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Jade Mellor

Coastal Forager Queen

 

Professional Forager

Bright Fires Foraging Club

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Jade grew up by the sea in Kent, the garden of England. After countless jobs and various trips around the world, she studied horticulture, got an allotment and settled her feet firmly on the ground.

To the dismay of the other allotment owners, it soon became obvious that Jade was more interested in the flourishing wild spaces in between her slug eaten, rodent nibbled crops,  and her love and fascination of weeds was born.

When Jade moved to West Wales her journey with wild food really began. After working with a local forager who supplied London restaurants with wild greens, she soon set up her own business, Wild Pickings CIC, which has been running for over a decade.  The early days were spent turning raw, wild ingredients into delicious food and bringing these to farmers markets and food festivals all over Wales.  It was here that she met countless people who wanted to learn how to forage for themselves and so she started connecting adults and children with the art of foraging.

Jade runs an array of wild food walks and workshops, focusing on the ever changing bounty the seasons have to offer. She can usually be found with her son, Berian, in tow, scrambling around the hedgerows, beaches and meadows, picking and tasting delights of the wild.  She has been a professional forager for over twelve years and is a member of the Association of Foragers.

Jade is also a keen practitioner of mindfulness. After completing a mindfulness based stress reduction course in 2014, she took these skills outside into nature and into foraging, and now shares this practice of Mindfulness in Nature.

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