Become a storyteller whose prose is local and sustainable foods, both grown in gardens and wild harvested. Elevate foraging and horticulture to a new level: from earth to table. Get hands-on experience while training with our Guild Chef through a worldly spectrum of cooking techniques, principles and theories.
The Trackers Chef Apprenticeship immerses you in many cooking traditions while charting a new path for a wilder culinary culture:
Wild Foraging: Plants & More
Chef Apprentices learn about true subsistence foraging and preservation, harvesting from Fall to Spring. They explore the flavors of local wild edible plants along with seafood, meats and fungi. We journey into a world where wild plants run through our gardens and our gardens grow through the wild forest.
Cooking Technique & Safety
We explore a diverse, colorful and flavorful world of cooking techniques throughout history and the world. Every Chef Apprentice gets their Food Handlers Card, but we go beyond that as apprentices study the ergonomics of the cooking environment. Chef Apprentices learn to keep the village well fed in an ongoing celebration of local foods, health and nutrition.
Mise en place - The Ecology of Kitchen Survival
The French concept of a highly organized kitchen is more than a process for cooking, it is way of awareness and life. The ecology of kitchen survival requires a sharp and thoughtful mind. In a Wilder kitchen you have a huge diversity of ingredients available to you where truly wild tastes push the edges of flavor and root us deeply in nourishing traditions.
How it Works
Mentoring Weekends One weekend a month for nine months. Apprentices train with expert instructors at our epic outdoor locations. We provide transportation. Apprentices Grade 5-12 do four overnight expeditions, two in the fall, another two the following spring, along with four additional field days. See below for class schedule.
Skills Evenings & Open Archery Range There are also learning opportunities every week. Apprentices and their immediate family get free admission to our Skills Evenings (every Thursday) with a chance to share in related activities such as acorn processing or weaving gathering baskets. They can even choose to expand into other new skills or participate in our Open Archery Range (every Thursday, Friday, Saturday).
- Single Field Days One Saturday almost each month usually 9am -4:30pm each day
- 4 Weekend Overnights Friday Evening to Sunday
- See below for class schedule