Plant Walks with Amber Westfall

Written by Denise Deby.

Dandelion by Fir0002, Wikimedia Creative Commons
Dandelion by Fir0002, Wikimedia Creative Commons

Amber Westfall is a local herbalist and wild gardener who’s known to many of us through her inspiring blog Unstuffed as well as the edible plant walks she’s led.

I’m happy to see that she’s started a new blog, the Wild Garden. She’s also creating a real-life Wild Garden, as part of Just Food’s Start-up Farm Program.

As well, Amber has organized a new series of plant walks to introduce people to the health and medicinal benefits of some of the wild plants that grow right around us in the city. During these Weed Walks, she’ll explain how to recognize, harvest and prepare wild edibles (sample wild snack included!)

The first Weed Walk is on Saturday, April 20, 2013 in Windsor Park, Old Ottawa South, with another on Wednesday, April 24, and walks continuing through the rest of spring, summer and fall. The walks are $20 each (with discount for registering for three or more). You can find out more and sign up at

You can follow Amber’s journey towards establishing a community-supported wild food and herb garden via her website. (Check out her plantable business cards that you can grow wildflowers from!)

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