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Eating weeds can be good for you, nature walk host says

“Foraging week” in Thunder Bay kicks off today.

Thunder Bay workshops focus on foraging for food

Ontario Nature is holding a foraging week in Thunder Bay where participants will learn about many aspects of wild food including identification, harvesting, preparing and storing. (Ontario Nature)
Getting Wild in the kitchen! Karen Stephenson is the creator of the website She can find food in the forest.

“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.