Learn to Forage Without Fear

The gather + root online foraging course will help you to safely identify, harvest, and use common edible and medicinal plants with confidence. There's no time like the present!
50% off sale ends June 23rd!

Do you want to learn how to forage, but are afraid of picking the wrong plant?

The gather + root foraging course is just for you, with detailed identification information for each plant along with potential look-alikes and how they differ.

Have you harvested edible and medicinal wild plants, but unsure how to use them?

The gather + root foraging course explains all of the edible and medicinal uses of every plant covered, along with recipes and ideas for how to use them.

Hi, I’m Colleen!

I’m so excited to teach you about foraging for wild food and medicine! I’m the main person behind the blog Grow Forage Cook Ferment and author of the books Healing Herbal Infusions, Wildcrafting Weeds, and Simple Mead Making.

I have been foraging and wildcrafting for over 20 years and want to share that knowledge with you. I know that identifying and using wild plants can sometimes be scary, but I want to show you just how easy it can be!

Join me in the gather + root online foraging course where I will show you how to find, identify, harvest, and use these amazing plants!

The plants included are widespread and grow nearly worldwide


dandelion flower & leaf
purple dead nettle
stinging nettle
+ more!


lemon balm
pineapple weed
wild rose
St. John’s wort
Queen Anne’s lace
+ more!


autumn olive
black walnut
burdock root
chicory root
dandelion root
rose hips
+ more!


birch bark
conifer needles
chaga fungus
dock seeds
juniper berries
usnea lichen
uva ursi
+ more!

Detailed identification information and printable guides for each plant

Includes three awesome bonuses!

Bonus #1: Mushrooms

Full section with videos on finding, identifying, harvesting, and using 8 common wild mushrooms. The mushrooms included are morel, oyster, shaggy mane, lobster, chicken of the woods, hedgehog, chanterelles, and yellowfoot chanterelles.

Bonus #2: Summer Berries

Downloadable eBook with information on finding, identifying, harvesting, and using 10 common wild summer berries. The berries included are blackberry, raspberry, thimbleberry, wild strawberry, wild blueberry, huckleberry, chokecherry, serviceberry/saskatoon, currant, and mulberry.

Bonus #3: Facebook Group

Access to the private gather + root foraging community Facebook group. This is where a lot of the magic happens! It is an amazing place to meet other students, talk about the course, discuss the plants we are learning about, ask identification questions, post photos of plants that you find, share recipes, and all of that fun stuff. I am very active in the group and will be available to answer any questions you might have!

What's Included in the
gather + root course

50% off sale ends June 23rd!
Includes lifetime access along with access to all future updates, plus a 30 day money back guarantee.

Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve never foraged before – is the gather + root course right for me?

Yes, this course is meant for beginner to intermediate foragers, all the basics + more are covered!

I’m afraid of picking the wrong plant or a poisonous plant. Will this course help me?

I give detailed information on how to positively identify each plant, along with potential look-alikes. While I can’t guarantee that you will always pick the right plant, if you follow all of the identification information included you are sure to be on the right track!

I live in a different region than you, will the plants covered in the course still be applicable to my area?

Yes! The plants covered in the course are very common and grow nearly worldwide. If you live in North America, Europe, or Asia you will find the majority of the plants in your region. If you are in other parts of the world you will find many of the plants, but probably not all of them.

I’m interested in foraging, but I’m low on time. How long does the gather + root course take to complete?

The course is self-guided so you can go as quickly or as slowly as you like based on your own time frame!

How long do I have access to the gather + root course?

Lifetime access to the course and to all updates is included!

What if I purchase then decide it’s not the course for me?

No problem! I give a 30 day money back guarantee. Simply contact me and let me know why the course didn’t work for you and I’ll give you a full refund.

What Others Are Saying

Colleen’s gather + root foraging course is a total gem. It is bursting with identification tips, medicinal and edible uses, and great photos of the botanicals discusses, as well as fantastic recipes. Moreover, this course doesn’t feel like “school.” Instead it feels like strolling through the garden with a dear friend. I highly recommend this course for new foragers and outdoor enthusiasts.
Devon Young
founder of NittyGrittyLife.com and author of The Backyard Herbal Apothecary
If you are interested in foraging in the wild or in your own backyard, gather + root foraging course is a great way to gain the knowledge you would need to know about which plants are edible and medicinal in our environment. Whether you are a beginner or already have some knowledge of plants, it’s a great course and source of information to have. I have always been a curious person and it helps to learn and identify which plants can help with certain ailments or which plants are rich in nutrients. Colleen put this beautiful course together so she could share her knowledge with others. I enjoy learning new and different things and I love that she created a course for those interested in herbalism or sustainable living ways. I can now go foraging in my neck of the woods and I am walking around identifying plant varieties with my partner, Ryan. Thank you Colleen!
Lea Shimmel
beginning forager and herbalist
gather + root has been AMAZING for me. I've been interested in herbalism since I was a little girl and I'm so grateful to find such complete information in one place that's actually affordable. (Another course I wanted to take was $5,000!) Colleen's videos give a ton of good information and they're formatted in a way that's short and easy to digest, so I don't have to just sit there listening for hours, which means I can actually do the coursework. Her worksheets are incredible references — I've got them all printed out and in a binder on my shelf. So far I've been foraging plants in my yard and the local public areas, and it's been super satisfying to support my health with my love of nature. I also appreciate that she's made it a priority to teach responsible foraging, so you can forage knowing that you're not damaging the environment. This is huge for me.
Stephanie Stiavetti
founder of Fearless Fresh

50% off sale ends June 23rd!