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Wed, May 18


Local Parks around Iowa City

Series: Forage Wild Edibles with Confidence

Come walk with us… Meander, identify and munch the most common wild edibles found in urban backyards and parks.

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Series: Forage Wild Edibles with Confidence
Series: Forage Wild Edibles with Confidence

Time & Location

May 18, 2022, 5:55 PM – 7:25 PM

Local Parks around Iowa City, Iowa City, IA, USA

About the Event

How did our ancestors thrive in the Midwest on seemingly so little available food? During this series, you will learn how to walk into any Midwest landscape and confidently find edible berries, nuts, greens and mushrooms.

Recipes, informational handouts and book recommendations will be provided during each class.

Classes in this series happen Wednesdays at 6:00 pm.

  • May 18: Meet New Edible Friends - Let's make finding wild food easier.
  • Jun 29: Early Summer Forage - Practice finding yummy greens and berries through playful activities.
  • Aug 3: Forage for Primitive Fire - Fire-making is a fundamental survival skill that will boost your confidence and increase your enjoyment when hiking and camping.
  • Aug 24: Mushroom Foraging 101 - Learn to safely and enjoyably forage for mushrooms, including the best conditions for foraging and how to identify mushrooms.

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

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

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: $80 - $0, based upon your access to resources.

Save 20% by registering here for all 4 classes in the series.

Harvest Preserve and Backyard Abundance members may receive a 10% discount.


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


Taught by Fred Meyer, Jen Kardos and Annie Ventullo, experienced teachers and 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.
  • Annie offers her guidance as a skilled and proficient mycophile.


We meet at two Iowa City locations based upon the class:

  • Hickory Hill Park south entrance, 1439 Bloomington St.
  • Harvest Preserve, 1645 N Scott Blvd.


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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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