know one another and establish an initial approach to future sessions.
A regular video meeting where we can review what you’ve experienced, identify any plants that you’ve found, learn what might be coming into season and plan the next period of activity.
Signposting links and further reading
One-to-one communication via WhatsApp or email to answer your questions, help with ID, photographs, cookery advice etc.
What does it cost?
I am offering this on a pay as you are able basis, including for free.
In our current lockdown and social distancing environment I am very happy to offer this service free of charge to those that can’t afford to pay. Mentoring applications will be assessed and accepted based on your interest and reasons for applying rather than your ability to pay. Whilst I have lost my foraging income for now I am lucky enough to still be able to pay my bills and feed my family at present.
I only have a limited number of mentoring places available so if you can afford to pay something, that will allow me to commit more time to mentoring. It will also allow me to offer the service to those that really can’t afford it and will also make it easier for me to continue the scheme once we are past the Covid19 restrictions.
If you would like to apply to join our mentor programme please complete the form below. We’ll normally be in touch within a few days.