Edible Plant Foraging in Austin Gardens

May 5, 4-6PM

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By David Hammond

On May 5, from 4-6PM, in Austin Gardens (167 Forest Ave., Oak Park) professional urban forager Nance Klehm will lead an edible plant foraging expedition.

"At this time of year, what are you going to be able to find that's growing and edible," I wondered aloud to Klehm.

"Lots of stuff," she assured me.

For over 20 years, Klehm has designed landscapes, taught ecological systems and built collaborative food systems. She has also lead public urban forage walks in many major cities in the U.S. and abroad, including Chicago, Portland, NYC, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, Warsaw, Copenhagen, Montreal, and Mexico City,.

Klehm was named an Utne Visionary of 2012 for her urban foraging.

The planned urban forage in Austin Gardens will be an informal walk through spontaneous and cultivated vegetation.  "Along the walk," Klehm explains, "we'll learn to identify plants and hear their botanical histories and stories of their use by animals and humans. We'll also share stories about our own experiences with these plants."

The Austin urban forage begins with an herbal beverage and ends with an herbal food shared over discussion of our experience and a Q&A session.

The cost for this urban forage is $10 for children 6-12 and $20 for those 13 and above. If you want to see how much there already is to eat in Austin Gardens, meet me, Klehm and others at the park entrance, 167 Forest, at 4PM on May 5.

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