Wild Foods Hike – Edible Plants and Edible Mushrooms in NC

April 26 - April 28, 2019

Three Days of Foraging Wild Edible Plants and Mushrooms in North Carolina’s Appalachians

Immerse yourself in the breathtakingly vibrant world of the Southern Appalachian springtime.  Learn to forage for wild edible plants and edible mushrooms. During this three-day adventure near Asheville, NC, we will spend some time hiking and a lot of time learning, plucking and nibbling. Seasoned experts will guide the group in plant identification, responsible harvesting, and how to use wild medicinal and edible plants and fungi.

We will pause by the trail to meet delectable weeds, edible mushrooms and native healing plants in their natural habitats.  Not only will we learn about their nutritional and medicinal properties, but we will practice sustainable harvesting as we gather their abundance.  In the evenings we will prepare these edible plants over an open fire and feast upon the tastes of the wild! Throughout the hike we’ll touch on wilderness survival.

Join us to get to know and enjoy the abundance of edible wild plants in North Carolina. Learn to safely identify and harvest wild edible mushrooms, too!

wild morel mushroom

Appalachian trail hiking gathering wild edible plants

Students learning about edible plants in North Carolina

What to Expect: Foraging, Plant Identification, Wilderness Survival Skills

This trip is an amazing opportunity to deepen your knowledge of and relationship with wild plants and edible mushrooms.  It’s also a chance to learn wilderness survival skills. Our instructors are engaging, entertaining and incredibly knowledgeable.

Participants need to be in good physical condition and provide their own snacks, lunch food, sleeping gear, backpack, and tent or other shelter.

We will meet in Weaverville, NC, and caravan to the trailhead at 9am on Friday, April 26. We will be in the woods until Sunday, April 28 at 6pm.

During this foraging class, you will learn North Carolina plant identification and become familiar with tasty weeds, edible mushrooms and wild medicinals.

At the end of the weekend, you will know how to forage for edible plants and feed yourself during a wilderness survival situation.

“The Wild Food Adventure was one of the most formative experiences that I have had. The beauty of this excursion is three-fold. The first and most obvious benefit is the opportunity to go on a guided, educational backpacking trip. The second benefit is the empowerment to realize the true bounty of this region and learn the native plants that can provide sustenance. The third and final benefit of this trip was the network of people on the trip. I met people from all walks of life, ages, and backgrounds who were interested in living closer to the earth. How can you beat hiking, learning, camping, networking, and eating like kings all in one trip?” — Jake DiSabatino


Natalie Bogwalker

Founder and Director of Wild Abundance; Instructor for Hide Tanning, Permaculture & Gardening, Homesteading, Foraging & Medicine Making, Carpentry & Natural Building, Rewilding, and Women’s Empowerment Natalie is the founder and director of the Wild Abundance.  She’s passionate about teaching and sharing skills that are essential for living harmoniously within the natural systems of the ...

Doug Elliot

Instructor for Rewilding and Foraging & Herbal Medicine Whether he’s pointing out poison ivy, pontificating on poke sallet, extolling the virtues of dandelions, or telling wild snake tales, naturalist, herbalist, and storyteller, Doug Elliott is known for his lively storytelling as well as his broad, practical, scientific and cultural knowledge of useful wild plants.  He ...

Becky Beyer

Instructor for Rewilding, Women’s Empowerment, and Foraging & Herbal Medicine Becky started her crazy love affair with all things homesteading while growing up on a farm in central New Jersey. After getting her B.S. in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Vermont, she moved to Asheville, NC, to explore all the amazing work ...

Luke Cannon

Instructor for Foraging & Herbal Medicine and Permaculture & Gardening More than a botanist, Luke is a long-time pursuer and teacher of the magic and medicine of plants. His passion to study and understand the beautiful ecological intricacies of the natural world have led him throughout the Americas and across the globe. An avid naturalist, ...

Tyler Lavenburg

Instructor for Rewilding and Homesteading Nose to the grindstone (sometimes literally), Tyler lives for unraveling the mysteries of the Earth. He first fell in love with Southern Appalachian ecology as a student at Warren Wilson College, graduating with a degree in Environmental Education. Beginning as Natalie’s first apprentice in 2009, he has since traveled around ...

Local Accommodations

This class will be held entirely outdoors on local trails.  Please be prepared with the necessary outdoor gear to sleep outside in fluctuating mountain weather.

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