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Forest City Harvest: A sustainable Unboxing Episode

On Sunday August 22nd, 2021 Fôrij Thrills hosted an immersive online event that enabled us to learn and explore the beautiful urban-wild forests of London Ontario.

Together we learned of different plants that can benefit us through culinary, wellness and household applications. In partnership with London Environmental Network, we discussed the intersectionality of foraging and zero waste through balancing materialistic purchases and finding it in what nature already provides.

Guests could opt-in to receiving the Fôrij Thrills "Harvest Bag" containing a variety of goodies we explored, created and tasted later that very afternoon, during a live watch party.

For this event we featured this season's most delightful urban-wild ingredients ranging from weeds to wild delicacies.​

  • Curly Dock Seeds

  • Goldenrod

  • Queen Annes Lace

  • Sea buckthorn

  • Black Walnut

  • Rosehips

  • Dandelion Root

  • and more!


Here's what was included in the Harvest Bag:

  • Goldenrod Tea & Wildflower Honey by Becky Ellis from Entangled Roots

  • Dock Seed Brownie, Rosehip frosting, garnished with rose caviar and black walnuts brought to you by London Training Centre Chef instructor Chandany Chen

  • Wild Herb Finishing Salt featuring Bergamot, Queens Anne Lace and more, brought to you by Growing Chefs Executive Chef Katherine Jones

  • Fôrij Thrills’ Forest Floor Bath Soak featuring Dandelion Root and Sea buckthorn oil.

  • Rewilding Native seeds for your garden by London Environment Network

  • 8oz freshly pressed Sea Buckthorn juice served in a reusable glass jar

  • Nature Coloring Page brought to you by LEN, illustrated by Emma Richard

  • Forij Thrills Harvest Bag - Reusable canvas totes screen printed by Antler River Press\

  • Afforest Craft Chocolate Bar: Black Walnut & Rose

  • And more urban-wild botanical surprises to explore.

  • Includes delivery morning of the event.


This event was created in partnership with the London Environmental Network

The London Environmental Network (LEN) is an environmental charity that helps to protect our environment and build a more sustainable community by building participation, collaboration, and capacity in our community to co-create positive environmental change. Through the Environmental Action Incubator Program, is excited to be partnering with Fôrij Thrills to educate and empower residents about the ways we can reduce food and packaging waste. Website: www.londonenvironment.net


Featured Special Guests

Becky Ellis - Entangled Roots Becky Ellis is the main farmer & beekeeper at Entangled Roots, a herb farm and beekeeping operation located at multiple sites in and around London. Becky grew up on a family farm in Southwestern Ontario and developed an interest in urban agriculture, beekeeping, and foraging in early adulthood. She has an M.A in Anthropology (2010) and a PhD in Geography (2021) from Western University. Her academic work has focused on community gardening, urban commoning, urban beekeeping and pollinator gardening. She received her Permaculture Design Certificate from Earth Activist Training in 2010. Through Entangled Roots, Becky focuses on growing delicious and healing herbs; raising healthy honey bees; and creating a sense of community around local food systems.

Website: www.entangledroots.ca

Facebook: @Entangledroots

Instagram: @Entangledrootsca



Katherine Jones - Growing Chefs! Ontario ​Growing Chefs! Ontario is a registered charity based in London, Ontario that unites chefs, growers, educators and community members in children’s food education projects. Executive Chef Katherine Jones is a Stratford culinary grad and has been with the Growing Chefs Ontario team for 9 years now. Before that, she worked in many other realms of the culinary industry, including restaurants, catering, food education, and as a personal chef. Her specialties include using hyper local ingredients and foraged finds!

Website: www.growingchefsontario.ca

Facebook: @growingchefsontario

Instagram: @growingchefsontario


Chandany Chen - London Training Centre A graduate of the Culinary Management program at Fanshawe College, Chandany prides herself in her dedication in continuing to develop her craft while contributing to her community. Chandany's artistic talent and understanding of local ingredients consistently shines through as the Assistant Culinary Instructor at the London Training Centre, where her focus is on encouraging, educating and building aspiring chefs through their Culinary Pre-Apprenticeship program and 3-week Local Food Skills program. She also continues to pursue her passion of the pastry arts as the Pastry Chef at SixThirtyNine in Woodstock, Ontario. Chandany’s past experiences include working at Black Trumpet Restaurant, SOLO on Main in Port Stanley, Abruzzi Ristorante and Fanshawe College School of Hospitality & Tourism.


Website:www.londontraining.on.ca

Facebook: @London.Training

Instagram @londontrainingcentre55



Our Sponsors

The London Training Centre | Growing Chefs! Ontario | Entangled Roots London Environmental Network | A Friendlier Company

Reimagine Co. | Growing Chefs! Ontario | Spirit Earth Holistic's Nicole Osborne Photographer | Jac Studios | From the Meadow Antler River Press


Event Recording


Did you miss or want to rewatch the episode? Join the adventure from the comfort of your home with the recordings below:

Welcome [0:00] | Land acknowledgement [0:30] | Itinerary + Fôrij Thrills Harvest Bag overview [2:20] | Canadian Goldenrod W/ Becky Ellis of Entangled Roots [4:20] | *Prize*- Spirit Earth Holistics [22:15] |


Harvest Profile: Queen Anne's Lace [0:00] | Harvest Profile: Staghorn Sumac [2:15] | Harvest Profile: Wild Grape Leaf [4:25] | Preservation Techniques with Chef Katherine Jones of Growing Chefs! Ontario [6:40] |*Prize* Sumac Vinegar + Food to Grow On Book by Growing Chefs! Ontario [28:28] |


A Friendlier Company: Take away Packaging [ 0:00 ] | Harvest Profile: Wild Black Walnut [2:45] | Harvest Profile: Curly Dock [5:30] | Making Curly Dock Flour [7:3o] | Baking Demonstration (Making Dock Flour Brownies & Zero Waste Decorating techniques) with Chef Chandany Chen of London Training Centre [9:35] | Harvest Profile: Sea Buckthorn [ 34:45] | *Prize* Zero Waste Gift Set by Reimagine Co [37:17] |

Overview London Environmental Network [0:00] | Foraging Best Practices [7:00] | Stay Inspired with Fôrij Thrills [9:00] | Thank you to our Sponsors [11:00]