WILD SPRING FORAGE WORKSHOP SERIESCome to Metchosin Farm and start your journey of ethical foraging!
SUNDAY, MARCH 12TH, 2023 – 9am-12pm
SATURDAY, APRIL 22ND, 2023 – 9am-12pm
In this second of our Farmer-Forager workshop series, you will enjoy a seasonally-inspired harvest and plant ID walk around Metchosin Farm. We will use the gathered plants to make a soothing botanical-infused oil perfect for chapped/dry skin, enjoy a wild greens farm spring salad rich in nutrients and continue learning about plant propagation and stewardship/reciprocity.
Participants will each bring home a botanical oil, propagated plants, and 3 seed packages related to the workshop topic.
SUNDAY, MAY 28TH, 2023 – 9am-12pm
- $125 each
- $115 each for 2 sessions
- $105 each for 3 sessions
Materials to bring: BYOB (Bring Your Own Basket), snips, gloves (nettles!), small chopping board and paring/chopping knives, small and medium metal bowls, spoon and fork, and insulated mug. Fiona will teach you how to sharpen any dull knives! A farm snack is included, with our signature lavender coffee, farm-created herbal tea, and Dan’s famous apple oatmeal cookies.
Fiona Hamersley Chambers
Fiona Hamersley Chambers is an ethnobotanist whose research focuses on traditional foods and how northwest coast First Peoples managed and co-evolved with their plant resources. Her PhD work on B.C.’s Central Coast, working collaboratively with the Heiltsuk First Nation and supervised by renowned ethnobotanist Dr. Nancy J Turner, investigates how key berry plants were cultivated and owned in ‘gardens’.
Fiona is a long-time organic farmer and commercial seed grower specializing in food plants and soft fruit production. She holds an MA from the University of Victoria (French and Environmental Studies), an MSc from Oxford (Environmental Change and Management), and a Masters in Environmental Design from the University of Calgary. She has authored or co-authored numerous field guides, including Wild Berries of BC and owns and operates Metchosin Farm, a small organic operation on Southern Vancouver Island specializing in heritage and locally-adapted seeds as well as a wide variety of soft fruits.
She was recently featured in The Survivorman TV Show The Wild Havest – a great foraging and culinary journey with Les Stroud and Chef Paul Rogalski – watch the full episodes below!