About Me & About Foraging
I’m a wild food forager, chef, and educator.
Foraging has always been part of our lives… It’s healthy and fun too!
With a background in science, cookery, and natural medicine, foraging has been part of my life since I started accompanying my granny on woodland strolls as a child.
My mother also taught me so much about nature, and we were brought up on a very healthy diet which included plenty of wild food, from rabbit and pigeon to mushrooms and watercress.
What I like most about foraging is that it means being out in beautiful nature, the woods, at the seashore, in hills and meadows.
When I eat something that I picked and preserved months earlier, the memory of that day comes rushing back with the taste.
Knowing that it is organic, healthy and natural warms my heart and fills me with vitality.
My role has become connecting people to their places and heritage through wild food foraging.
Why go wild?
Foraging is seeking and gathering wild (naturally occurring) food in nature that exists all around us, but for many of us is unknown. It is the oldest human method of gathering food.
The benefits of collecting and eating wild food are many. Foraged food is healthy, ecologically interactive, tastes fantastic, and is a joy to collect!
In the modern era humanity has for the most part lost its connection to nature and the benefits of eating food in its natural state. Increasingly we see the effects of this throughout society, not least with our youth, with ever increasing rates of obesity, general poor health, depression and discontentment.
While simply eating wild foods is not the cure all for this, it is most certainly an important stepping stone towards healthier, more connected and sustainable lifestyles.
One of my foraging workshops, connecting people with the food at their feet!
Experience wild food with Mary:
Join my day workshops at various locations in Ireland and by appointment for your group. Propose a forage day in your region!
Visit my Food Foraging Workshops page for dates, locations and bookings.