Talks/courses/foraging trips in 2017

The file gives more information about the content of my talks and workshops.  Please scroll further down this page to view  a chronological list of planned and completed talks, courses and garden tours………..

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Upcoming Events (2017) :

28th  January 2017:  Foredrag “Jorda rundt med planter som smaker” for Hamar Hagelag,   kl. 10.30-14
Sted: Hamar rådhus, kommunestyresalen (se

29th  January 2017 (kl. 13-17):  Foredrag i Hurdal (se og

30th  January 2017:  Foredrag Talk at the Royal Court in Oslo for gardeners, chefs and other staff at the Palace  (Det kongelige Hoff, Oslo)

8-9th  March 2017 16:00  Trondheim’s Kosmorama Film Festival’s Gourmet Cinema; see

15th  March 2017  Skjetlein Videregående Skole  (Trondheim) – internal course

24th March 2017  Sogn Jord- og Hagebruksskule  (1830-2130 at Marianne Bakeri & Kafè in Aurdal (free entrance) (see also

24th-26th  March 2017  Weekend seminar at Hardangerakademiet for fred, utvikling og miljø, Jondal:  “ET LAND – OG HAGEBRUK NÆRMERE NATUREN. Økologisk dyrking  for småskala yrkesdyrking og hagebruk”   See og  (Cancelled)

31st March 2017  Talk and garden tour at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific505 Quayle Rd, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada ( and tickets from )  (Arr: Hatchet & Seed)

6th April 2017:  Centretown United Church, 507 Bank St. , Ottawa, Canada (6-9pm)  (see

10th April 2017:   Montreal (closed event)

11th April 2017  La Ferme des Quatre-Temps (Hemmingford) (closed event)

22nd April 2017:  Årsmøtet i Norwegian Seed Savers (Oslo området) (Annual meeting)

27th April 2017:  Talk arranged by the Curtis Museum in Alton, Hampshire, England

5th – 7th May 2017:  Helgekurs “Spiselige planter på Jevnaker og ellers i verden”, en weekend samling i Jevnaker”  (se og

8th May 2017 kl.18.00 hos Nabolagshager i landbrukskvartalet (Inngang fra Platousgate i Landbrukskvartalet på Grønland; see

11th May 2017  Ranheim Frivillighetssentralen, Trondheim (tickets:

11th-18th June 2017:  Talks and courses in Austria for Arche Noah, both in east and west of the country (see

11th June 2017  10-17     ARCHE NOAH Schaugarten, Obere Straße 40, 3553 Schiltern und Schloss Schilern (vis-á-vis von Schaugarten) (

13th June 2017  16-1730    Permaveggies tour of the Vienna Botanical Garden  (in English) (In cooperation with the Botanical Garden of the University of Vienna) (see

14th June 2017  18-21    Evening seminar on Permaveggies in Vienna (Kammermeierei der HBLFA Schönbrunn, Seckendorff-Gudent Weg 6, 1130 Wien) (see

16th June 2017  14-18    Half-day Permaveggies course in St. Koloman (Auerhütte am Seewaldsee, 5423 St. Koloman) (see

18th June 2017  15-1630      “Permaveggies” tour of  the Salzburg Botanical Garden (see

2nd July 2017:  Åfjord (Fosen) “Spiselige ville vekster og sunne matplanter i hagen” (walk and talk) Arr. Rotnes Fritid  (see

21st July 2017  17-22:  Gladsalat2017 i Stavanger (verdensrekord forsøk i mangfoldssalat / world record attempt in diversity salad): see (cancelled)

28th-31st July 2017:  Naturplanteskolen weekend course in Malvik. (Cancelled due to too few participants).

6th August 2017 10-17:  Valdres Sopp og Nyttevekster  “Tenkelige og utenkelige spiselige ville og dyrket vekster”. Sted: Skikroa på Vaset

7th-10th August 2017:  Hardanger Perennialen II at Alvastien (course on perennial vegetables being planned in beautiful Hardanger), Norway; se (here’s a link to an album of pictures of the first Perennialen: )

21st August 2017 11:30 – 12:  If you can’t beat it, eat it: on using Alien species in the kitchen.  Seminar for Artsdatabanken in Trondheim. 

