August 17-19, 2015 | 9am-4pm
Vermont Tech - Randolph Center Campus.
Field trips will be taken off campus but will depart and return from the appropriate campus each day.
The basic course cost is $250.
There is the option to take this course for academic credit for an additional fee of $100. Lodging is available on campus at a very competitive rate. Please inquire about options when you register.
(Part 3 of a course of study that can lead to certification by the Wild food Gatherers Guild). This class is a stand alone class or may be used towards the Wild Food Gatherers Guild Certification - Level One
This course is intended for the student with a background in wild food collecting who wants to take it to the next level. There will be a review of the history and current practices of wildcrafting vs foraging and the implication of both on the habitat. The value of native and introduced plants and mushrooms, including possible health benefits, culinary uses, and environmental impact, will be covered and how to determine appropriate marketing options, i.e, wholesale, retail, direct, restaurants, etc. Includes the use of technology for tracking logs, documentation, billing, safe food handling, insurance and state and federal regulations. Marketing wild food is not difficult but requires a level of "hands on" expertise.
After successful completion of all course work and a score of 100% on all examinations, of all three courses, students will be eligible for the Wild Food Gatherers Guild Certification - Level One. This is in anticipation of Revised 2013 FDS Food Codes.
Students interested in natural resources, marketing and entrepreneurial practices, environmental impacts and sustainability will benefit from this course.