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Marie Power

Marie Power

Monday, 26 June 2017 00:00

Ireland's Ancient Feast

We have been inspired by the Ireland's Ancient East concept to think about the earliest, ancient settlers of this island, and what foods they lived on.We have researched the plant and animal species living here at the time, about 8,000 years ago and created a range of dishes based on what was available to those Mesolithic people. With some concessions to modern tastes, we hope to share that on the new moon in July. We will start foraging on the shore for seaweeds and continue through the Anne Valley gathering wild plants. Come with a spirit of adventure and take a walk on the wild side!

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 00:00

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Tuesday, 24 January 2017 00:00

2016 - a good year for seaweed lovers

We've said goodbye to 2016 and many, many lovely days on the rocky shore. Benign weather, a long summer and autumn, spectacular moons created ideal conditions for foraging. We explored new stretches of coast in Wexford (incl. Blackhall), Galway (North Beach, Inishbofin) and Cork (incl. Roberts Cove, Oysterhaven), and visited all our favourite places along the Waterford Coast. As has been the case in recent years, some seaweed species were slow to "come in", but then, lasted well into the year. If you are using the foraging guide on p.22/23 of The Sea Garden, you'll find that the season is somewhat longer in most cases. Sleabhcan (Porphyra species) in particular has produced two growths in spring and again in autumn. We found sea lettuce (Ulva species) to be scarcer in 2016 in general, and so found ourselves using gutweed (Enteromorpha) instead - good in salads and as a topping on wraps and sandwiches. We dried some, but like sea lettuce, it tends to lose colour after a few months in storage. But not nutrients apparently. Research on the uses and benefits of seaweed continues to throw up positive news - the wracks in particular are getting unusually good press! We use bladderwrack quite a bit in savoury dishes, and feedback from several of our foragers was very positive towards the delicate raw tips of young plants. It is especially nice - if unexpected! - in our Orange and Gingercake (recipe p.71). The Sea Gardener Food products range expanded to include Dried Dilisk and a Cranberry & Hazelnut Gluten Free Bar - reached new retail outlets in the year and they continue to do well in the Supervalu Food Academy, even with the growth of several new bar products. We are working on some new ideas and always trying to come with genuinely innovative foods, to meet a real need. No interest in adding another food to the long list of products already there. And we will always stay with our principle of making natural foods, with the best ingredients, local as far as possible and avoiding industrial-scale production, which leads down the road of adding chemicals to extend shelf-life and meet the narrow criteria of such systems. The best part of what we do is meeting people who are interested in food, especially wild and natural food, who love to share stories of Waterford and Irelands food heritage, especially around seaweed and people who simply love being in the outdoors. Thank you all for your support and we wish you a peaceful and healthy New Year.
Tuesday, 24 January 2017 00:00

2017 Events Coming Soon!

Tides and Moons are perfectly aligned in the coming year, so we will be out foraging throughout the season from March to October. We are fixing dates for private group requests at the moment and then we will be announcing dates for forages, talks, demos ...all things seaweed and rocky shore. As always, we look forward to being part of these food festivals: West Waterford Festival of Food - April 22 & 23 World Oceans Day Celebration - June 10 Waterford Harvest Festival -September 9 & 10 Bia Bo Finne, Inishbofin - Ocotber Contact us directly for private group or family bookings. Tel 086 8124275 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sunday, 09 October 2016 00:00

Seaweed Forage & Tasting

Our last Seaweed Forage and Tasting for 2016 takes place on Sunday, October 16th. We've chosen this date to coincide with the Hunter's Moon, when there will be a good low tide. Meeting outside Mother McHugh's Pub in Fenor Village at 11 am, foraging at a nearby beach, followed by a seaweed brunch tasting, we will finish around 1.30 pm. Several edible species of seaweed will be identified and you will learn how to distinguish these from non-edibles, how to use them in a variety of ways, how to use seaweed to enhance your garden soil and how to use seaweed in skincare. The small group will allow plenty of time for questions. To book, use the Paypal link here. You will then receive an email with more details about the forage.
Thursday, 25 August 2016 00:00