24th-27th August 2017:  Teaching on a Permaculture Design Course weekend  in Malvik/Trondheim with Jan Bang #1 (see

28th August 2017:  Open garden in connection with Trondheim Klimafestival

31st August 2017:  Talk (in English) at Göteborgs (Gothenburg) botaniska trädgård,  Göteborg, Sweden (see )

2nd-3rd September 2017:  Course on the Danish island Bornholm which is located some way from Denmark between Sweden and Germany!

6th September2017:  Course on Allium at Naturplanteskolen, Denmark

14th-17th September 2017:  Teaching on a Permaculture Design Course weekend  in Malvik/Trondheim with Jan Bang #2 (see

12th-15th October 2017:  Teaching on a Permaculture Design Course weekend  in Malvik/Trondheim with Jan Bang #3 (see

26th October 2017:  Talk at Trondheim Folkebiblioteket (Frøbibliotek)

31st October 2017:  Short talk (40 min) at “Heldags symposium Natur, grønne omgivelser og folkehelsa”, Oslo (Det Norske Videnskaps-Akademi)

1st November 2017:  Course for Oslo Bybondelag (evening)

Past Events (2016) : 

3rd March: Lunchtime talk at Lade (Trondheim) Rotaryklubb

6th April 2016:  Talk in Tokyo, Japan; see

8th April 2016:  Talk at 塩田とっこ館 (Shioda Tokkokan Museum, Shioda Daira city); see

19th April 2016:  Inspirational talk at the end of the first Kitchen Garden for beginners course organised by Skjetlein grønt kompetansesenter in Trondheim. See and

27th April 2016: Talk and foraging. Elveslett , Gressvik, Fredrikstad, Norway, 17-21 (see and

28th April 2016: Kosters Trädgårdar, Sweden (see

29-30th April 2016: Holma skogsträdgård , Sweden (more details later)

1st May 2016: Naturplanteskolen Masterclass #1, Denmark (Aiah Noack)  (see and

2nd May 2016: Fuglebjerggaard, Denmark (Camilla Plum) (see and

3rd May 2016: Göteborg Botaniska, Sweden  (cancelled to 2017)

4th May 2016: Botanisk Hage i Oslo, Norway (Norsk Botanisk Forening)  (See )

13th-15th May 2016: The return of the Malvik Permaveggies course ( and  

1st June 2016: Edible garden tours at the Ringve Botanical Garden in Trondheim (Hagevandring på Ringve) at 1800 and 1930 (see

11th June 2016: Visit to Incredible Vegetables in Ashburton, Devon

12th June 2016: Hellens Garden Festival, UK (more details later) ; see  (see also )

13th June 2016: Visit to Knightshayes Court, Devon

14th June 2016: Wardington Manor, Banbury,  UK: workshop on perennial vegetables  (

15th June 2016: Visit to Highgrove to see Prince Charles’ national Hosta collection :)

15th June 2016: Talk and book signing with Southampton’s Groovy Growers at the Art House Gallery, Southampton between 18 and 21 (for tickets: see

18th June 2016:  Visit to my garden for participants of Grønttreffet 2016 i Trondheim /Malvik (National weekend event for members of the Norwegian Useful Plants Society) 

19th June 2016:  Edible garden tour at the Ringve Botanical Garden in Trondheim (Hagevandring på Ringve) as part of Grønttreffet 2016 i Trondheim /Malvik (National weekend event for members of the Norwegian Useful Plants Society) and also Ringve’s Open Day (tour starts at 1300); see

25th June 2016: Lundefestivalen (Puffin Festival), Røst, Norway (foraging tour / sanketur) (see )

15th-19th July 2016: Naturplanteskolen visit to Malvik (see and

4th-7th August 2016: Nordic Permaculture Festival in Isnäs, Finland?

