Foraging for Wild Food

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Event Details

Join us for a 30-minute talk on foraging for wild food, followed by a short foraging walk with Joel Pontius, an environmental professor at Goshen College's Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center. This is an outdoor program; we will meet at the pavilion at Riverbend Park. All ages are welcome to this family-friendly program! Please register in advance.

In modern times, we have all but forgotten that in our everyday landscapes, we are surrounded by healthy, biodiverse foods in the forms of wild, seasonally edible plants, seeds, mushrooms, and animals. In the wider context of the local foods movement, some communities are rediscovering and relearning how to forage. How do seasonal practices of foraging contribute to connection with place, self, and other? This interactive talk features a mix of storytelling, poetry, discussion, and a guided foraging walk to create space for participants to consider their own relationships with land and water in Indiana through their diets.

About the speaker: Joel Pontius is an Associate Professor of Sustainability and Environmental Education at Goshen College's Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center where he directs the Sustainability Leadership Semester. A former guide in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and current father of two daughters, Joel uses his passions as a forager, tracker, educator, writer, and storyteller to create connections between people and places, especially through experiences around wild and feral foods.

Location: Riverbend Park Pavilion (511 E. Warren Street, Middlebury)

This program has been made possible through Indiana Humanities as part of the One State / One Story project.

Event Type(s): Family Event
Age Group(s): All ages

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