“Foraging week” in Thunder Bay kicks off today.

The environmental group, Ontario Nature, is hosting a week of workshops about gathering wild greens and mushrooms.

Karen Stephenson is coming from southern Ontario to lead nature walks focused on identifying edible wild plants.

She said a number of years ago she started wondering about the weeds in her area.

"One autumn I was looking at all the goldenrod and I thought 'there has to be some goodness to this.' I started researching it and I was totally flabbergasted that all this food, you know all these plants, were a food source," said Stephenson

By gathering wild plants, Stephenson said she manages to collect about half the food she eats.