Living from the Sea

Living from the Sea Most people know that seaweed is good for us. It's got lots of iodine and we know how important that is. Seaweed also has a huge range of vitamins & minerals, is high in protein and research is ongoing into it's many health benefits. We're going to talk about some of those in the Fitfood and Wellness Tent on the Plaza at Waterford Harvest Festival. Join us at 1 pm on Saturday September 10th for a relaxed chat about our native wonderfood. We are especially looking forward to meeting older people who have used seaweed throughout their lives and younger (and middle-aged!) people who have heard a little of the benefits of seaweed, but are new to using it. We will facilitate the passing on of valuable knowledge about seaweed! This session is free and no need to book.
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 00:00

Seaweed Forage & Tasting

Sea Gardening in September

Join us for a very special autumn forage where we will show you some of the tastiest seaweeds on the Waterford Coast. Learn how to use seaweed in your everyday cooking, medicinal uses, how to dry & store it and how to make a seaweed bath. 

Seaweed has been part of Waterford's food heritage for generations - snacking on dilisk, sleabhcan in springtime and carrageen drying on rooftops in summer. And it was used as a fertiliser on potato crops all along the coast. We are delighted to bring this knowledge to you as part of the Harvest Festival 2016 .

Afterwards, we will retreat to the welcoming Mother McHugh's Pub in Fenor where you can taste a range of seaweed breads, canapes, savoury and sweet dishes, including some recipes from The Sea Garden.

There will be plenty of time to share stories of seaweed, food and foraging!

Sea Gardening is how we descrobe our approach to foraging - cutting a small amount from the plant, leaving it to re-grow and re-generate, just like cutting herbs or flowers in the garden. It's sustainable and takes account of all the other creatures on the rocky shore that depend on seaweed for survival.

Wear a few layers of warm comfortable clothing. Footwear needs to be waterproof ; wellingtons, old runners or golf shoes, crocs, neoprene footies are all suitable. Bring a small ziplock bag & scissors if you'd like to take home some sea vegetables.

Date: Saturday, Septemer 10th

Time: 5.30 pm - 8 pm - ish.

Meeting Point: Carpark in Fenor Village, opposite church. Fenor is 6 km west of Tramore on the Coast Road.

Price: €30 per person. Children under 12 are free.

Tel. : 086 8124275

To Book: Click on Paypal Button. You will receive a confirmation email for your booking.

Thursday, 16 April 2015 00:00

RTE Nationwide April 15

The Sea Gardener featured on Nationwide recently. 

On Friday March 20th, the spring equinox, solar eclipse and a full moon all aligned to create one of the best tides for seaweed foraging. So we headed to the strand and talked about seaweed uses, seaweed cookery and Hilitetv captured it all on film in the beautiful setting of Kilfarassey Strand, near Fenor, Co.Waterford. On this seaweed workshop, we could all see where the phrase Sea Garden originated - looking at the amazing rock pools and what was growing and living in them, and learn from The Sea Gardener how they could make us more healthy and how to connect fully with the source of our food and experience the living earth.

The piece also included a visit to the kitchen in which The Sea Gardener foods  - snack bars and caponata - are made, and a tasting at the local Supervalu store in Tramore

Click on this link to see the piece:

http://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/10407838/

http://www.rte.ie/.../#pos=389

Wednesday, 15 April 2015 00:00

Sea Gardener at Bluebell Festival May 3rd

Come and see us at the Courtyard, Curraghmore at the inaugral Bluebell Festival on Sunday May 3rd.

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We'll have lots of seaweed goodies, old Waterford favourites like Dilisk and Sleabhcan, and tips on seaweed uses you might be surprised by! Our book The Sea Garden, now in it's 2nd print run, has everything for the forage and seaweed cookery enthusiast.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015 00:00

West Waterford Festival of Food

WWFoF 2015 was the best yet! Here are some pics of our forage and cookery demos. Great to have some really enthusiastic children on the forage and to meet people who had known my extended family in Ballymarket, Stradbally and around the Dungarvan area. We always feel very welcome in the town, especially at the food festival.

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About Us

We are passionate about seaweed - foraging for it, cooking with it, sharing our knowledge and experience with others, sustainably using it, recognising that it is part of an important and quite amazing ecological web.

Marie Power, aka, The Sea Gardener, grew up on the Copper Coast of Co. Waterford and leads walks, give talks & workshops on seaweed and rocky shore ecology for people who want to know more about this indigenous health food.

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