"Over past years I have been enjoying the foraging walks that Vix has organised. She has developed a really excellent and diverse range of courses in foraging and related subjects. Vix is a powerhouse of energy and enthusiasm for discovering, teaching and cooking with the forgotten foods of the British Isles. Her incredible curiosity for wild plants and their uses tumbles over into the language she uses when teaching. Her cookery demonstrations, often in the open air, are always a treat to watch and the resultant food produced is a tasty reward for all those on the course. We live in an area where healthy free food grows in abundance and if you don't yet know about what to pick then connect with Vix and book the courses"
“I sometimes get very depressed where it stops me functioning, and foraging helps me manage this, especially when money is in short supply. When I need to supplement my shop bought stuff with veg because I can't afford it, I make myself go out now and find it; which helps both financially and with my depression. By the time I get back home I do feel happier and excited about the food I have picked. This is a testimony to how learning about foraging has helped me, and I am grateful to you for that. Your advice is invaluable.”
"I laughed all the way home because I could recognise so much in the hedgerows. Thank you for doing a wonderful walk in the rain and wind today. You have no idea idea how much you have changed my life for the better!"
"I had been meaning to go foraging for quite some time before I met Vix. I don’t know why but something always put me off – not the right location, the person running the course wasn’t my cup of tea, or I just couldn’t make the time offered.
With Vix everything seemed just perfect. I love Maker Heights anyway so it was a pleasure to join the group on a rather crisp Saturday morning. Vix is friendly and approachable – talking to people on a level than can connect with, rather than bombarding us with words that we had never heard of or couldn’t even pronounce.
We only walked about two minutes before we were munching the hedgerows and this didn’t stop all the way round. I often found myself giggling away actually, as Vix always had something green hanging from her lips! But this was fantastic as it encouraged us all to get involved.
The cooking demonstration was a nice added bonus to the trip and the food was delicious!
I have since been out walking with friends and picked up some wild garlic, gorse flowers, stinging nettles and pennywort and I would like to thank Vix for that. She has opened my eyes to free food which fill our hedgerows. My mates might think I’m mad but nothing beats free food!"
Emily-Jayne Smith - The Herald
"On behalf of Torpoint Mosquito Sailing Club I wish to thank you for a very interesting and informative talk on Tuesday 5 February 2016. I had loads of good feedback and looking around at the audience, they were clearly completely engaged with what you were telling them."
Brigitte Mann, Torpoint Mosquito Sailing Club
"Year 9 DT students enjoyed a wild foraging trip around the college grounds today with Vix Hill-Ryder, from The Family Foraging Kitchen. The trip, which aimed to promote the health benefits of eating straight from the hedgerow, as well as how to identify different species of wild edible plants and flowers, was a huge success, with students making their very own ‘wild edible salad’ which they enjoyed together at the end of the trip.
Vix also discussed in depth the nutrition of the plants students picked and students learnt that stinging nettles contain more iron than any other plant. Furthermore, she discussed exciting and tasty recipes that use these very ingredients; such as wild garlic mayo and a Sorrel Salsa Verde.
Of course, there was a serious aspect to the trip and Vix highlighted in detail the dangers of simply picking any flower or plant that line our hedgerow. She spent time pointing out flowers and plants that were bad for our health and stressed that students must only forage for food with a trained professional and only eat items when they are 110% sure of what it is.
A fun day was had by all, including the head teacher Andrea Hazeldine, who came and made her own salad box.
A massive thank you to Vix and Year 9 who were a real asset to the college".
Torpoint Community College
"As the Food Teacher at the Marine Academy Plymouth we booked Vix (FFF) to introduce our students to foraging in our extended learning week. Our week involved seeking out food on a budget and the end of the week ended with a foraged feast. Vix provided a few hours of rural entertainment, in the most amazing setting , my students were totally engaged and had an amazing experience. We all ended up on Kingsand beach where we had a BBQ and our foraged and 'dressed' salad... As a cookery teacher, this delivered to my students everything I wanted and more.. We are looking forward to next year, where I am hoping we can explore seaweed".
Marine Academy Plymouth
We are based on the beautiful Rame Peninsula in South East Cornwall. You can choose from hedgerow walks with stunning sea views, coastal walks that finish on the wonderful Cornish shoreline, woodland walks and even discover what's hidden in the wild urban landscapes of our nearest city, just across the water - Plymouth. We range in price from our popular monthly wild food walks (with a cookery class using the wild produce we've collected at the end also included!) for just £25 an adult and children go free. Bespoke private walks can be arranged at any time (and location of your choosing) - and we also offer exciting packages tailored for honeymooners and corporate team building days etc (please see the relevant pages on this site!). We also run courses in traditional countryside crafts - such as bee keeping, willow weaving and working with wild game.
01752 823424 / 07900 792 033