seaweed foraging ireland

The Sea Gardener

Seaweed Forager Marie Power is The Sea Gardener.

Based in Co Waterford but providing foraging events nationwide Marie offers her years’ of experience and indepth knowledge of how to identify seaweed and create tasty and nutritious dishes with it.
There are a number of Sea Foraging Events throughout the year as well as the opportunity to book any of the following:


A  comprehensive introduction to foraging for and cooking seaweed, including shore walk, cookery demo and tasting and talk & slide show on health benefits.
3 hours: €30


A guided walk on the shore showing a range of edible seaweeds, the ecology of the rocky shore. Learn how to forage your own seaweed.  Finish with a beach picnic based on seaweed dishes.  A great time out for all the family.
1.5 hours: €20 per person, €50 per family of 2 adults and children.


Take the Walk on the Wild Side a step  further and  turn your foraged  seaweed  into your  own picnic food.
2 hours: €25 per person  €45 per couple / family


An evening out with a group of friends, kicking off with a short talk on the wonders of seaweed, followed by  a light supper made of delectable dishes with seaweed. BYOB and make this a night of novelty and nourishment
2 hours: €35 per person.  Group rates available.
Marie has also published a pocketbook designed for seaweed foragers, “newby” and experienced. It describes the Top Ten edible seaweeds on the Irish coast in detail, with images and drawings of each one to help identify it correctly, recipes and cookery tips for each and information on health benefits and gardening uses.
You can purchase it online here >>
Try The Sea Gardener Food Products – Seaweed bars in the following flavors: Almond & Orange or Coconut & Lime Bars or her Mushroom & Black Olive Caponata here! You can read more about them here >>
To find out more about The Sea Gardener or to book or inquire about any of her events visit
Tel: +353(0)86 8124275
Twitter:  @TheSeaGardener
Location is event based – Google map is for the Fenor, Waterford Meetup Point:

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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Seaweed Forage Waterford

Seaweed Forage / Beach Walk

Seaweed Forage / Beach Walk with Marie Power, author of The Sea Garden – a guide to seaweed cookery & foraging.
We will forage for edible seaweeds, learning how to distinguish them from inedibles and talk about how to use sea vegetables in everyday cooking.
Bring a scissors and pick some to bring home for lunch!
Wear slip-proof , and ideally waterproof footwear as we’ll be scrambling over rocks/wading in pools. Old runners are good, Reef sandals, even some crocs.
When: Sunday 10th August 2014
Where: Rathmoylan Cove (between Dunmore East & Tramore)
Meeting at the cove.
Allow 25 mins travel time from Waterford City, 10 mins from Dunmore East, 15 mins from Tramore.
Limited parking at the cove, so if you can, think about car share / pool.

  • Start Time – 11 am
  • Finish Time 12.15
  • Max group size = 20 people.
  • Cost. €15 per person. Children under 12 free.

January – February Events 2014

Eco Tourism Events Ireland Jan-Feb 2014

Coming up:
It may be Winter but there’s still lot’s of fun outdoor activities that you can enjoy with our EAI members:
Mountain Skills Course
11th January 2014 – Two day course
01st February 2014 – Two day course
Pre-Booking Essential
Lampshade (stained glass) and Jewelry (fused glass) weekend
Sat/Sun 22/23 Feb.
Pre-Booking Essential
Gold Panning Every Saturday Pre-Booking Essential
Avoca Mines Walk -Saturdays and Sundays Pre-Booking Essential
Irish Seaweed Safari – Daily – Pre-Booking Essential
Sea Kayaking and Surfing – Daily – Pre-Booking Essential
Burren Walks and Climbing Days – Pre-Booking Essential