Early Autumn Edibles of Southern Vancouver Island

Facilitator: Abe Lloyd

Nature’s bounty is at its fullest as summer comes to a close and we prepare for winter. This field- based course takes to the road as we explore many different habitats that produce fantastic fruits, nuts, mushrooms, and other enticing edibles. Hands-on instruction will focus on techniques for harvesting and processing wild foods while sharing excellent harvest locations and information about traditional plant uses by the area’s First Peoples. Come fill your mind, mouth, and freezer!

Topics Covered:

  • Fruit and nut picking (huckleberries, blueberries, cranberries, crabapples, blue elderberries, garry oak acorns, and more)
  • Mushroom foraging
  • Edible seashore life
  • Ethnobotany
  • Food processing

Learning Outcomes:

  • Knowledge of when and where to harvest wild foods
  • Understanding of how to safely identify and eat wild fruits and mushrooms
  • Appreciation for traditional ethnobotanical uses of plants

Please note:

  • This course takes place on campus AND in Jordan River (approximately 1 hr north).
  • Transportation is not provided, but carpooling is suggested in the 1st day of class.

Course Dates: Early Autumn Edibles of Southern Vancouver Island

For more information about this course please contact Professional and Continuing Studies