Wild about foraging

1st August 2011 by

Courtesy of James, the intern that wouldn’t leave, we proudly present to you

The Otesha Project – Wild Summer Food Recipe Book (download here)

The book includes tips for safe and sustainable foraging and recipes from the Invisible Food Project.

We hope the recipe book will inspire you to get out there and forage. Foraging can be an amazing source of local, healthy, sustainable food for free. We also think that getting people outside, getting connected to their local green spaces and observing the nature around them no matter how urban they are, can only be a good thing.

If you like this you’ll love Otesha’s Wild Food Cycles, where we take an intrepid band of individuals on a cycle around London’s parks and impart our wild food knowledge at stops along the way, the ride ends with everyone getting together and enjoying a freshly foraged meal.

Otesha members get free entry to our events.

Thanks to the Invisible Food Project for help and inspiration in wild food ways.

Fantastic fables and foraged feasts

26th May 2011 by

This year we’re taking part in the Two Degrees festival by Artsadmin.

“Sitting between art and activism, performance and protest, this year’s festival is a chance to be part of artist led actions; tell your own revolutionary story, help eradicate an invasive species, go on a mass bingo bike ride, ask an expert about the future or exchange your own personal and political views for a free haircut.”

The festival kicks off on Sunday 12th June with Cycle Sunday at the Arcola Theatre in Hackney. We’ll be there leading a Wild Food Cycle from Dalston to the Lea Valley. The Wild Food Cycle is inspired by the work of the Invisible Food Project, which brings people together in their local green spaces to hunt for wild food, which they then cook and eat together. We too will be exploring urban green spaces, foraging and sharing food.

We’ve roped in Adam Weymouth, a walker, writer and storyteller to accompany us on this walk. Adam recently spent 8 months walking to Istanbul and is interested in slow travel, the hospitality of strangers, plant folklore and being nourished (literally) by a journey. Hopefully he’s going to tell us a story or two.

There may (or may not) also be drawing, sunny weather and the discovery of amazing things. There will definitely be walking, talking and eating.

If you want to join the Wild Food Cycle but you don’t, can’t or won’t cycle, contact jo@otesha.org.uk to arrange meeting us for the forage, which will all be done on foot. Otherwise meet us, astride your bike, at the Arcola Theatre at 3.30pm.

There will be a trailer load of other bike-themed events on the 12th, from pedal powered freegan smoothies, to bike customising and maintenance.

P.s. This event is free.

Gears and Gastronomy

6th May 2011 by

The much-loved Otesha Wild Food Cycles are back!

The Wild Food Cycle is taking place on the 4th of June from 10.30am to 2.30pm. Join us and you can expect a day in and out of the saddle learning, discovering and eating all the different shades and shapes of wild food that are on offer in London. The ride will end with a communal meal prepared from all the lovely wild food that has been collected throughout the day, and it will be guided by Ceri who runs the Invisible Food Project.

Last year’s wild food cycle

The ride will cost £10 which includes food and drink, with all proceeds going to Otesha and to the Invisible Food Project.

Participants should be comfortable riding on the road and need to bring a bike helmet. If you don’t have your own bike don’t worry – the meeting point is near a Boris bikes stand so you can use a blue bike from the cycle hire scheme instead.

If a Wild Food Cycle sounds like your kind of thing, email james@otesha.org.uk to book your place.


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