The Great Lakes Foragers Gathering, (formerly the Forage and Farm Potluck and Skillshare) has quickly become the largest annual gathering of wild food enthusiasts in the Great Lakes region. To celebrate, we are expanding the event to a full weekend. You can look forward to a variety of classes covering foraging and other off-grid skills, along with some amazing wild foods to sample.
When: Friday, June 8, 4:00pm – Sunday, June 10, 2:00pm
Where: Farmlane Campground, 8020 Clear Lake Rd, Grass Lake, MI (map)
Agenda: We will continue our annual traditions, the Forage and Farm Barter and the Wild Foods Cooking Contest. Plus, there will be group foraging and fishing trips, cooking demonstrations, edible and medicinal plant walks, classes on topics like mushrooms and trapping, weekend projects to work on, evening campfire entertainment, and more. We are still working on setting up the details of schedule, but here is the basic outline we will be following. More info as we get closer to the event.
- Friday: Afternoon classes, including a group forage, and evening entertainment.
- Saturday: Classes all day, including “early bird” and “night owl” sessions. Wild Foods Cooking Contest, Forage and Farm Barter, vendors. Evening entertainment.
- Sunday: Classes until mid-day
Instructors: We have booked several top notch teachers this year.
- Sam Thayer, Forager’s Harvest
- Adam Haritan, Learn Your Land
- Jim McDonald, Herbcraft
- Rachel Mifsud and Minjung Godfrey, Will Forage for Food
- George Hedgepeth, Hungry for Adventure
- Clay Bowers, NoMI Forager
- Mike and Lewis Miller, so good at living off-grid they don’t have a website
Food: To keep costs low, we will not be hiring anyone to cook for us. Instead, we will provide the staple ingredients for breakfasts and dinners, and meals will be a combination of group cooking and eating on your own. If you are on a limited diet or are a picky eater, you should probably plan to supply most of your own food. Just in case.
- Friday: Dinner- Forager’s Stone Soup
- Saturday: Breakfast- DIY fire roasted eggs and bannock, Lunch- On your own/Wild Foods Cooking Contest, Dinner- Group effort
- Sunday: Breakfast- DIY fire roasted eggs and bannock, Lunch- On your own/Leftovers
Camping: The campground can accomodate just about anything, even the biggest, fanciest glampers. Or, if you prefer, you can sleep on the grass by a campfire.
- Weekend Pass: Campsite with electricity and all event activities and group meals: $150 individual, $275 family
- “Bare Bones” Weekend Pass: No campsite (car camping or sleeping offsite) or single small tent with no electricity, all event activities and group meals: $125 individual, $225 couple
- Day pass- Saturday 8:00am-10:00pm, includes group meals: $50
- Children 12 and under: free
Come spend the weekend enjoying great food, meeting new friends, and learning about foraging and traditional skills. Register here.
What to Bring: You will need to provide your own sleeping arrangements, a place setting for breakfasts and dinners, and your own lunches and snacks. Other things you may want to bring include:
- A Food Item for the Stone Soup Meal- If you plan to eat dinner with the group on Friday, please bring something to contribute. It shouldn’t be big. A couple of apples, a bottle of ketchup, 1/2 a gallon of milk…whatever. You will be amazed what we can do with your contributions.
- Wild Foods Cooking Contest Entry- Everyone who enters will recieve a T-shirt. To enter, you just need to make something with at least 1 foraged ingredient. (That’s right. Weed the purslane out of your garden and cover it in ranch, put a bunch of wild berries in a bowl, or bring a gallon of sumac lemonade, get a T-shirt.) If you want to enter the contest, plan to have your dish ready for sampling at lunchtime on Saturday. Cook fires will be available, and arrangements can be made for refrigeration if you need it. There will, of course, be prizes for the top entries.
- Forage and Farm Barter Items- Bring what you have too much of and trade it for something you need…foraged and farmed food items, homemade baked goods and canned goods, medicinals, soaps, crafts, extra canning jars you don’t need, hand tools you don’t use…
- Open Mic/Show and Tell Stuff- We will have an open mic/show and tell for anyone who wants to participate. Bring that hide you tanned or that scarf you knitted that you are so proud of. Or bring your guitar. Or your fiddle. Or your favorite story to tell. It doesn’t matter what you show off, and it doesn’t matter if it’s particularly good. What matters is the community that forms when people share their talents.