Bill and Alice Howenstine, the delightful and knowledgeable owners of Pioneer Tree Farm, are going to lead a workshop in spring foraging! Foraging is the art of finding and responsibly collecting wild things for food, medicine, and use. Bill and Alice have a profound knowledge of their land and of the natural world around them - and excel at sharing this information.
Between the two Howenstines you're sure to learn about our target plants: plant family, latin names, identification, what to look for, what part to use, how to gather, and how to use it. It's a good bet that Bill will ask tricky questions to see if we're listening and learning and that Alice will contribute some loving wisecracks.
Towards the end of class Alice is planning to cook up some of the spring treats we find on the wood-fired cookstove in the class building. Have your class and eat it, too! Does it get better than this?
Bill and Alice Howenstine are the owners of Pioneer Tree Farm, an organic cut your own holiday tree farm. The Howenstines have worked since 1978 to establish their own tree arboretum and now have over 40 kinds of trees living on their gorgeous farm. The Howenstines have contributed much to our group's learning and we are grateful to have them lead us again. Forage on!
Please dress appropriately for outdoor activities and bring your own water bottle with you. Consider sunscreen and bug repellant if you use them.
Please bring some food or drink to share with the group at the end of the meeting if you are so inclined (not mandatory). We'll provide paper plates, napkins, cups, and forks.