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.
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.
Gia is the founder of Forage Plymouth and is currently undertaking a PhD that is interested in two complimentary things: urban foraging and gathering as a means to becoming ecologically literate and the creation of an urban food commons through urban foraging. To this end she has become involved in projects that seek to establish ‘Incredible Edible Plymouth’ that promotes free food in public spaces as part of a coherent urban agriculture movement. She is also working towards producing a series of maps of edible foodscapes in the city. This work arises out of a life long fascination with plants as nonhuman others and how by engaging with them we become more-than-human.
Lucy Parker studied languages at university and spent twenty years working in public relations for various companies; this included periods spent living in several European and Asian countries and a longer stint living and working in Russia. Having always been fascinated by how people live, think, believe and work in different cultures, she embarked upon a Master’s in Social Anthropology, also becoming a mother during her studies. Since then, her interests have evolved to include cultural constructions of parenting, motherhood and child-rearing, with a particular emphasis on infant feeding. She has also developed a portfolio career comprising communications consultancy for business and social enterprise, writing and lecturing.
Faye Channing is a creative advertising graduate and cafe manager who specialises in developing new businesses. She works in brand identity and creating food menus. She has two diplomas in nutrition and is currently training as a reiki practitioner. Her beliefs lie in challenging the food system through sharing awareness of where food comes from and it's nutritional values to the younger generation. She also specialises in social media.
Joanne Collins has worked as a teaching assistant for many years with children from 5-18 and currently works with young people with mental illness and Autism. As a graduate of Garden Design, she has embedded her love for growing within education; setting up school gardens and leading a project for a community garden for adults recovering from addiction. She is passionate about reconnecting people with nature and learning more about food. Foraging has always supplemented her diet, and preserving fruits has been a long tradition having learnt jam making from her Gran. Having gained much from the Family Foraging kitchen she wants to help pass this knowledge to many more people, especially those on lower incomes who could benefit from free additions to their diet. Joanne has three grown up children and is currently studying Permaculture Design.
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.
Pixie aka Tracy-Jane Stagg has been working with the FFK for two years. She grew up in Malawi in a remote village. She gained a lot of her child care and parenting values from her experience there in terms of community child rearing and community resilience. She has many years experience working with young children and families through the medium of Nature Crafts, both in Pre Schools and independently as 'Nature Nanny'.
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 at a small firm. She now works at the largest specialist family law company in the South West and carries out work in connection with divorce and finances. Anne has a particular interest in food and cookery and collects cookery books. Anne is a Trustee of Effervescent Social Alchemy, an arts charity working with children and vulnerable young people.
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 £20 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