• Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (map)
  • 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
  • Washington, DC 20003

Don’t be the last one on your block to serve a feast of roots, berries and weeds. Washington’s lawns, parks and alleys are full of good things to eat, if you know how and where to look.

Dr. Bill Schindler, an associate professor of anthropology and archaeology at Washington College in Chestertown, Md., and host of the new National Geographic series, "The Great Human Race," will take the class foraging around Capitol Hill, then return to Hill Center to cook what they’ve gathered.

A strong advocate of traditional foodways, Dr. Schindler regularly conducts workshops on foraging, prehistoric diets, fermentation, charcuterie and butchering. And he practices what he preaches: A significant portion of his family’s diet is from foods they have hunted, gathered and fermented.

Schindler and class will very likely find lambs quarters, purslane, chickweed, poke, Japanese knotweed and other treasures often invisible to the untrained eye. 

For more information and to register, visit the Hill Center. Tickets are $85