Mushroom Hunts

Learn About Wild Food, Foraging and More

Wild Food Summer School 2015 #WFSS15

Blackstairs Ecotrails are holding their second Wild Food Summer School this September – 11,12 & 13th at the lovely ‘Old Rectory in Killedmond, Carlow.

They have added a number of new events and made it a much more family friendly event this year with a brilliant line up for kids on the Saturday and for all you foodies out there!
he-Forager-Handbook-Edible-BritainThere’ll be the chance to forage with  Miles Irving Author of the Forager’s Handbook – The Bible for foragers, on Friday at 11.20am, cheese making workshops, use of herbs and wild foods in cooking workshops, artisan food stalls, as well as GIY talks and Wild food & Craft Beer pairings!
For more information or to book your place visit
Tickets cost €60 (Friday only), €80 (Saturday only), €60 (Sunday only) or €190 for the full weekend. 

Wild Food Summer School 2015

More foraging, more great speakers, films, music,  Artisan Food stalls, Cheese making and  events for children. We also have a retrofitted ambulance  giving workshops on Up Cycling, Composting etc., facilitated by the Community Reuse Network Ireland (CRNI)

Foraging, Cookups and Family Fun

Eco Events Coming Up

Wild Food Summer School 2015

wildfood-summer-schoolThe second Wild Food Summer School will be held on September 11th,12 & 13th 2015 at the Old Rectory, Killedmond, Borris, Co. Carlow in the Blackstairs Ecotrails Eco Centre. Enjoy three days of foraging, debate, cook ups, great talks, demonstrations,Soap Box Talks,a selection of workshops and lots of stalls showcasing local artisan food.
Early booking advised – For more details click here >>

Guided heritage walk with a taste of shellfish along the Wild Atlantic Way at Strandhill in Sligo.

taste of sligo shellfish walkExperience a guided tour of an ancient shell midden site on stunning Culleenamore Strand with Auriel Robinson of Seatrails, where you will be greeted by Tra Ban Restaurant’s Head chef Mostafa Dadowah and proprietor Anthony Gray who will amaze you with an outdoor feast of fresh mussels cooked on an open fire.
July 26th – Pre booking essential!
For more details click here >>

Family Fun Eco Farm August Bank Holiday Weekend

family fun at crann og eco farm Enjoy a weekend of fun outdoor activities in the fabulous family friendly Crann Og Eco Farm – camp onsite or call for accommodation options.
Activities include Outdoor games in sand arena, Forest school & bushcraft, Nature arts, Campfire cooking , Slackline, Self defence, Sword fighting, Bellydancing ,Yoga for young and old, Farm yard activities, Pond dipping , Veg garden exploration, Face painting, Fancy dressing &  Campfire with storytelling, drumming, singing and much more! Booking essential – For more details click here >>

Weekend in the Hills Celt Workshop

celt workshopWeekend in the Hills is an exciting CELT (Centre for Environmental Learning and Teaching)2 day traditional skills workshop. Choose from basket weaving, long bow making, natural building, herbal remedies and lots more, including special workshops for children. September 26th and 27th 2015. For more details click here >>


Foraging With Blackstairs EcoTrails

Mushroom Hunt & Wild Food Forage

Mary has some great foraging events coming up this October from her purpose built eco centre in Killedmond, carlow:

Mushroom Workshop October 12th

A hands on all day workshop getting to know fungi. The delicious Ceps, Chanterelles etc., and learning key identification skills. The day includes visits to woods collecting specimens and after lunch, identification and a cook up of edibles
Time 10.30am-16.00

Find It, Pick It, Cook It, Eat It Workshop October 18th

A hands on all day workshop getting to know wild, safe food. Learn about the incredible edibles, the history and practice of foraging. We will cook up all the edibles we find. Includes a delicious 3 course organic lunch. This is the season for fungi, berries, fruits and nuts and we will spend time in the woods and fields.
Time 10.30am-16.00
To contact Mary for bookings or more details visit her profile page here >>

Events at Gortbrac Organic Farm

Foraging Events Tralee

GortBrac Organic Farm & Eco Cabins have some cool events coming up including:

  • 11 October: Mushroom Foraging with Jonathan Spazzi
    Learn how to identify, find and cook wild mushrooms; includes a talk and foraging walk through local woods
  • 18 October: Natural Cosmetics with Vivienne Campbell
    Natural cosmetics are easy and enjoyable to make when you know how. Items such as lip balm, moisturisers, bath bombs and face scrubs can easily be made at home in your own kitchen. This practical course will show you how. Come along and pamper yourself and learn how to make gorgeous, natural products for yourself and loved ones!
  • 08 November: Seaweed Harvesting and Cooking with John Fitzgerald
    Learn how identify, sustainably harvest and cook seaweed; includes a talk, 10 course taster lunch, seashore foraging trip, seaweed bath pack and seaweed garden fertiliser!

