When I was in high school, I took a hike in the desert with an old friend, who picked cactus and other plants we found there to make our lunch. Every since then, I've been curious about the plants in SoCal!
The purpose of this group is to discover, explore and understand the natural resources existing in an urban environment.
During the weekend I teach classes in what I call "Urban Outdoor Skills" and once a month, I take people on a donation-based hike/meeting to explore the city wilderness where we learn about wild edible food, the various uses of plants (medicinal, aromatic, etc...) and how to use nature to become more self-reliant. The hike/Meeting is very informal - we have a mix of experts and novices, this is just a time where we are all students, we just share knowledge about plants and their uses, tips about outdoor skills (such as water purification, tracking, etc...) and self-reliance.
At the end of the hike/meeting, depending on the season, we often create a meal using the plants we collected or sometimes I bring some gourmet food I previously cooked using wild edible plants. Members are welcome to bring their own creation (food or other things).
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