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Wild Food & Plant Friendships

Forage & Feast

with Julie Walker of Full Circle Adventures

Ever wondered about the edible plants growing right in your backyard here in Alberta? Knowing about local edible plants can be incredibly rewarding – from boosting your self-sufficiency to adding unique flavours to your meals and deepening your connection with nature. 

Led by experienced guide Julie Walker, we’ll explore the beautiful forested foothills of Water Valley and uncover the delicious secrets of seasonal edible plants.

Date: July 28th, 2024

Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Cost: $195 per person **Includes lunch**

Located at Early Dawn Farm

Registration: Spaces are limited, and it is first come first served. 
THIS WORKSHOP IS NON-REFUNDABLE

During this fun and informative workshop, you'll:
Discover Edible Plants: Learn how to identify which plants are safe to eat and what parts to harvest.
Build Plant Relationships: Get to know the traditional uses of local plants and how to forage sustainably.
Connect with Nature and New Friends: Strengthen your bond with the earth and make lasting connections with fellow nature enthusiasts.

Foraging for local edible plants isn’t just about food – it's about sustainability, respecting the land, and understanding the natural world around you.

After our foraging adventure, we’ll sit down to enjoy a tasty, forest-inspired lunch, bringing our day of learning, laughter, and good food full circle!
 

Come prepared for any weather and be ready for some magical experiences. Whether you’re a seasoned forager or just curious about wild food, this workshop is a fantastic opportunity to expand your knowledge and enjoy the bounty of the wild.

Learn more about your Instructor: Julie Walker

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Julie Walker, owner and program director of Full Circle Adventures, has over three decades of outdoor experience. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education with a major in Outdoor Pursuits from the University of Calgary.

Since 1987, Julie has hiked extensively in Kananaskis Country, the Whaleback, and Banff National Park. Her passion is wild food harvesting and teaching sustainable practices to connect people with nature.

Julie's mission is to educate landowners, gardeners, foragers, and outdoor enthusiasts on preserving wildlands and growing native foods. In the winter, she teaches entry-level cross-country skiing.

Certifications and Memberships:
- Wilderness First Aid (80 hr)
- Interpretive Guides Association Professional Guide (4 season)
- Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors, Level 1
- Member of CPAWS and Millarville Horticultural Society

"I see the edible plants of the forest floor as an expression of the intelligence of the creator. Through seeing and understanding this intelligence, we can restore our awe and appreciation for the creator's brilliance, The intact native landscapes for me, are the purest canvas of the beauty and intelligence of creation.

I have a strong conservation ethic, which plays out in my gardening, foraging and in encouraging people to re-wild their garden with native plants. My own garden is a great example of that, and I could feed four people throughout the year, quite easily with native plants!” 

– Julie Walker

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