Wild Food Summer School, 2015 Killedmond, Borris, Co.Carlow

Wild Food Summer School

The second Wild Food Summer School will be held on September 11th,12 & 13th 2015

It will will be held at the Old Rectory, Killedmond, Borris, Co. Carlow in our Eco Centre. In September  11th,12th & 13th we will have three days of foraging, debate, cook ups, great talks ,and this year demonstrations, Soap Box Talks, a selection of workshops and lots of  stalls showcasing local artisan food. From your feedback  last year we are incorporating lots more foraging and a greatly expanded programme. We look forward to welcoming you to the Blackstairs to a feast of wild food, debate, conversation and fun.

Wild Food Summer School Draft Programme September 11th, 12th, 13th September 2015

We are delighted to announce the programme for our  second Wild Food Summer School in September. We have changed the format this year with lots of new additions. More foraging, more great speakers, films, music,  Artisan Food stalls, Cheese making and  events for children. We also have a retrofitted ambulance  giving workshops on Up Cycling, Composting etc., facilitated by the Community Reuse Network Ireland (CRNI). There will be additions , changes and slight alterations to the programme but not too many!

We are offering an Early Bird Booking system , please see below for options for each day. So here we go with our programme!


10.30am:  Tea & Coffee and Registration / Welcome from Mary and Robert

11.20am:  Foraging with Miles Irving Author of the Forager’s Handbook – The Bible for foragers!

1pm:  Lunch

2pm:  Cook up with Miles Irving


A) Wild Food in Irish Cooking John and Sally McKenna

B)  Wild Herbs in Herbal Medecine, Jacquie Burgess

C) Cheese Making with Elizabeth Bradley

5pm: Tea & Coffee

5.30pm: Film   Soil To Celebrate International Year of Soil

7.30pm: Supper

8.45pm: Music in The Barn till late


10.30am:  Tea & Coffee Registration

11.15am:  WORKSHOPS

A)  Growing Medicinal Herbs: A sustainable  Crop for the Future by Medical Herbalists  Ross and Marina from Iona Herbal.

B) Why Irish Hedgerows Matter Dr. Liam Lysaght  National Biodiversity Data Centre

C) Why Can’t We Play Outside? A Wild Workshop for Kids.

D) Why We Should Grown Our Own with Trevor Sargent


2pm: Duncan Stewart   Telling It as  It Is

3pm: Foraging Session

5pm: Wild Foods and Craft Beer Pairings with  Seamus O Hara & Aine McAteer

6.30pm: Ends

7.17pm: Supper

8.15pm: Music in the Barn


10.30am: Tea 7 Coffee Registration

11.30am: Foraging for Berries, Nuts and Fruits.

12.30pm: Brunch with Aine – A Wild and Wonderful Feast.

1.30pm: WORKSHOP

A)Why Ireland Needs Wild Acres. Melissa Griffith tells us why Green Sod Ireland is needed.

B) To Be Confirmed

2.30pm: Catherine Fulvio, Celebrity Chef

4pm: Summer School Ends.



Morning Session 10.30am – 2pm – Includes Lunch – €40

Afternoon Session 2pm till late – €40

Full day- €70

10% OAPS/ Unwaged/Students

Free Camping.


Morning Session 10:30am – 2pm including Lunch – €50

Afternoon Session – €50

Full Day – €90

10% OAPS/ Unwaged/Students

Free Camping.

Day price 11am until close – €70

10% OAPS/ Unwaged/Students

Free Camping.

Talking about Borage

Talking about Borage.

Beech Leaf Liqueur from This Tree!

Beech Leaf Liqueur from This Tree!

Making wild garlic pesto, Blackstaris Eco Trails, Carlow Ireland

Making wild garlic pesto



Searching for cebs

Searching for cebs

May Blossom

May Blossom


Anyone interested in the great outdoors, foragers, botanists, environmentalists people interested in our environment and our changing climate, Teachers, Food bloggers, chefs and Food critics and of course people who love our unique Irish environment and who would like to eat wild safe food in contrast to food that is heavily packaged and has undergone a lot of food miles. Most of all this is going to be a  great three days of fun in the wild, learning about foraging, wild food with stimulating debates and at the end of the  day live  music in our  newly renovated green building. Our Old Barn has had a face lift. Its 1840′s appearance is still the same on the outside – it’s a protected structure but inside – ….. just wait and see.


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