Foraging Wild Weeds and Seasonal Greens

By Ozark Folk Center State Park (other events)

Thursday, March 23 2023 9:00 AM 4:00 PM CDT

Total Cost of class $142; $22 registration fee to Ozark Folk Center upon signing up for class; $100 fee for class due at start of class (cash or check please); $20 non-refundable materials fee to be paid in advance when you sign up. (please send $20 materials fee to

Presented by Susan Belsinger and Tina Marie Wilcox

Join this dynamic duo for a fun, educational, and one-of-a-kind, wild-weed and-herb gathering experience. Wild, edible greens are powerful, good food and offer a variety of flavors for free. Wise gardeners and farmers the world over know and use beneficial plants that colonize the soil. This is in sharp contrast to modern landscape and agriculture methods that strive to completely control the species of plants growing on the land, regarding all volunteers as weeds. We love our weeds and eat them!

We will forage for wild weeds and then gather some seasonal greens. Then we will wash and sort through them. We will taste and discuss the individual botanicals, their virtues and health-giving benefits. We will prepare and feast upon a scrumptious salsa verde served with veggies and bread, as well as a savory green soup and a simply elegant salad of seasonal greens. We’ll also learn which weeds to preserve and we’ll make an herbal salve with chickweed and plantain, so each student can take one home.

Wear comfortable clothes for foraging outside, bring a basket and your favorite herb clippers or snippers for gathering, a kitchen knife for chopping herbs, and an apron if you wear one. Recipe handouts will be provided.

Class minimum is 4 and maximum is 12.

Looking for lodging? The Cabins at Dry Creek are located in the park just down the hill from your classroom. These comfortable climate-controlled duplex rooms are newly remodeled and offer a private bathroom, queen-sized beds, microwave and refrigerator. We offer discounts for students staying 3 or more nights. Call 870-269-3871 to book your room.