Walk into a meadow or along a woodland trail, and you are surrounded with edible and medicinal plants, many with long-standing traditional uses and each with a unique ecology.
This class will explore the myriad uses for introduced and native plant species, as fruits, spices, teas, salves, oils, and more. We will also discuss each plant's role within its natural habitat.
Plant identification, safety and responsible collecting, and basic ecology will be taught as part of an ethic of stewardship towards the land.
Each class features a leisurely-paced hike, during which we'll find, discuss, and sample wild plants. This course is offered as a three part series and students should attend all.
Class 1: Plants of Early Spring - April 25, 2015
Botany and plant ecology basics
Safety & responsible collecting
Identifying and using spring greens, bitters, barks, and spring ephemerals
Infusions and decoctions for tea
Class 2: Late Spring in the Field and Forest - May 23, 2015
The ecology of late spring - canopy closure and meadow emergence
Preparing plants for food and medicine
Identifying and using edible and medicinal plants of late spring
Class 3: The Summer - June 13, 2015
Plant stewardship at home
Identifying and using edibles and medicines of early summer
Salves and oils for summer complaints
Cost: $75 per person for the entire 3-class series. Appropriate for young adults and older.