Seaweed Foraging Adventure: Sonoma Coast

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Examine underwater life with resident seaweed expert Heidi Herrmann from Strong Arm Farm in Healdsburg. She’s been sustainably harvesting and selling seaweed for over a decade: she knows what to pick, how to pick it, and most importantly, how to make it taste delicious! This three-hour guided morning foray will meet on the beach in Sonoma, and be followed by a talk by Heidi on what you collected, the science of seaweed, and how to cook your catch. You can expect to collect up to 10 lbs. of edible seaweed. This is a coastal forage during low tide. You won't need to get in the ocean but we recommend wearing rain boots.

Check out this SF Chronicle piece on the classes (with a video!)

 

What: Edible Seaweed Foraging

Where: Sonoma, CA (exact location sent with tickets)

Cost: $90 (plus booking fees)

When: May, June, and July dates are now live!

 

What we'll forage:
There are several species we look for, depending on the season and weather, we may identify and sustainably harvest nori, wakame, bladder wrack and kombu to take home. You can expect a yield of up to 10 lbs during your foray on the Sonoma Coast.

 

DURATION: 

2-3 hours of foraging on the Sonoma Coast, followed by a seaside talk on the ecological, culinary, and scientific wonders of seaweed.

 

Read what one of our past foragers has to say:

Happy summer to you and hope you are enjoying the lovely weather. I wanted to pass along some feedback to you.  I took Heidi's class a few week's ago and found it to be AMAZING! I learned so much in such a short time and didn't want to leave the coast! It was magical being up so early in the day and to be foraging amongst what looked like "sludge" in the morning fog until we began to learn what everything was. Kombu! Bladderwrack! Nori! And MORE! I couldn't get enough of it.

The next fun step was to process it all, some successful and some not, and I now have my own stash of goodies. I've kept in touch with Heidi and learned more about this fascinating food. Thanks for connecting the Bay Area to this wonderfully knowledgeable and hard-working woman. More please!

- Jess from Oakland

See FAQ below for suggested gear.

Read more about Heidi and her seaweed foraging adventures in Lucky Peach: A Little Kelp From My Friends.

Got questions? Please see our detailed FAQ (below) or e-mail us at classes@foragesf.com.


Frequently Asked Questions:

Where should I stay the night before?

HipcampAirbnb The Jenner Inn

What should I bring to the forage?
4-6 medium bags/Ziplocs; a pen or Sharpie marker for labelling; and shears. We prefer gardening shears in a holster, though regular office scissors are fine. You may also want to bring water, a snack, and a camera. We will be separated from our cars during the entire duration of the foray.

What should I wear ?
Bring both a wool hat and a sun hat—weather conditions vary widely! Wear rain boots (up to mid-calf if you have them) and bring an extra pair of socks and change of clothing, just in case. Your shoes/boots should have good traction, as the shore rocks can be very unstable, sharp, and slippery.

What are the physical demands of this trip? 
There is a set of about 100 stairs leading down to the beach. While on the shore, you’ll need safe shoes to walk over the rocks, which can be slippery and unstable.

 

Have more questions? E-mail us at classes@foragesf.com!

*Please note that we do not accept cancellations within 14 days of the class. You're welcome to sell or gift your tickets to a friend—just imagine how excited they'll be!