Foraging

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FORAGING is a profile subject which combines nature appreciation, outdoor life and gastronomy. We take a practical approach to nature: we wish to use it for pleasure and benefit. Our primary focus will be on nature’s larder of readily available foodstuffs. Students will learn to forage, that is to say find edible raw materials in nature and prepare these for the table.

Inspiration and partnership

The profile subject FORAGING has a close affinity with VILD MAD (the Danish Foraging Project). We are interested in cooperation with VILD MAD since we share a fellowship of ideas with them and value their expertise. An impression of VILD MAD can be gained by consulting the bilingual site https://vildmad.dk/dk  

The profile subject in practice

We will forage - locate and collect edible foodstuffs in our local area. Usually we will prepare them at the school but sometimes we will do this in nature. Foraging and preparation will often occur on separate days. We will gain theoretical knowledge of nature - but of a practical kind, directly linked to our daily foraging. Students will encounter some or all of the following: herbs, mushrooms, seeds, berries, fruit, seaweed and nuts. The culinary results may include mushroom soup, main courses with herbal ingredients, conserves, desserts, tea and drinks. We will also take a closer look at the healing power of herbs, real or imagined. We hope to invite other people from outside the school to forage with us or to share their expertise.

Trying out what we have learnt: the hiking trip

The final phase of our subject includes an extended hiking trip in our part of Denmark. We will find wild foodstuffs and prepare them on a campfire or on outdoor cooking equipment. We will spend the night in shelters or in tents. We will gain acquaintance with various landscapes and biotypes. The landscape is alive with traces of former human activity: we will also keep our eyes open for these. The culmination of this trip will be to pitch camp at Ørnedalsbugten on Mariager Fjord, a spot where we can fish for sea trout.

Languages

English and Danish. Students will learn the names of all wild foodstuffs in either English or Danish.

Who could be interested?

Students who are interested in some or all of the following: 

  • Gastronomy
  • Outdoor life
  • Herbal lore,
  • Sustainability
  • Nature generally

Foreign students may find the subject a useful pathway to learn more about Denmark

Likely partners

  • Nature guide in Vesthimmerlands Kommune, Karen Winther
  • Nature guide in Aalborg Kommune, Ole B. Henrichsen
  • Naturekspeditionen.dk
  • VILD MAD projektet (The Danish Foraging Project)

Teacher

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Luke Cookson

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