The annual festival runs from September 13-15 in 2013 and will take place at the rural Wisconsin Badger Camp in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.
The Midwest Wild harvest Festival invites people of all ages, backgrounds, and experience levels. Held at the beginning of the fall harvest season, the festival is a celebration of the Midwest's bounty of wild food. The weekend combines recreation and education into an unforgettable experience.
Participants will learn about wild edibles and their uses from knowledgeable instructors and speakers. There will be activities for children and adults, field trips, presentations, demonstrations, a cooking contest, a potluck banquet, music, and lots of hands-on activities. You'll have a chance to interact with other foraging enthusiasts from around the region and beyond.
- Mike Krebill- "Foraging 101"
- Sam Thayer- Plant Walk
- George Hedgepeth- Plant walk and "Edible Wild Plants of the Great Lakes"
- Roger Rynlds- Edible Landscapes
- Linda Conroy- Plant Walk and "Making an Emergency Medicinal Medicine Kit"
- Ellen Zachos- Cooking With Wild Edibles
Children's activities include:
- Wild Edible Plant Scavenger Hunt
- Childrens Wild Edible Display Board
- Make a Foraging Basket
- Make a Foraging Journal
- Plant walk
- Leaf ID -shape/color/margin/rubbings
- Geo caching-using gps and dichotomous keys
- Dandelion cakes
The event staff will be preparing four meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday.
Friday’s dinner will be a wild food potluck featuring entrées, side dishes, breads, jams and jellies, desserts, and beverages contributed by all. Organizers say, "Wild food content is encouraged; in fact there is a $50 award for the first place dish."
Vegetarian options are available (note you're a vegetarian on your registration form).
Participants will have the option of camping or sleeping in men’s or women’s camp dorms. You are also welcome to stay at a nearby hotel if you're not up for "roughing it."
You can view the rates for various packages here. Note that work trade is an option to reduce fees.
For full rules, information and registration, see http://wildharvestfestival.org.
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