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Why “Hedgerow Harvest” ?

Hedgerow Harvest - Ministry of Food - 1943
Hedgerow Harvest – Ministry of Food – 1943

Hedgerow Harvest was the title of a Ministry of Food leaflet published in 1943. It was part of their massive campaign to get the country doing more making and mending and thus more saving of essential resources for the war effort. The leaflet gives instructions for jams and jellies, pickles, chutney and ketchup.

There is a wealth of wild foods in our hedgerows and fields for those who are within reach of the countryside. None of this harvest should be wasted, but be exceedingly careful how you gather it in. 

 

About James Feaver of Hedgerow Harvest

James Feaver of Hedgerow HarvestI have had a long term interest in wild food and foraging. This started in childhood with finding edible crabs and lobsters on the Gower coast of South Wales. Richard Mabey’s classic book Food for Free made a real impact. I have many memories of picking Elderflower and making drinks with it.

The outdoors has always been my natural habitat with a passion for almost all aspects of natural history and its conservation. As a keen amateur botanist I have undertaken vegetation surveys of nature reserves for a number of Wildlife Trusts. I have been interested in fungi for many years and have been a member of the Cotswold Fungus Group and more recently the Dorset Fungus Group.

In 2008, regular requests to take people foraging lead to our Spring Greens course. This sold out in no time and more dates were added to meet demand. The range of foraging and wild food courses we offer has increased over time. I now live in Dorset and work full-time on foraging courses and a truffle hunting business “The English Truffle Company“.

We are fully insured, hold an outdoor first aid qualification and are CRB (Enhanced Disclosure) checked. We are also an active member of The Association of Foragers.