growing food,

foraging for produce

and linking into our communities for support

workshops

Forage events and workshops are good fun, but they also have a hard edge in that many people are looking to save a bit of money and also get in touch with the sights, sounds, smells and feel of the environment we live in.

Food and socialising are two of the most fundamental aspects of our lives, and if these are brought together, the feel-good factor is tremendous.

Foraging

Leaves – salads and greens (spring);
Flowers – edible flowers; elder flower wine and cordials (June);
Fruit – jams, jellies and desserts (August to October);
Wines and sloe gin (August to November);
Fungi (autumn);
Seashore and coast (spring to autumn)

Garden produce (spring to autumn)

Jams and wines;
Chutneys; Salads and dressings;
Soups and comfort food;
Grow your own

Traditional baking and cooking

Griddle soda bread;
Potato bread;
Wholemeal bread;
Scones and pancakes;
Oatcakes and flakemeal biscuits;
Lemonade and ginger beer

Seasonal crafts

St. Brigids’ Crosses;
Christmas Wreaths;
St. Valentines Day decorations

Sewing and upcycling

Basic sewing skills, making a pin cushion, making a simple sewing kit;
Embroidery made simple;
Children’s coats and bonnets

Wildlife identification

Birds and birdsong;
Wildflowers;
What’s out and about in your area

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We are Mary and Dermot Hughes from Belfast, Northern Ireland, and we want to inspire and enable people to live better lives in tune with nature and the earth. We’ve been around a bit, so we feel we’ve got something to give and have in turn tried to bestow some of our values on our children.
Unfortunately Mary died in December 2015, but her spirit lives on in this project – her kindness, inspiration and goodness have touched so many people since Forage began. Dermot will keep going and try and pass on our values and ethos as before.

We can go to you, or you come to us. We have the basic equipment to run a workshop wherever we are needed, and we even have a cooker and crockery too.

A tap and a sink nearby is usually all we need, although the better the facilities, the easier it is to run the workshop.