Foraging excursion planned for Downsview Park

May 6, 2018 by  

Even in the heart of a city, a green space can prove to be a source of food, and Downsview Park is no exception. The public has been invited to learn more about how they can harvest wild ingredients for their kitchen right in their own neighborhood.

The Downsview Park Education Garden will be organizing a foraging trip, and those who participate in the occasion will be learning about garlic mustard and how it can be used to make an assortment of dishes. The planners noted that, while it is considered to be an invasive weed, it does make a tasty pesto and can also be used in a variety of other ways.

Part of this stewardship activity will be to remove this plant to minimize the harm it can do to the local ecosystem. While it is open to all, anyone who is under 16 will need to have an adult with them. Attendees are also reminded to wear comfortable clothing and appropriate footwear, and to dressed for the weather. They are advised to bring along a container to hold their foraged harvest. Print shops can provide simple field guides and other materials for this type of occasion.

This opportunity to learn more about how wild food can be found even in an urban setting will be offered on June 10. Anyone who would like to register can do so on the park’s website.