WILD FOOD WALKS at the Sustainability Institute

Sat Jul 31, 10:30 - Wed Nov 17, 12:30
Sustainability Institute


Join Loubie Rusch in discovering the local indigenous and wild foods that grow at the Sustainability Institute in Lynedoch.

A plant display and list of indigenous and wild and weedy edibles will be on hand to help with recognising what we will come across.

We will explore the food and ornamental gardens, the woodland thicket, or find them just popping up around and about. 

Ticket Costs:

  • R 450 per person for Saturday walks from10.20 am to12.30 pm..
  • R 350 per person for Wednesday walks from10.20 am to12.30 pm


  • Sustainability Institute, Lynedoch Rd, Lynedoch.

What to bring:

  • Comfortable shoes, water, sun hat and sunscreen, a pen and notepad, your camera, a shopping bag.

Optional Extras available from the SI's Green Cafe:

  • light lunches only after weekday walks
  • Cape Wild Foods: A Growers Guide by Loubie Rusch
  • the SI's Wild Harvest bottled produce  
  • some of Making KOS's bottled produce


About Making KOS and Local WILD 

  • Your guide, Loubie Rusch, has been exploring the forgotten and neglected wild foods of the Cape since 2010. She has foraged and observed them in nature, has grown, cooked and bottled them and has shared about them, all under the name Making KOS. As time passed, her wild food journey evolved into finding ways for local indigenous foods to contribute to recalibrating the social, economic and ecological imbalances we are surrounded by.
  • She founded the non-profit Local WILD to consolidate the various collaborations that were developing with organisations and individuals. Their common commitment, be they research or practice focused, revolve around reintegrating forgotten and neglected local indigenous and wild foods into local foodways*. They address getting to know them, growing them, developing market access, or making use of them in cooking and processing. Their impact varies, from adding to people's livelihoods or wellness, to reclaiming or strengthening localized food culture, or regenerating local biodiverse ecologies. Some are rural projects, others urban, participating both with people who still remember them, as well as with those to whom the plants are not at all familiar.

* the cultural, social, ecological and economic practices of the production and consumption of food


 About the Sustainability Institute

  • The SI engages its students in transformative learning, from preschool right through to postgraduate level. Their reflective research and education programmes call on participants to go on to actively contribute towards just and generative futures. They aim to deepen the learner's connection to place, to self and to community.
  • Their school children and teachers training programmes are Montessori based, their academic programmes are affiliated to the University of Stellenbosch, and their range of short courses are completely independently formulated.
  • Their Living Soils programmes offer practical learning to their participating students, local households, and farmers in training.
  • Their Nourish programme feeds the campus' school learners daily, caters to staff and learners through their Green Cafe, and caters to the various events they offer.


More About Local Wild’s Collaboration with the SI

They are working together on initiatives such as: 

  • evolving the SI’s indigenous plantings that innovate and showcase propagation and cultivation to support practical learning for their students and visitors
  • bringing cultivated indigenous ingredients to market by Living Soils supplying to the Local WILD Food Store an online selling platform
  • offering opportunities for the SI's own community and for visitors to get a taste of local indigenous foods through events such as Wild Food Walks, school feeding, dishes offered at the Green Cafe and the SI’s Wild Harvest product range
  • promoting learning through joint publishing like Cape Wild Foods:A Growers Guide and its upcoming sequel, the Cooks Guide


More About their Publishing

  • Cape Wild Foods: A Growers Guide is the first book that Loubie Rusch and the SI have collaborated on. It shares practical plant and cultivation information about 22 plants with edible components, to help small farmers and gardeners with how to include them in their home or food gardens.
  • Its sequel, A Cooks Guide, is currently being written. It is aimed at home cooks, chefs and culinary students and brings recipes and recipe ideas about the same 22 plants. Local WILD is undertaking a nutritional study, also for publication, to establish which of the 22 still need to be analysed.
  • This body of work is filling some of the gaps in accessible knowledge about the forgotten and underutilised winter rainfall edibles of the Cape Floristic Region. It is supporting their reintegration into contemporary foodways, and is bringing their knowledge base closer to that of the more widely known and used indigenous foods of the summer rainfall Southern Africa.

Additional information

Age restriction Family friendly
Refund policy No refunds


WILD FOOD WALKS at the Sustainability Institute
Sustainability Institute
Lynedoch Road, Lynedoch, Stellenbosch, 7603
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