Wild Food Business Training Programme

Friday, 29 March 2019

A unique and fully funded opportunity to take part in this specialist Wild Food Business Training Programme for businesses and entrepreneurs in the Forth Valley and Lomond Leader area.

Full Details & Application via FVL Leader


Forth Valley and Lomond LEADER (FVL) are offering this unique and fully funded opportunity to take part in a specialist Wild Food training programme, designed and delivered by Mark Williams of Galloway Wild Foods. This programme has been developed to help small businesses (existing and new starts) to develop foraging-based enterprises in the FVL LEADER area (follow links to see the boundary map of this area).

The course is designed to:

  • Expand your working knowledge of edible and useful wild plants, fungi and seaweeds across the seasons
  • Develop guiding, teaching and presentation skills
  • Support the innovation, development and marketing of wild food based events, menus and products
  • Promote ethical, sustainable and safe foraging practices
  • Establish successful wild food based businesses

What does the course involve?

  • 7 full-day indoor and outdoor training events at selected locations across the FVL area between March and November 2019
  • 1 day field trip to a coastal location outwith the FVL area
  • 5 day field trip to Finland to meet other foragers and foraging based businesses August 2019
  • Course delivered by Mark Williams of Galloway Wild Foods, with guest teachers that have particular fields of expertise
  • Design and delivery of foraging events and products for a region-wide foraging festival in September 2019
  • Mentoring of new projects and businesses

Who can apply?

  • Individuals who live and/or run a business, or aspire to run a business, with a focus on wild food, in the FVL area
  • Some prior foraging knowledge is required for aspiring foraging guides, but is not essential for food businesses/chefs
  • Anyone who feels passionate about incorporating wild food in their current or future business, and has a strong commitment to attending the entire course curriculum

We invite applications from the following types of participants (but not restricted to), based or operating in the FVL LEADER area:

  • Chefs
  • Owners of restaurants/cafes
  • Owners of existing food businesses thinking of product development
  • People thinking of setting up new food businesses which will involve wild food
  • Outdoor education and activity providers, or walking guides/rangers
  • People thinking of starting a business offering foraging walks/experiences

What does it cost?

  • The whole course, including all aspects of the overseas trip apart from travel insurance cost, is fully funded for successful applicants (actual value around £2400 per person)

Participants are asked to contribute £250 towards the programme, which will be fully refunded to them at the end of the programme if they have kept their commitments as outlined in the letter of agreement.

If the costs pose a barrier for you to take part, please get in touch with us at the time of application.

  • Successful applicants must be able to travel at their own cost to the Scottish locations

Further information and applications:

For a full description of the course curriculum, its objectives, how to apply, training dates, the commitment required from applicants, and the boundary map of the FVL area, click here.

Please read the following information before booking a Galloway Wild Foods event.

This information applies only to events booked on this website. When booking events involving GWF anywhere other than on this website,  the terms and conditions of the vendor apply, which may be different from the following.

Galloway Wild Foods is under no obligation to refund or rebook for no-shows or cancellations within 2 weeks of the event.

In the unlikely event that an event is cancelled by GWF you will receive full refund, exchange or voucher.

The only weather that causes events to be cancelled is dangerous wind. In these instances you will be notified as early as possible.

Please provide  the following information for all members of your party in the “Additional Information” box on the payment page :

  • Medical conditions
  • Mobility issues
  • Eating restrictions – differentiating between preferences (e.g. vegetarian), intolerances (e.g. gluten intolerance) and serious allergies (e.g. peanut allergy). All requirements can usually be catered for, but these differentiations are required for risk assessments.

Please ensure that  all members of your party come suitably dressed for the weather, season and event.

On all walks, for your comfort and safety, walking boots/wellies, waterproofs and spare clothes are necessary. I always recommend wellies for coastal foraging events – you are likely to get wet feet if you don’t have them!

Please bring your own drinking water.

Your learning and enjoyment may also benefit from bringing a camera, notebook, field guide, small basket/cloth bag. Feel free to bring along any of your own wild food preparations to share and talk about.

My very friendly, calm dog occasionally accompanies me on guided walks. He is not a distraction, and often adds to the entertainment as he tends to like to copy my foraging antics! If you have a specific aversion to dogs, please check with me before booking – I don’t necessarily need to bring him. The one thing that makes him more of a handful is other dogs (he will constantly want to play with them, especially if they are ladies!), so please check in with me first if you might like to bring your own dog.

Please contact mark on mark@gallowaywildfoods.com or 07900 692 478 if you have specific questions that are not answered here, or if you are running late on the day.

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