The Wild Foragers Society was created in April 2013 by pals and then colleagues Lee Earl & Rebecca (Becky) Lamb from their own passion for learning about edible landscapes, even our very urban one here in Toronto. As we stumbled upon new plants and shared our geekish enthusiasm, we started to notice a trend of people who were eager and excited to learn about local plants, weeds, trees etc – but couldn’t find any accessible human resources for the casual learner. Many looked to thick field guides or were overwhelmed with the variety of unregulated online content, and although both can be useful, nothing really replaces having a person who knows a plant give you a proper in-person introduction. As a pair of enthusiasts, not experts, we wanted to provide a safe space for sharing the knowledge around wild plants and so we started hosting a meet-up (or ‘frolic’) once a month on a seasonally relevant topic with anyone/everyone welcome to join.
Starting in 2016, meet-ups will take place on the third Sunday of each month from 10am to 1 pm. If there is a holiday or long weekend falling in that scheduled weekend we reschedule for the next Sunday. Locations are based on what’s in season and accessible to most people so exact spots are announced a few days prior to the frolic on our Facebook page or sign up to receive our e-newsletter reminding you of frolics and their meeting details.
Whether you’re curious about eating Dandelions, or a seasoned pro at climbing Mulberry trees – we welcome you to come frolic about the urban jungle of Toronto with us!
Cultivating the plant curious,
Lee & Rebecca (Becky)