Wild foods: Foraging and feasting in Unicoi
Published 10:24 am Thursday, May 11, 2023
Join the Tanasi Arts and Heritage Center on Saturday, May 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on a foray into the woods to collect wild spring edibles plants!
Michelle Bouton of HERBalachia will begin the day at Unicoi’s Tourist Information Center, just off I-26 exit 32, with an overview of edibles in the area, basics of safe foraging, and identification of plants that will be harvested.
Also discussed will be Ethical Harvesting and Reciprocity practices, handed down by the indigenous people who tended the lands we live on. We will look at the at-risk species list and discuss ways to help those populations to increase.
After this talk, we will travel about 10 miles to harvest in an area clean of pesticides and chemicals. Please wear and bring anything needed to be comfortable in the outdoors: water, hat, sunscreen, bugspray (cookies!). A journal and harvest basket can be handy as well.
Bringing back our wild bounty, we will cook up our Wild Feast then share the foods and our experiences. Handouts with recipes will be provided to take home.
This event is hosted by Tanasi Arts and Heritage Center and financially supported by the Tennessee Arts Commission; lecture and walks will be led by Michelle Bouton and the HERBalachia team.
For advance registration (required), please visit TanasiArts.org.