13th August 2016:  Grennessminde: Det Økologiske Gartneri, Copenhagen, Denmark (see and )

14th August 2016:  Naturplanteskolen Masterclass #2, Denmark (see 

3rd September 2016:  I will open my garden and two tours will be arranged in connection with Trondheim Climate Festival! See

9-10th September 2016:  Hardanger,  Alvastien Telste, Klyvevegen 181, 5612 Steinstø, Hordaland (cancelled until 2017)

11th September 2016:  Arboretet og Botanisk hage, Bergen (Edible garden tour / hagevandring); se og

13-15th September 2016:  Visit at The Teeny Weeny Farm, IV36 2TF Dyke, Moray, Scotland 

17th September 2016:  I’m leading a guided edimentals / perennial vegetables walk at the Royal Botanical Garden in Edinburgh’s Harvest Festival at 2 pm.  See also

7th October 2016:  Oikos Nord Trøndelag økoseminar på Bjerkem, Steinkjer (see )

8th October 2016:  Hageselskapet Nord-Trøndelag på Jegtvolden på Inderøya ( foredrag etter årsmøte kl 1400).

22nd-23rd October 2016:  Haugaland Sopp og Nyttevekstforening, Hordaland arrangerer kurs helg ved Nesheimstunet (i nedre Vats), Vindafjord (weekend course with Norwegian Useful plants society in Hordaland, Norway

24th October 2016:  Sanse Helsegaard, Flesjåveien 34, 4160 Judaberg (Finnøy; between Stavanger and Haugesund) (foredrag fra 18:00–21:00; tickets available from; see also the FB event here: and (CANCELLED)

Past Events (2015) : 

26th January 2015 : Malvik Hagelaget, Malvik (gardening club) Kl. 18 (Talk)

9th February : Jonsvatnet Hagelaget, Trondheim (gardening club) (Talk)

17th February : Trondheim Nyttevekstforening (Trondheim Useful Plants Society) (Talk) See

3rd March : Tverlandet Hagelaget (gardening club), Bodø, Norway (Talk)  kl. 18

19th March-7th April: New Zealand (to be announced). The following two are unconfirmed

22nd March  Raglan, NZ (Kaiwaka Gardens) (Details to come; Contact Steve Hart: stevenlawrencehart (at)
28th March Heritage Harvest Festival, Riverton, NZ  between  1.45-4.45 (followed by a forest garden tour)

1st April  Riverside Community, Lower Moutere , Tasman, NZ

24th-25th April : Jordseminar (UN’s International Year of Soils), Hitra (Helgebostad) (Course), Norway ( and

7th May :  Molde Hagelaget (gardening club) in Collaboration With Ton Hazes, Molde, Norway (Talk) (

8th  May : Oikos group Stussvik, Ølve, Hardanger, Norway (Vidar-Rune Synnevåg, tlf. 92447887) (Talk/course). FB event:

9th– 10th May – Hardanger Perennialen at Alvastien (course on perennial vegetables being planned), Norway (see ); The  Alvastien web site is

11th May Oslo og omland sopp- og nyttevekstforening inviterer til: Foredrag og vandring med forfatteren Stephen Barstow   (Det Grønne Hjørnet, Frydenlundgata 12, 0slo. and (Talk and forage in Oslo)

21st May - Hilliers Arboretum, Hampshire, UK (Lunchtime lecture, lunch, garden walk and book signing) From 11 a.m.  (this is also rather special for me as it’s nearby where I grew up and I’ve visited the gardens many times over the years). (

25th May – Incredible Edible Todmorden meets the Extreme Salad Man
I’m really happy to have been asked to give a talk at Todmorden, a place and people who have inspired so many  people around the world. All are welcome to this unique opportunity to spend a day in Todmorden with me,  with the following program:

11:00 – 12:30 Incredible Edible Todmorden (guided tour)
14:00 – 17:00 Around the world in 80 plants (talk)
Information about price (it won’t be expensive) and local accommodation will follow! and

For more information, contact Estelle at

6th June - Food preservation workshop in my garden in Malvik with Norway’s fermentation queen Rita Amundsen from Bærum… A world record ferment is planned with many species! (konserverings workshop i min hage på Malvik med Norges fermenteringsdronningen Rita Amundsen fra Bærum).
Arr: Nyttevekstforeningen i Trondheim.

