Vix Hill-Ryder founded The Family Foraging Kitchen in 2013. She is a wild food teacher and cook, mother to two children and is a successful and award winning social entrepreneur who works to tackle food poverty and malnutrition within her community. She has an MA in English Literature and spent many years teaching English as a foreign language both in the UK and in Japan and Thailand before forging a successful career in the third sector. She worked for various UK charities within logistics, fundraising, trust/foundation and lottery grant management. She also spent a year in Tanzania as a fundraising manager for a small international NGO.
Julie has a background of over 10 years’ experience as a corporate lawyer but undertook a change in direction following a career break to raise her family. She now focuses on working for a variety of social justice causes, most recently co-founding a non-profit that seeks to normalise the conversation around children’s mental health. She lives in the middle of Devon and is happiest out in the wilds of Dartmoor. She’s an enthusiastic amateur forager and family cook, with a growing interest in herbal remedies.
Duncan Hill-Ryder (Hill) helped his wife found the Family Foraging Kitchen in 2013 and has supported her work ever since. His background is in the third sector having worked for a number of charities and fundraising companies. Between 2004 and 2008 he was the Environmental & Ethical Advisor to an international fundraising company. He has worked as a Community Educator, as Training, Recruitment and Office Manager and is currently the Director of his own small business – Enhanscapes Ltd. He also volunteered at a reconciliation festival in Bosnia twice and spent a year working for a small youth empowerment charity in East Africa. Hill runs a local performance poetry group and has performed at various venues across the country. He loves music, art and anything to do with nature and the outdoors.
Robbie has been in the landscaping industry for the last 20 years and before this he spent 8 years as a Lecturer in Horticulture & Conservation, Landforms & Ecosystems at Duchy College and Plymouth College of Further Education. He has a great love of rural crafts and is our course leader in skep making, traditional wood turning, hedge laying, coppicing, Cornish stone walling and bee keeping. Robbie and his family were lucky enough to license 11.8 acre's of land from the Antony Estate where he keeps his Apiary. In the last 18 months he gained planning permission to construct a bee store and workshop. This has generously granted the Family Foraging Kitchen the opportunity to run our rural craft courses from this beautiful site.
Anne Shears is a solicitor specialising in family law. Anne studied Law and German at Cardiff University and then completed her post graduate professional qualification in Bristol. Anne grew up in the South West and returned to train in Plymouth. She now works in a multidisciplinary firm of solicitors in Plymouth and carries out work in connection with divorce and finances. Anne has a particular interest in food and cookery and collects cookery books.
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