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Hedge-U-cation runs wild cookery and nutrition group sessions; combining edibles collected on our foraging walks, fresh produce grown in our gardens and allotments, and locally sourced ingredients.

The aim of the wild food and homegrown nutrition group is to inspire confidence and creativity in the kitchen, and promote positive eating for healthy minds and bodies, by planning and preparing meals together.

From fresh salads, homegrown vegetables and exciting meal combinations to pies, puddings and preserves, you’ll learn how to produce and create your own healthy food, on a budget, from scratch. Try new flavours, experiment with recipes, and share the results of your endeavours in the group and at home. Learn the art of lacto-fermentation; a natural, traditional method of preserving food.

Making preserves at a workshop
Learning the traditional art of lacto-fermentation at a Hedge-U-cation workshop

Our wild cookery and homegrown nutrition group is open to everyone. We feel that our group sessions can be particularly beneficial for young people and adults on low incomes, people affected by social isolation, people living with mental and/or physical health complications, and those who aren’t usually very adventurous with their eating habits.

Poor nutrition can be detrimental to both physical and mental health, and is associated with a whole host of complications, from anxiety, depression and general low mood, to obesity, hypertension, diabetes, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease and even some cancers. A varied and balanced diet that includes plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, alongside regular exercise, can help us to feel better, heal faster, and is a key factor to good health.

We hope that by fostering a positive attitude to the sourcing, growing, planning and preparation of food, we can help people from all walks of life to take enjoyment in cooking and eating healthily.

By exploring nature, foraging, gardening and growing food together, and then preparing food and sharing meals, participants are enabled to take part in fun, low-impact physical exercise, make friends and improve their diets at the same time.

At the moment, our wild cookery and homegrown nutrition group is a brand new venture. As we go along, we will add recipes and meal planning ideas to our Hedge Food Blog. Teachers, participants and readers will be encouraged to share their own recipes, comments and reviews. We hope that this will become a useful reference tool, and we’d love you to be involved!

For more information about our wild cookery and homegrown nutrition group sessions, or to contribute recipes for inclusion in the Hedge Food Blog, please contact us here.