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Midwest Wild Harvest Festival

September 29, 2017 - October 1, 2017

Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.

$125 – $150 for Full Event. For Options Visit Web Site.

This multi-day, hands-on wild food event provides education and experience finding, processing, and consuming edible wild plants and other foragables in a beautiful camp setting. Founded by wild food author and teacher Sam Thayer and now run independently by his wife Melissa Price. The Midwest Wild Harvest Festival is open to anyone from beginning to advanced foragers. This event is designed to be a wild food conference. A group of diverse instructors provide workshop options for registrants. And like all these wild food weekends, there are ample opportunities to make friends, discuss wild foods, learn and play.

Over the weekend there are a total of about 8.5 hours of outdoor workshops and activities, a keynote speaker on Friday evening and a two-hour open forum where participants share their wild food experiences and knowledge. There is a wild food potluck dinner on Friday night prior to the Keynote presentation. Participants can enter a contest for the best wild food dishes. There is general playfulness and music after dinner on Saturday night.

In 2015, John Kallas of Wild Food Adventures gave the Keynote presentation, one nature walk and 3 workshops. The 2016 keynote is to be announced.


Each year wild food educators and enthusiasts gather to teach, facilitate and learn at this three day event. Wild food educators teaching at this event typically include Sam Thayer, Mike Krebill, Leda Meredith, Ellen Zachos and others.

What is Provided

Training, hands-on experiences, field trips, meals, and camping or dormitory space.

Five meals are provided starting with the Friday evening wild food potluck and ending with Sunday morning breakfast. The Friday potluck is all about wild foods, the remaining meals are healthy organic conventional foods peppered with wild foods when possible. Meals are prepared by staff and served in an indoor dining hall.

Participants can choose to camp or stay in a dorm at the facility at no extra charge.


For people 13 on up registration runs from $125 – $150, depending on when you register.

Children 5-12 range from $75 – $100.

Children under 5 attend for free.

Check the official Midwest Wild Harvest Festival website for current pricing and informational updates. The lower cost cut off point is August 1, 2016.


September 29, 2017
October 1, 2017
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Midwest Wild Harvest Festival: Melissa Price


The Wisconsin Badger Camp
11815 Munz Ln
Prairie du Chien, WI 53821 United States
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