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Wed, Jul 12


Glendale Park

Forage for Urban Edibles

It’s a weed until it’s lunch.

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Forage for Urban Edibles
Forage for Urban Edibles

Time & Location

Jul 12, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Glendale Park, 1250 E Jefferson St, Iowa City, IA

About the Event

Watch where you step—you may be trampling a yummy meal.

Join us for a treasure hunt of wild edible and medicinal plants. You will learn useful properties of weeds commonly found in urban yards and how to properly harvest and prepare them.

Take home ideas for integrating wild edibles into your landscape by touring the naturalized yard of Fred Meyer, founder of Backyard Abundance. The yard has wild edibles growing in dedicated beds, in the lawn, in permaculture orchards, in vegetable gardens and in a sleep spot.

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.


  • Clothes 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 - $5, based upon your access to resources.

Backyard Abundance members receive a 10% discount. Learn about Backyard Abundance membership.


Call 319-325-6810 to reach the educator of your class.


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.


Glendale Park: 1250 E Jefferson St.

Park on the north side of Jefferson St or on Parsons Ave.

We’ll gather at the Glendale Park Shelter. Follow the paved path to the back of the park.


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 and was funded by the Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program (REAP CEP). 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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