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Wed, May 18


Hickory Hill Park (Bloomington St)

Meet New Edible Friends

Let’s make finding wild food easier.

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Meet New Edible Friends
Meet New Edible Friends

Time & Location

May 18, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Hickory Hill Park (Bloomington St), 1439 E Bloomington St, Iowa City, IA 52240, USA

About the Event

We get it: You walk into a park (or even your own backyard) and would like to snack on wild food Mother Nature provides, but everything just looks like a wall of green. How can you differentiate tasty edibles from plants that might make you sick?

Through playful activities, you will learn patterns that help quickly sift through all that vegetation and reveal the wild edibles in your area.

You are invited no matter your level of outdoor experience. All are welcome.

Please contact us before class if mobility accommodations may be needed—we will cover quite a bit of ground during the class.

Yummy snacks generously provided by New Pioneer Co-op.


  • Standard attire and sun protection for hands-on outdoor learning: hat, jeans, sunscreen
  • A cup for drinks (optional)
  • A notebook and a pen/pencil for writing and drawing (optional)


Sliding scale fee: $25 - $0, based upon your access to resources.

This class is a part of a 4-class series. There is a 20% discount for registering for the series. (See separate Series: Forage Wild Edibles with Confidence registration).

Backyard Abundance members receive a 10% discount.


We need a minimum of 10 attendees to host the class. Please invite friends and family to ensure the event happens as scheduled. We would love to meet your loved ones.


Taught by Fred Meyer and Jen Kardos, happy foragers at Backyard Abundance.

  • Fred offers years of experience as a permaculture designer, Master Gardener, hiker and wild edible forager to help you thrive in the outdoors.
  • Jen leverages her knowledge as a horticultural therapist and functional medicine health coach to help you understand the wellness benefits of foraging and the specific health properties of each plant.


We meet at the Hickory Hill Park south entrance, 1439 Bloomington St, Iowa City.


The event is held outside. Masks are optional. We will try to maintain 6' distancing.


This class was developed in collaboration with many community partners using grant funding from the Johnson County Community Foundation and the Roy A. Hunt Foundation. It would not be possible without these sponsors and supporters. Please frequent these generous organizations to thank them for donations of time, materials and funds.


  • Abundance of Resources

    This fee is for people with expendable income. This option allows you to assist others in attending our classes by “paying it forward” for those who have less access to opportunities.

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  • Traditional Resources

    This fee is for people who have the resources they need to make ends meet and can attend our classes at full cost.

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  • Reduced Access to Resources

    This fee is for people who are working hard to make ends meet on low wages and have less access to resources and opportunities.

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  • Under Resourced

    This option is for people who have low access to resources. Examples include those with income below the poverty line, people living with mental and physical health concerns, and people experiencing insecurity in basic needs attainment.

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