Contact Cathy Eastman (085 7782289) to book places or for more details or check out their events page here >>
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Eco Tour of Ireland Day 10 Part 2

A Visit to Gortbrac Organic Farm & Eco Cabins Tralee

Like magic, the rain disappeared after I left Tralee Bay Wetlands and I found myself arriving (very easily – thanks again to my trusty Smartphone companion Google Maps) at a quaint little sign for Gortbrac Organic Farm.
Gortbrac Organic Farm is much more than an Organic farm. Owned, Created (literally) and Managed by Ian and Eileen Mc Grigor – with help from Cathy Eastman :), Gortbrac Organic Farm offer comfortable private Eco Accommodation and lot’s of really cool and interesting workshops and events throughout the year. 
Workshops held here include Mushroom Foraging, Natural Cosmetics, Seaweed Foraging, Biodiversity, Woodland Management, Coppicing and oh so much more!
Ian’s background is in biodiversity and education so he can put together a customised grow plan for your school, club, business or private area based on working with what already exists and the introduction of suitable native species.
Accommodation is available and eco friendly with two eco cabins available for rent both utilising best sustainable practices yet having a bit of luxury ( regular loos anyone?) thrown in for good measure!
I really enjoyed my visit here and plan to head back very soon – for the seaweed forage if I can get out of a pre arranged date!
For contact details on how to contact Gortbrac Organic Farm online visit their profile page here >>
Listen to our EcoTour Audio with Ian here:

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Wild Mushroom Workshops

Wild Mushroom Workshops Carlow

wild mushroom huntsLearn all about wild mushrooms in the beautiful woods of the Blackstairs with Mary White of Blackstairs Ecotrails
Qualified experts will show you where mushrooms grow, why they grow there and to distinguish the edible from the inedible. We will meet at 10 .30 Killedmond for hot scones , tea and coffee.
We will have a short presentation, then off into the Blackstairs .
After our wild mushroom hunt we will come back to Killedmond for an organic lunch followed by identification of specimens and a cook-up of fungi we have found. BOOKING ESSENTIAL.
Time: 10.30AM-4PM
Price €95pp. Children over 12 years: €12
The Barn, The Old Rectory, Killedmond, Borris. Co Carlow
What to bring
Boots, small basket, warm clothing./Rain Gear.

Dates for Fungi Workshops

  • September 6th – Saturday
  • September 21st – Sunday
  • October 12th – Sunday

Wild Mushroom Foraging Event

Foraging for Wild Mushrooms Saturday 4th October 2014

The Three Towers Learn all about wild mushrooms in the beautiful woods of Kylebrack.
During this one day workshop, qualified experts will show you where mushrooms grow, why they grow there and how to distinguish the edible from the inedible.
The day will begin at 11 am with refreshments and an introductory talk on fungi in The Three Towers Eco House, followed by a forage in the surrounding woods.
After our wild mushroom hunt we will come back to The Three Towers for an organic lunch followed by identification of specimens and a cook-up of fungi we have found.
Booking is essential and must be made before 20th September 2014. 
Dont step on a cepRain gear and hiking boots or wellingtons are a must!
The Great Mushroom Forage with Robert & Mary White

  • Saturday 4th October 2014
  • 11am – 4:30pm
  • Adults: €65pp
  • €15 per child over 12 years

Why not make a weekend of it and book into one of our Eco Bedrooms or Eco Cabins…

The Three Towers Eco House offers nine bespoke eco bedrooms designed with comfort and rustic luxury in mind. Next to the Eco House sit two spacious eco cabins. One accommodates up to 6 people and the other 2/3. Less than a minutes walk away, lies a country cottage that can accommodate up 6 people in three rooms.