19th – 21st June – Steigen, Norway (Course: talk and wild and garden foraging). For more information, see here: 

22nd June – Tromsø, Norway : Garden tour at the Tromsø arctic-alpine botanic garden (1800 hrs)

23rd June  – Tromsø, Norway:  Course / talk, probably at Holt in Tromsø (1100 hrs)  (more later) 

3rd-4th July– Talk, forage and discussion (with Hans Jacob Peters)
Søndre Langeli, Langeliveien 68, 3089 Holmestrand


4th July – Horten og Omegn Hagelaget (gardening club) (100 års jubileum festival)

5th – 6th July - Lindesnes (Nyttevekstforeningen i Agder) (Useful Plants Society), Norway

7th July;  14-17 and 18-21 - MAJOBO masterclasses “FLERÅRIGE GRØNNSAKER OG SPISELIGE STAUDER”

4th August – Open garden / Hagevandring at 1800. Malvikveien 418, Malvik as part of Trondheim Climate Festival (Klimafestivalen i Trondheim). See  (For tickets / påmelding, see or contact me)

8th August – Nordic Permaculture Festival, Stjernsund, Sweden (I will hold a 3+ hours workshop / talk based on my book) (see )

12th August – Kneiken Community Garden in Trondheim ( Wild edibles and seed saving course / vi ser etter spiselige planter i området og diskutere hvordan man ta frø av grønnsakene til neste år) at 1630 as part of Trondheim Climate Festival (Klimafestivalen i Trondheim). See  (For tickets / påmelding, se or contact me!)

Late August / September – Oregon, Washington State and Iceland, USA

23rd August – 2-4pm  Walk and talk at the Medicinal Herb garden at the University of Washington (meet near  the bus stop)

24th August – 7:30-10:00pm,  Talk on Around the World in 80 plants at University Heights Center, room 209, 5031 University Way Northeast, Seattle, WA 98105

29th August – 10:30-12:00  8th Annual Northwest Permaculture Convergence,  Eugene, Oregon, USA; See

29th August – Short free preview talk  7:30-8:30 pm,  People’s Food Co-op, 3029 SE 21st Avenue Portland, OR 97202

30th August – 6-9pm; People’s Food Co-op, 3029 SE 21st Avenue Portland, OR 97202; it is in the Community Room, on the second floor. Around the World in 80 plants: Part 1: Introduction – my own story and an intro to perennial vegetables; Around the world in 80 plants , Part 1 – North America, Scandinavia, Western and Central Europe, Mediterranean (continued in Monday’s talk). See

31st August –  6-9pm, Taborspace, 5441 SE Belmont Street, Portland, Oregon 97215, in Muir Hall, on the main level.  Around the world in 80 plants , Part 2: Introduction – my own story and an intro to perennial vegetables; Around the world in 80 plants , Part 2 – Mediterranean (II), the Caucasus and West Asia, the Himalaya, Siberia, the Far East (Korea, Japan, China), New Zealand, South America and ending in North America. See 

3rd  September – 12:30pm to 5pm – Feral Farm, Upper Skagit Valley, Washington State, USA . I look forward to co-teaching with Matt van Boven!  See (and

5th  September – 1pm to 5pm  Sal Garðyrkjufélags Íslands, Síðumúla 1, Reykjvaík  “Ætar plöntur með Stephen Barstow – Námskeið Sumarhússins og garðsins (Edible plants with Stephen Barstow)”  See

7th  September – 10:00am to 4pm – Hlíðardalsskóli, Iceland. Workshop on “Plants worthy of trying out in Iceland” and

