What happen on the foraging tours?

This account below came from Kristy, a lovely WWOOFER from Uk who recently attended the Wild Food Master Class along the Cooks river.

The brochure just handed to me, ‘Stop Mowing Your Lawns Australia, Eat Them!’ says it all – reconfirming I was exactly where I wanted to be on this beautiful sunny Saturday morning; an entertaining adventure delving into the mysteriously forgotten garden that is lying in abundance right under our noses! Taking steps towards a self sustainable dream of foraging fresh free organic produce with knowledge and awareness their amazing benefits – a conscious connection with my surroundings.

Like with anything, I’m soon to remember that delving into new worlds can be quite overwhelming – so much new information – the lack of experience contributing to most of the plants looking a very green leafy similar.

With 19 other keen weed eating wannabes it was an intense day of keeping up; getting time with each plant, to touch, smell and maybe a taste – jotting down names (Latin and common), edibility, cooking methods, health benefits and interesting stories along the way! Diego is a fountain of knowledge and you don’t want to spill a drop!

A picture says a thousand words and getting a snap of the plant with the name in shot was priceless in trying to sift through the sprawling notes afterwards. Ultimately, a desire to become fluent in the language of weeds takes practice – use it or lose it! So now it’s not just remembering to stop and smell the roses, it’s remembering to take time to notice and practice identifying these wonderful plants, to reel off names and benefits if I want to hold on this new knowledge and put it to good use.

It was a priceless day, but no walk in the park!

Thanks Kristy!

About info

Diego Bonetto is a multimedia artist living and practicing in Sydney, Australia, and is a key member of artists' collectives SquatSpace and the BigFAGPress. -The SquatSpace collective has been producing ground-breaking events and projects since 2000. The group has been curated in a number of shows both in Australia and overseas. The current initiatives, the Redfern-Waterloo Tour of beauty (www.squatspace.com/redfern) tackle issues of social representation and the politics of space generated by gentrification. -The BigFagPress (BFP) is a publishing facility housed in Wooloomooloo, Sydney. The BFP is a salvaged 4-tonnes Off-set proof press. The press allows for the creation of countless artworks by keen printmakers and self-started publishers. www.bigfagpress.org Diego has also been working with WeedyConnection, an environmental art campaign. The project involves an online resource (www.weedyconnection.com), short documentary films, cooking shows, blogs, installations, prints, facebook interventions and various site-specific installations in the form of self-guided tours. WeedyConnection tackle the anthropocentric view of what environment should look like. Based on research and data provided by disciplines as far apart as biology, anthropology, paloenthology, social ecology and ethno botany it formulates ethical questions about cultural representation in times of environmental urgency.
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4 Responses to What happen on the foraging tours?

  1. Lucas says:

    i like how she says ‘fluent in the language of weeds’ – very interesting observation. it is a kind of (visual) literacy isn’t it?

  2. info says:

    Lucas! good to see someone commenting on this blog, does not happen often. I much prefer the high interaction you can have with facebook this days>> http://www.facebook.com/WildStories >>
    I’m reading a great book which would be an apt example of the ‘language of weeds’ “Weeds-in defense of nature most unloved plants” by Richard Mabey. > http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/oct/10/weeds-richard-mabey-review
    So far quite good, a bit overzealous when it comes to vocabulary, but hey, he’s a journalist..

  3. Lucas says:

    you, criticising somebody for being overzealous!


  4. Lucas says:

    by the way, this book might interest you too


    Animal, Mineral, Vegetable examines what happens when we cease to assume that only humans exert agency. Through a careful examination of medieval, early modern and contemporary lifeworlds, these essays collectively argue against ecological anthropocentricity.

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