June 14, 2014, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Returning for a second year, Hal Wiggins, nationally known author and naturalist, will present a discussion and field experience in identifying edible plants found at Stratford Hall. For ages 8 and up (children must be accompanied by an adult). Cost is $10 adults, $5 children. Groups of 3 or more $3 each. FREE to FOS members. Contact Jon Bachman via email or phone 804-493-1972 for more information and/or pre-registration (suggested). The program is limited to a maximum of 40 participants, so register early.
Box lunches ($15 regular or $18 gourmet) can be pre-ordered when pre-registering for this event. Stratford’s Dining Room will also be open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The recent rise in popularity of urban farming, farmers’ markets, and foraging from nature means more people are looking for information. In The Quick Guide to Wild Edible Plants, botanists Lytton Musselman and Hal Wiggins coach naturalists on how to safely identify and prepare delicious dishes from readily available plants–and clearly indicate which ones to avoid.
In addition to a guided walk along a nature trail near the Potomac River to identify local, edible plants, Wiggins will share simple recipes and information on how to prepare a fascinating assortment of plants largely overlooked by the wild food literature. Just imagine eating delectable Rappahannock Acorn Cakes and Locust Blossom Fritters!
About the Presenter
Hal Wiggins, P.W.S. (Professional Wetland Scientist-123518) is an Environmental Scientist who works with the Regulatory Program, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Hal opened the Fredericksburg Field Office, USACE in March 1991 and has run this field office for more than 22 years, protecting wetlands and streams in Central Virginia. Hal is a co-founder of the Fredericksburg Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society and is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a B.S. in Science. Hal is an avid canoeist and routinely leads canoe excursions for the Friends of the Rappahannock and other groups, communicating the importance of identification and conservation of wetland plant communities. Hal is the author of four books including Virginia Native Plants and The Quick Guide to Wild Edible Plants.