3rd November – “Around the World Vegetable Diversity in Norway”, talk at the seminar “Ny start for utviklingen av Norsk grønnsaksmangfold: Inspirasjon fra utlandet og fra vår egen historie” arranged by Organic Norway (Oikos), Oslo, Norway

Past Events (2014) : 

12. mars   Åsnes Hagelag, Skogsbrukskolen, Gjesåsen  (Foredrag)

13. mars  Hydros Hageklubb, Oslo (Foredrag)

15. mars Frøsamlernes Forårskursus 2014, Copenhagen (Foredrag)

27. april Portåsens vårmarked, Mjøndalen  Foredrag  (Foredrag)

27. april Spiselig By Horten (Foredrag)
Helgen 10. – 11. mai  Hvaler Hagelag  (foredrag og villsanking)

1. juni  Vestvågøy seiersløk safari  (villsanking og besøk for å se løkhagen på Lofotr)

1.– 4.  juni  Skomvær Fyr (Lighthouse), Permagrønnsakskurs med kunstneriske innslag på Skomvær 17.- 20. juni  Holma skogsträdgård, Höör, Sverige  Foredrag og kurs (Holma, Lund og Malmø)

22. juni  Ekebo Andelsgård, Nesodden Kl. 10 -16  Kursdag med fokus på flerårige grønnsaker (samarbeid mellom EKEBO andelsgård og Sletta Permakultura).

24. juli  Bærum Permakulturforening  kl. 18-21 i Dæliveien 56 i Bærum (minikurs)

25. – 29. juli   European Permaculture Convergence, Lake Batak, Bulgaria   (workshops and foraging)

14. – 17. august  Nordic Permaculture Festival,  Friland på Djursland  (foredrag)

24. august  Internasjonal kjøkkenhagendag på Tingvoll (kort halvtimers innlegg under selve arrangement etterfulgt av et minikurs)

30. – 31. august    Økologisk Høstmarked, Grennesminde, Copenhagen, Danmark (jeg var overdommer på verdens første Fantasisalater konkurransen og holdt et kurs hos Naturplanteskolen)

12. september  Talk to various transition / permaculture groups, Ottawa, Canada

21. september  Arktisk Matfestival, Mosjøen (kort foredrag  og villsanking)

15.  oktober  Stjørdal Hagelag   Foredrag

19. oktober Bergen (Norsk Permakulturforening, lokallag Hordaland), Bærekraftig liv,  Løvstakken Minikurs

20. oktober   Tysvær Hagelag   Foredrag

21. oktober  Sola Helsefarm, Stavanger  Minikurs

19. november JABB Trondheim (30 minutters innlegg om Plantearven og min bok)

29. november Bokslipp Oslo Mathallen

8. – 14. desember Bokslipp UK

16. desember Malvik Biblioteket (foredrag)


8 thoughts on “Talks/courses/foraging trips in 2017”

    1. Hei Vera,

      Jeg hadde et helg kurs på Hvaler i mai….det er ikke utenkelig at jeg tar meg en tur før eller siden i at min datter flytter til Fredrikstad i disse dager :)

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  2. hi Stephen
    I’ve just discovered your website and really interested to hear what you’ve been doing. I’ve been living in Norway for the past 3 years and in that time have got more into growing. I don’t have a garden of my own right now but grow in containers whilst also trying to hook up with other growing initiatives in the (Scandi) area. I’m originally from the UK and learnt about forest gardening through Martin Crawford but I didn’t realise until now that there was anything happening with perennial vegetable growing here in Norway so am really excited to discover there is! Would it be possible to pick your brains some time as I’d like to explore how I can meaningfully get more involved in this area here in Norway? Many thanks.

      1. Many thanks Stephen, I’ll check FB out. Yes, I hope to catch one of your events one day soon! In the meantime, would you be able to advise where it’s possible to get hold of seeds/seedlings of perennial veg here in Norway?

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