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Gather Wild Oats and Other Wild Plants

Bring your seedbeaters (yes, this is a real thing, but something like a racquetball racquet will do) and your baskets or wide bags (something to catch them in) and gather some wild oats in the hills. Kevin will also give you a tour of the edible wild plants of the area and tell you all about wild oats.

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  • Celeste K

    When is a good time to gather the nuts from the Bay tree? Is there anything special to look for? Also, how do you prepare them? They were really yummy and i want to try to make them on my own - thanks for your help! That was a wonderful class :)

    May 31, 2012

  • Michael

    Yeah. I spread the oats out on a plate and covered it with foil and punctured the foil. We'll see how they turn out. How long should I dry them out for?

    May 31, 2012

  • Kevin F.

    removing the husks later certainly might prove to be a lot of work, but drying them out should be just forgetting about them in the right place

    May 31, 2012

  • Michael

    That's pretty cool. Have you begun drying them out? I am trying to, but it seems like a lot of work.

    May 31, 2012

  • Nicole A.

    OMG! the 5 acres that I live right next to is ALL oats! Thanks for teaching me what to look for!!

    May 30, 2012

  • Nicole A.

    Loved learning about the local abundance!

    May 30, 2012

  • Michael

    I had a blast. I can't wait for more of these. I'd like to see the whole thing through though with maybe some sort of group preparation, even if it meant just a little salad at the end. But all in all I can't wait to do some other events with this group.

    May 27, 2012

  • Nicole A.

    I will be there and have a TON of baskets for those that need one. Just let me know!

    May 20, 2012

  • Anna S

    I'd love to come on this and many others but I'm in the south bay and the logistics usually don't work out for me. :-( What uses do these have?

    May 14, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Interesting! thanks for the info - I'm definitely looking fwd to doing one of yr events eventually. I keep eyeing your Lafayette foraging tour, too :)

    May 12, 2012

  • Kevin F.

    I know the time isn't ideal, but wild oats ripen suddenly and are gone until next year.

    May 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This sounds like a great idea! Too bad I can't take off from work for it - maybe if I had more notice, or if it was on a weekend for sure. I hope there'll be more events like this down the road. Thanks!

    May 12, 2012

  • Kevin F.

    A seed beater is not required! :) But the widest basket or any form of seed catcher you can fathom will be very helpful. A paper bag will suffice but is far less efficient

    May 11, 2012

  • Wendy

    Where does one procure a seed beater?

    May 11, 2012

  • Laura F.

    But it's the same plant, yes? i've been trying to figure that out for some time. :)

    May 11, 2012

  • Kevin F.

    Yes, but oatstraw is when it's still green and is used for tea and skin care. We can get that, maybe some milky oat tops that are left, but the seed beating is for wild oats, meaning wild oatmeal. The grain. There's also dozens of other wild edible plants growing amongst them that we can learn about and gather

    May 11, 2012

  • Laura F.

    Funny - was just looking at oatstraw today wondering...why doesn't anyone eat this...is this what you mean?? http://www.ageless.co.za/herbs/oat-straw.jpg

    Sounds like fun. yay oaties! yay seedbeaters!

    May 11, 2012

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