Thursday 17th October – Beach Forage & Lunch with ‘The Weedy One’ – Diego Bonetto

Diego Bonetto Forage and lunch

As part of the Yila Healing Trail taking place this spring in the Shoalhaven, we are excited to be welcoming Diego Bonetto, also known as ‘The Weedy One’ to Huskisson on Thursday 17th October for a foraging expedition on the rock platform at Huskisson, followed by lunch in the Gunyah.

Diego grew up in northern Italy, where it was still common practice to collect wild produce from the land. When he moved to Australia in the mid 90s he spent many years working in orchards and garden centres and realised that his knowledge was a rare practice in modern societies. He sensed in the people around him a longing to rekindle their untapped connection to nature, and since Covid this desire for nature connection has only increased.

It is Diego’s passion to tell the story of plants, to share his knowledge and to connect with others  through mutual story telling.

Spending time with Diego in itself is a treat, he’s a wonderful storyteller, and has a deep appreciation for the natural world and our place in it, ” To tell the story of plants is my passion …I love to enable conversations around belonging, sustainability and agency, while eating food. The old stories and flavours offering an alternative for people to re-engage with their neighbourhoods and ecologies.”

He has recently released a book ‘EAT WEEDS’ – A Field Guide to Foraging  and was featured in an award winning short film (see below) , take a look and you’ll be swept up in his enthusiasm too!

Join us for a wonderful morning on the beach and rock platform at Huskisson, learning about the edible plants that inhabit the foreshore and tidal pools, before heading back to the Gunyah for a lunch and continued conversation.

WHEN: Thursday 17th October

TIME: Foraging commences at 10.ooam, lunch at 12.45pm

WHERE: Foragers meet at the Public BBQ area above Shark Net Beach, see here>.

Lunching but not foraging? Head to the Gunyah at Paperbark Camp, 571 Woollamia, Woollamia

TICKETS:  $95/person for forage + lunch & $55/person lunch only. Book online HERE .

Note this is an all-weather event and tickets are non-refundable, please ensure you are free to attend the event before purchasing.

We recommend sensible flat shoes (that might even be OK getting wet!) perhaps bring a spare pair to change into for lunch just in case. A hat and sunscreen , and depending on forecast, umbrella and appropriate wet weather gear.