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Day 2 – UH foraging challenge


Fleabane. Photo credit: Peter Warnock.

So it’s day 2 and the photos are now flooding in from my challengers. Thank you so much for your enthusiasm!

They have been finding hog weed, ramsons,  old beech nuts, violets,  yellow dead nettle,  poisonous euphorbia, strawberry,  dandelion,  dock,  wood sorrel, elderflower and the list goes on and . . . → Read More: Day 2 – UH foraging challenge

Day 1- UH foraging challenge


My 30 day foraging challenge is underway and already I’ve received lots of lovely photos from people who have signed up for the challenge in the Netherlands,  Northern Ireland and England. Am looking forward to receiving more!

Burdock, daisy,  wild garlic,  chickweed, hawthorn leaf,  dandelion, cherry blossom,  garlic mustard,  ground elder,  rose leaf,  mugwort, honeysuckle, . . . → Read More: Day 1- UH foraging challenge

Join my 30 day challenge!

Today's weeding at the orchards.

A few years ago I challenged myself to blog every day for a year about the edible plants which I find in Amsterdam.  I loved the experience!  Now, I want to challenge you!

The 365 Frankendael project taught me a lot and helped to spread the word about ethical urban foraging. It was a . . . → Read More: Join my 30 day challenge!

Urban herbology of Mugwort


My first book is available to purchase via Kindle and Amazon.  Urban Herbology of Mugwort teaches how to find,  harvest,  preserve,  eat,  drink and craft with Artemisia vulgaris and her silken sisters. Esoteric, historic and medicinal uses of Mugwort are also explored in an accessible, down to earth way. This book is written to . . . → Read More: Urban herbology of Mugwort

Ramson mackerel spread

Urbanherbology ramson-mackerel paste

There seems hardly time to do anything except forage and garden at the moment. Spring has truely sprung and wild garlic / ramsons (Allium ursinum) is on my menu each day! As ever,  I can’t get enough of this herb and have been experimenting with how to stretch the harvest.

Mostly, I have been preserving . . . → Read More: Ramson mackerel spread

Apprenticeship places available

Hoar frost on rosehips

Hoar frost on rosehips

Update: The next start date for my course is 20th March 2017. If you need to begin before that date,  it can be arranged. 

For the past year, I’ve been running my updated apprenticeship course with an information and activity packed online course running alongside a workshop series.

I am . . . → Read More: Apprenticeship places available

Great soil for amazing herbs


​​My friend Madelon Oostwoud has written a wonderful book about growing amazing edible perennials in small gardens. Now in its second print, Een Kleine Eetbare Tuin is an absolute treasure trove of gardening information, perfectly tailored to small urban gardens. Her book is published by the KNNV and is widely available to purchase. I highly recommend . . . → Read More: Great soil for amazing herbs

Herbology recipe testing

Ayurvedic winter remedy

Dear Urban Herbies,  If you have followed this blog for the past few years you will know that I have been erratically working on a book which details herbology methods for people living in towns and cities. I have been building up my methods for herbal preparations and wild food recipes, teaching them to . . . → Read More: Herbology recipe testing

Samhain Herbology Workshop

Rosehips and hawthorn

Join my special Samhain workshop to create magical herbal gifts, lotions and potions and to explore the herbology of autumn.

We will spend over 4 hours in and around my Schellingwoude volkstuin (a wild ecological garden with wooden house, log fire etc). It is in . . . → Read More: Samhain Herbology Workshop

Apprentices Gathering – Mabon


What a pleasure it is to work with enthusiastic people on the topics I love. On Saturday, I welcomed a small group of apprentices into my home and foraging grounds, to work on a variety of preparations and experience more of the world of Urban Herbology. The apprentices are studying my online course at . . . → Read More: Apprentices Gathering – Mabon


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