The Family Foraging Kitchen C.I.C. is a social enterprise that provides wild food education through foraging walks, cookery classes and also run courses in heritage skills and traditional countryside crafts.
A percentage of profit made from our ticketed walks and courses allow us to provide opportunities, such as wild food walks and cookery classes for free, to those experiencing food poverty and/or social isolation in the communities in which we work. We believe that all people should have access to wild food education and the confidence to access nutritious, sustainable, local, fresh food. For every walk or course you purchase from The Family Foraging Kitchen – you help to provide a local family the skills to find free food forever. There is a good deal of fear and misinformation surrounding the use and consumption of wild plants, and we believe that the best way to combat this is to share knowledge about how these plants can be used.
Modern agricultural methods have meant that foraging, once a part of our ancestral daily life, has faded away, replaced by regular family trips to the supermarket. We are now disconnected from the food that we eat. Given the ecological, social and environmental crises that we now face globally, humanity needs to – rather urgently and radically – examine its relationship with food, and how we acquire it. We also feel that traditional skills, craftsmanship and knowledge are in danger of being lost, especially to our children - and so we offer courses to preserve our ancestral heritage.
Foraging is about more than just food and nourishment; it gets us out into the countryside, helps to cultivate an intimate appreciation of nature, lets us explore history, science and folk lore; can bond families, strengthen communities and re-establish connections severed by modern life. The Family Foraging Kitchen is dedicated to tackling local food poverty, providing quality and affordable wild food education to the people of Cornwall; and to inspire those paying visit to the area.
Whilst our foraging walks, talks and courses travel primarily across SE Cornwall and Plymouth, we have a fixed outdoor education center for our skilled craft courses based upon the Antony Estate. Here we have an outdoor classroom, covered outdoor work and cookery area, woodland, orchard, reservoir and facilities such a compost toilet – in line with our environment and ethical policies. The facilities on site have been designed and built to accommodate for disabled accessibility.
So come to SE Cornwall and explore what we have on offer!
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