Category: Uncategorized (page 1 of 4)

Eat the Invasives March 30 at Prairie Ridge!

Join Piedmont Picnic Project at Prairie Ridge for a hands-on “Eat the Invasives” workshop on March 30th, 9:30 AM – 12 PM. Remove invasive plants from the grounds of Prairie Ridge and learn to eat, drink, and pickle what you pick! 


We’ll be targeting blackberry shoots and leaves in this workshop – that’s right – more than just the berries are edible! After removing the plants, we’ll teach you how to make pickled blackberry shoots and blackberry leaf tea. You can apply this same process to many other kinds of wild and domestic plants!

Enjoy a sampling of many kinds of wild pickles and wild tea. Take home your own jar of pickled blackberry shoots that you help make at the workshop as well as recipes to make your own wild pickles at home.

Pre-registration is required, and closes at midnight, Thursday, March 28.


Please follow and like us:

Bottomless Salad Gardening Workshop March 9th

Want to grow a continuous supply of your very own fresh, nutritious, and tasty salad greens all spring long?

Learn how to plant once and harvest again and again! Take home a “salad bowl” upcycled container garden you planted yourself!

Join Piedmont Picnic Project at Raleigh City Farm for this two-hour hands-on gardening workshop — great for beginners looking to plant their first veggies or experienced gardeners looking to learn new methods! As we get our hands dirty on this farm in the city, we’ll also learn more about the history of how Raleighites have been growing their own food for generations.

Eventbrite - Bottomless Salad Gardening Workshop

Date And Time

Sat, March 9, 2019
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST


Raleigh City Farm
800 North Blount Street
Raleigh, NC 27604

Skills you’ll learn:

  • Everything you need to know to start plants from seeds – in containers or straight into the ground.
  • What plants you can plant when this spring.
  • How to choose the right container, soil, and environment to match your plants.
  • What you need to turn an upcycled container into an attractive and functional pot for your plants.
  • How to grow spring salad greens using the “cut and come again” continuous growing method.

What you’ll take away:

  • New knowledge and hands-on skills to grow your own veggies at home.
  • A planting guide handout to know what to plant when.
  • Your very own upcycled container garden planted with salad greens to harvest all spring long.

This workshop is the first in a monthly series of Piedmont Picnic workshops at Raleigh City Farm this spring designed to each teach an important skill for producing and preserving your own food!

Eventbrite - Bottomless Salad Gardening Workshop

About the instructors:

We believe you’ll enjoy your food more if you know the story behind it! Here’s how we’ll each help you do that.

Elizabeth Weichel has a background in public history and specializes in local history. She’ll help us to remember the ways that everything old is new again – growing, preserving, and fermenting your own food might be trendy now, but it’s nothing new! Learn how it all fits into the larger story of our local history.

Amanda Matson has carved out her own little urban homestead right here in Raleigh – growing, foraging, and preserving her own food all on a small lot in the city and working toward total fruit and veggie independence. She’ll teach you all of the hands-on skills you need to have your own little homestead – whether it’s the size of a single container garden or an entire yard!

Note: This workshop takes place outdoors at the beautiful Raleigh City Farm – a working farm right in downtown Raleigh! Please dress comfortably for the weather and ready to get your hands dirty.

Please follow and like us:

Neuse River Float August 19th – SOLD OUT!

Thanks for checking in about this event!  We’re sold out!  See our fall workshop schedule here for what’s next!

When it’s summertime, and all you want to do is lay in water sipping a cold drink, we’ve got the perfect afternoon for you!

First Annual Neuse River Float

Saturday, August 19

WHEN:  Saturday, August 19; Arrive at 1:00 PM, depart for launch at 1:30 PM

WHO:  You!  and all of your lazy-river floating, ice-cream slurping friends!

WHERE:  The Neuse River –> begin at: 9601 Capital Blvd, Wake Forest


✔ ICE CREAM FLOATS – Piedmont Picnic will provide DIY ice cream fixins and a wild soda bar at the launch point to get you started with an ice cream float to sip along the way.

