Free Earth Day Spring Tree Tour teaches foraging in Garfield Park

Tiny OKT Tree Finder_Page_3As part of local non-profit Our Kitchen Table’s food justice mission, urban forester Laura Casaletto will again lead the free Earth Day Spring Tree Tour through Garfield Park, 334 Burton St. SE, April 22 from 6 – 7:30 p.m.


During this foraging adventure, participants will munch leaves and nibble flowers, for example,  spruce tips, the nectar inside tulip tree flowers, black locust flowers, Japanese knotweed shoots, redbud blossoms and perhaps entire linden trees!  “We’ll certainly find something nice underfoot to add to your Mother’s Day breakfast in bed,” Casaletto says. “And, you’ll get a little booklet to help you recall what you learned.”


After the outdoor tour, the group will gather back in the lodge for foraged refreshments and a brief dialogue on other in-season, urban edibles that grow in our area.


A grass-roots, nonprofit organization serving the communities of greater Grand Rapids, Our Kitchen Table (OKT) seeks to promote social justice and serve as a vehicle that empowers our neighbors so that they can improve their health and environment, and the health and environment of their children, through information, community organizing and advocacy.