University Farm to offer course in September on foraging

Members of the community can learn how to safely identify, sustainably harvest, and prepare wild flora and fungi with the University Farm’s foraging course offered Saturdays in September.

This adult continuing education course offering is composed of three, three-hour classes, which will be held Sept. 14, 21 and 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Instructor Ryan Bennett, a former chef and now the Farm Food Program coordinator for Case Western Reserve University’s Squire Valleevue and Valley Ridge Farms, has spent the last 10 years foraging throughout northeast Ohio for local restaurants.

The classes will involve a large amount of hiking through the woods. Boots or hiking shoes, long pants, water bottles, bug spray and sunscreen are highly recommended.

The course fee is $75. A signed course waiver is required; the form will be emailed to registered participants. Six participants are needed to offer the course, with a minimum of 12. Attendees must be at least 18 years old.

Registration is available through CampusGroups. Credit card payment is due when registering.

For additional information, contact the farm at 216.368.0274 or