Summer & Autumn Hikes for Wild Food
through the Forests and Open Spaces of Opus 40

Sunday, June 27 & October 17, 2021
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

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The woods around the Opus 40 site contain a beautiful and typical mix of Northeastern trees with a variety that shows off many different mini-ecologies of our local woodland. Most of these trees provide shelter and food for wildlife, as well as overlooked edible foods for human beings. On our walk, we will discuss the hitherto seldom explored edible uses of the deep woods trees, as well as looking for edible plants and mushrooms that we might encounter along the way. We will also discuss some of the broader aspects of wild food that are often ignored by popular literature and trendy foraging blogs and websites, including the ethical and sustainability issues raised by foraging.

Wild food and beverages provided for both walks.

JUNE 27: During the late spring and early summer, wild greens and herbs are at their peak variety and vibrance — and the woods and open spaces around Opus 40 are filled with edible plants common to the Hudson River Valley and much of the Northeast United States.

OCTOBER 17: This walk will last one and a half to two hours, taking in the open spaces of the park as well as the deeper woods in this magical time of peak foliage. There will be time afterwards for a question and answer period, and a light snack made with wild ingredients.

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Mallory O’Donnell is a wild food enthusiast, avid gatherer and gardener, and professional in the landscaping industry. While working on a wild food cookbook many years in the making, Mallory posts many photos, food and foraging tips via Instagram and longer-form blog posts on How to Cook a Weed. Their focus is on not only safe and delicious wild foods, but sustainability, ethical foraging, and engagement with the wider world of nature. In addition, to expand the culinary repertoire of everyday cooks with not only common wild and invasive plants but more overlooked materials such as conifer needles and cones, hardwood barks and saps, and wild seeds and spices.

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