✔FLOATS + BOATS – You can choose to BYO Float (bring along an inner tube like this one!) or to purchase a ticket that includes the rental of a kayak or canoe.

✔ TRANSPORTATION – How do you get to the launch site and back to your car? We’ll meet at the endpoint and leave our cars there.  Paddle Creek will provide transport vans to take us up to the launch site.  You’ll end the float back at your car!

✔ THE RIVER.  You’ll float down 3 miles of the Neuse River, ending back at your vehicle.  This could take anywhere from 1.5 to 3 hours depending on just how lazy the river is that day (i.e., the water level).

✔ MUSIC – Along the way we’ll have the Neuse’s first floating DJ – DJ Root Boi – for you to listen to for maximum summertime feels while you make your way down river.

✔ PRIZES + #NCWATERLOVE – We’ll be celebrating one of Raleigh’s (and North Carolina’s) greatest resources along the way — the Neuse River! Triangle Land Conservancy will help us celebrate this waterway with a photo scavenger hunt – snap photos from their list, tag them, and win prizes!

A portion of all proceeds will go to Triangle Land Conservancy to support the important work they do to protect our area land and watersheds.

>>TICKET OPTION #1 – FLOAT MY BOAT: includes event ticket, complimentary ice cream float, transportation to launch point, and ONE BOAT RENTAL of your choice (canoe, single kayak, or tandem kayak).

>>TICKET OPTION #2 – BYO FLOAT: includes event ticket, complimentary ice cream float, and transportation to launch point, but you’ll BRING YOUR OWN FLOAT to ride down the river.

Click one of the fun float options below to buy online!


Triangle Land Conservancy

DJ Root Boi


Paddle Creek


Please follow and like us:

Wild Berry Mead Making with Honeygirl Meadery June 24!

Join us for an introduction to mead making!  The Honeygirl Mead Maker will show you a step-by-step process for making small-batch meads.  Along the way, Piedmont Picnic will teach you wild edible ingredients – like berries and flowers – to add to your mead batch and some boozy local history!


All participants will receive hands-on instruction and handouts to get them started on their mead-making journey at home!

You can choose to purchase a ticket with or without an introductory, small-batch mead-making kit.

Kit Included Option: You’ll take your kit and and a portion of the unfermented mead we make in class home with you to finish the fermentation process on your own! Kit includes 2, 32-oz swing-top bottles, 1 airlock with rubber stopper, siphoning cane and tubing.

Pick Up Later Option: You’ll leave your unfermented mead with Honeygirl’s Mead Maker to finish fermenting and pick up your bottle at a later date at the Meadery.


Please follow and like us:

Summer Garden Preserving Workshop!

Join us for August’s Second Saturday as we harness the magic that’s growing in your summer garden or overflowing the farmer’s market tables!

preserving summer graphic

Learn how to preserve all this yummy produce so you can continue tasting these sweet days of summer all year long! We’ll guide you through step-by-step and send you  home with your own bit of “summer in a jar!”

We’ll be back at Raleigh City Farm for this workshop, and we hope you’ll join us! Tickets available here, or you can purchase on-site.


Please follow and like us:

Want to know how to keep spring flowers all year long?

Flower Power Preserving Workshop | Raleigh City Farm | Saturday, April 9, 9-11 AM


Reserve your spot here for our upcoming Flower Power Preserving Workshop!

Interested in learning to make and preserve syrups and jellies? Want to know which wild or home-grown flowers you can actually eat and what to do with them? Either way, we’ve got you covered!

Information will cover how to make syrups and jellies out of edible flowers. Techniques generalize easily to herbs or fruit! You will leave with a solid overview of how to preserve your jelly using the water-bath canning method. We’ll send you home with a jar of jelly or syrup of your choosing that you help make!

Reserve your spot here.

Please follow and like us:

What better way to spend the Spring Equinox?

UPDATE:  Our March walk is SOLD OUT but please check back for more information about our next walk on April 24!

