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Meeting Miles Irving at #WFSS2015

Wild Food Summer School Forage

I made it to Blackstairs Ecotrails’ Wild food Summer School for the morning forage with Miles Irving yesterday and what a treat it was!
Miles was able to show us numerous edibles in the small area of the field we were in focusing on grasses and trees. His hope is that we can harness technology to make preparing wild food easier whilst keeping it wild and nutritious.
Here are some points I took away – please note that these are simply observations I noted and one should ALWAYS inform and educate themselves on the safety (and sustainability) of eating any wild food – check out Miles’ book on foraging here for useful tips and advice:

  • Dock weed seed is bitter but good for the liver – maybe chef’s can come up with a way to make them tasty – particularly great if they can make it something to accompany alcohal! 🙂
  • Blackberry leaves can be used to make a very nice tea
  • The young shoots of the Rowan tree taste like almond
  • You know those stickleback plants that stick to you when you walk through them? Turns out that you can use them to make a coffee type drink! Best when brown.
  • Don’t eat nettles when in flower as the crystals in them will irritate the kidneys – note that they don’t taste very nice at this time anyway…
  • Green Pine Flowers are best!

Thanks to Mary and Robert for a great event – am sure they are all still having fun! Wild Food Summer School runs until Sunday evening this weekend. Visit for details.
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Learn all about Foraging and Wild Foods

Blackstairs Eco Trails are holding a Wild Food Summer School in August Friday 8th, Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th.

The Barn, Old Rectory, Killedmond, Borris, Co. Carlow

View – The Old Recory, Killedmond on Map Here >>

When: August 8,9 & 10th

How Much:

  • Friday 8th €70
  • Saturday 9th €90
  • Sunday 10th €70
  • Booking in for all three days Friday 8th, Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th €210.


Friday August 8th

10.30 AM   Registration Tea & Coffee

11.15           Welcome and overview of Wild Food Summer School

                    Talk on Foraging, ethics and sustainability

11.45           Foraging locally

1.15             Lunch   – all organic produce

2.15            Cook Up of Wild Foraged Food

4     PM         Tea & Coffee

4.30 PM     The Big Debate with Georgina Campbell – John Gibbons-Philip McCabe-   Mary Mulvey  –  Chair Manchán Magan


6   PM        End of Debate .

8.30            Live Music in the  Barn at the Old Rectory


10.30 AM       Registration  Tea & Coffee

11       AM      Talk with Paddy Woodworth Author & Journalist

12      PM       Question and Answer session

12.45            Lunch    All Organic produce.

1.45    PM    Talk with Biddy White Lennon Author & Forager

2.45   PM     Questions and Answers

3.30   PM     Tea & Coffee

4       PM      Foraging on the River Barrow.

6        PM      Free

9        PM      Live Music and Chat in O’Sheas pub, Borris


11     AM        Registration Tea & Coffee

11.30 AM      Short Film on Foraging

12      PM      Foraging in the foothills of the Blackstairs

2       PM       Tapas Style Lunch cooked up by Celebrity Chef Rosanne Stevens

4        PM     Tea & Coffee Closing remarks and end of Wild Food Summer School

Further  changes and additions will be added in the coming weeks.

Great Accommodation for our Visitors in the Local Area