Join Rockland Forager Paul Tappenden and Herbalist Elana Fine to learn about native plants and how to use them in your every-day cooking and home medicinal use.
Course Description - One class option
Each course will start with a plant identification walk. You will learn about common edible plants and the habitat they grow in.
Paul will point out the parts that are edible: shoots, leaves, buds, berries, nuts, or roots. Some plants can be eaten raw and we will be tasting these as we go along. Certain plants need to be cooked first to be palatable.
Many plants have high nutritional values, one of the many great benefits of foraging for wild edible plants.
Plant ID is a very important part of this workshop. You will learn about poisenous look-alikes and how to make sure the plant you pick is a safe one to eat.
In the second part of our workshop you will learn how to prepare a simple dish with the plants we collected. We will be able to taste a variety of dishes, some made ahead of class.
Finally, our Herbalist Elana will show how to make natural remedies like infused oils, salves and tinctures, as well as herbal first-aid remedies.
We will make simple yet delicious herbal teas, medicinal syrups, and herbal vinegars as well. This part of the class is hands-on and you will be able to take home your very own remedy each class.
Who we are
The Rockland Forager, Paul Tappenden, has been gathering and cooking with wild food for over three decades.
Paul has a wealth of experience and tips to share. Feel free to bring along plants for identification and/or questions you may have.
Our Herbalist, Elana Fine, follows the Wise Woman Traditon of herbal medicine. She is a specialist when it comes to herbal medicines, food preservation, soap making, and natural cosmetics and more.
Meeting Time and Dates - One class option
The class will meet once a month on a Sunday (see dates below). except for the very last class which will be on a Saturday.
There will be 6 3-hour sessions starting at 1PM through 4PM. The course starts in April and ends in November. Here you have the option of joining one individual class only.
We will skip the hot summer months of July and August and continue the class in September.
Dates - You must sign up for each class under this one class option:
Spring & Early Summer Season (3 classes):
Sunday, April 7 - Kennedy Dells Park, New City, NY
Sunday, May 5 - location to be announced
Sunday, June 2- location to be announced
Summer break: July and August
Late Summer & Fall Season (3 classes):
Sunday, September 8 - location to be announced
Sunday, October 6 - location to be announced
Notice, last class will meet on Saturday November 3 - location to be announced
We will be meeting at various locations in Rockland County. The first class will meet at Kennedy Dells Park in New City. The other locations will be announced well ahead of class.
To prepare for class:
Bring notepad, camera & water. Please dress according to the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.
This workshop covers a range of skills. There is room for participants of all ages and abilities.
If you get lost call Paul Tappenden @[masked] or
Adrienne @[masked] or
If you miss the online registration deadline, you can still register by calling Paul Tappenden @[masked]-5822.
Please pay the course fee on the day of the first class in cash.
Learn more about the Suburban Foragers:
Visit http://www.suburbanforagers.com to learn more about who we are and what we do.
We publish video stories and how-to's, wild food recipes, and blog about wild plants and their culinary and medicinal uses.
Also look for Suburban Foragers on facebook to see what we have been up to lately. We will be publishing interesting tidbits throughout the year https://www.facebook.com/SuburbanForagers