Wild History Walk + Equinox Celebration – Spring Greens & Tiny Flowers | Anderson Point Park, Raleigh, NC | March 20, 2-4 PM


Piedmont Picnic Project will host a Wild History Foraging Walk + Wild Food Tasting to celebrate the Spring Equinox. We’ll forage edible wild plants together, learn more about the local history, and then taste dishes made from the same plants!  Reserve your spot here!

Our surprise location has been announced!  We’ll be meeting at Anderson Point Park (20 Anderson Point Drive) and walking to picnic at a lovely spot along the Neuse River.

We will review foraging guidelines and safety as well as instruction on plant uses and identification. Along the way, we’ll share history about the local area and this month’s theme: Spring Greens + Tiny Flowers.

For the light picnic you can expect wild teas, local bread, local cheese, homemade wild jams and jellies, wild greens, and a wild treat for dessert!

Reserve your spot here!


+Park in the parking lot to the left off the roundabout at the entrance to Anderson Point Park.
+Please wear appropriate shoes and clothing for walking outdoors. [weather-specific advice].
+All participants will be asked to sign a liability waiver for the event.
+Any persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
+Your confirmation email serves as your ticket, but no need to bring it along – we’ll have a list of pre-sale ticket holders.
+Walks are rain or shine, but in the event of storms, our make-up date for this walk is Saturday, March 26, 2-4 PM. Please check your email the morning of the walk for notice if there is a chance of storms.

Please follow and like us:

Inside-Out Gardening Workshop

Join us for the first in our Spring Class Series at Raleigh City Farm for an Inside-Out Gardening Workshop!  Interested in starting seeds indoors for your summer garden?  Or maybe you’d like to start a container garden of spring veggies that can go straight outside?  We’ll show you how to do both and send you home with the starter package of your choice!  Reserve your spot here.


Please follow and like us:

Elixir of Life: Fermented Sodas Workshop @ Ramble Supply Co.

Fermented Sodas Workshop | Ramble Supply Co., Raleigh | February 20, 2-4 PM

Looking for that magic elixir to help you live eternal?  Or maybe just a little something to help you be healthier in the New Year?  We have a couple of elixirs chock-full of beneficial probiotics that will get you started on your path to health in 2016.  

Join Piedmont Picnic Project at Ramble Supply Co for our upcoming workshop on fermented sodas!  Learn two techniques for fermenting your own sodas at home: (1) fermenting using a kombucha SCOBY which we will provide, and (2) fermenting by growing your own ginger bug.  


What you can expect:

Taste fermented sodas flavored with locally foraged fruit and herbs, including one spiked fermented cocktail!  

Learn how to make two kinds of fermented sodas on your own at home:  

  • Kombucha
  • Ginger Bug Soda

Take home a kombucha fermentation kit that includes:

  • fermentation vessel + swing-top bottle for the finished product
  • personalized fermentation cover cloth
  • SCOBY starter
  • your first batch of tea!  

Learn a little about the history of fermented drinks and North Carolina sodas + the health benefits of drinking naturally fermented sodas!  

Tickets are $40 and include a take-away DIY Kombucha Fermentation Kit and one cocktail made with fermented soda! Space is limited! RSVP at

Please follow and like us:

Wild Pizza Night in Pittsboro, NC

Join Piedmont Picnic Project with Fair Game Beverage Co for a night of foraging, wild pizzas, and locally-distilled cocktails!

Reserve Your Spot

Wild Pizza

  • Forage your own Wild Pizza toppings from the expansive wooded and field areas surrounding the Fair Game Distillery, just outside of Pittsboro, NC.
  • Sip cocktails made from Fair Game’s wines and sample their spirits.
  • Make customized, wood-fired wild pizzas with the toppings you foraged that night plus wild pickles and sauces we’ve been stock-piling throughout the year!
  • Eat your wild dinner and sip your cocktail in the picturesque scenery of rural Pittsboro, NC.

TICKETS are on sale now!

Please follow and like us:
Older posts

Stay Connected.