Rox Madeira of Trossachs Wild Apothecary, who is a professional forager and herbalist, has launched a virtual ‘Little Alchemists Club’ for families to learn about edible and medicinal plants online.
Her six-month experiential course is suitable for children from ages 3 – 12 and has been tailored to allow adults to take part too.
Each month a new plant will be introduced, along with a story (written and audio versions), videos, and images. Colouring pages and course booklets will be provided online and photos from those taking part will be included in the following month’s booklet to encourage the children to engage.
The course has been designed to empower children to use their senses and encourage them to try new foods.
Those taking part are encouraged to explore their gardens, hedgerows, fields, or woodlands, under parental supervision and while adhering to social distancing guidelines.
Wild food and herbal recipes are available to cook at home. Rox will also be available throughout the course to answer any questions.
Rox was to have taken part in The Scottish Wild Food Festival, which is one of the key events of Foraging Fortnight, a LEADER funded project that draws together events across Forth Valley and Loch Lomond, Fife, Lanarkshire, Orkney and Moray.
Although the festival, which was due to take place in May, is postponed with a new date yet to be announced, it aims to encourage people of all ages to become more aware of the benefits of wild plants around us.
This year’s programme will include guided foraging walks, talks, workshops and cookery demonstrations.
Rox said: “My aim is for families to learn some easy-to-identify plants that are found in cities and the countryside, that can be used as food and medicine.
“I hope to encourage people to take care of their health whilst develop a reverence and respect for nature by noticing it and engaging with it. I personally enjoy the freedom of online courses and at this time they are the perfect way to continue learning.”
Rox Madeira is a nutritional therapist, folk herbalist, and member of the Association of Foragers, teaching about wild food, herbs and food as medicine. She is also a trained yoga teacher and studied Countryside Management.
The course is priced at £42.95 for six months or £11.95 per issue for unlimited access with downloadable booklets.
You can register online here: https://www.trossachswildapothecary.com/little-alchemists-club
Picture: Chris Watt