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Wild Edible Plant Foraging & Herbal Medicine Making with Chris & Kim

Join instructors Kim & Chris Chisholm for great day together. We'll begin the morning inside by infusing healing herbs in warm oil as a precursor to salve-making near the end of the day.  Then we'll go through an informative slide show before heading outside to discuss then practice honorable harvesting methods and plant stewardship as we select the plant parts we need and carefully collect and store them for later use. You'll learn when and where to look for the Top 10 Wild Food Plants of our region, and how to identify and prepare them.  We'll also spend some time examining poisonous look-a-likes and we'll discuss safety in the forest. Some of the knowledge we'll touch on includes:

• How to harvest, process and store the Top 10 Edible Plants.
• How to understand the meaning of herbal medicine plant characteristics (astringents, etc.)
• How to honorably harvest and process plants
• Harvest and cook with cattails, hazelnuts, and more.

During lunchtime, we'll process the plants we've collected, and enjoy some tasty samples.  Please pack a lunch to supplement what we collect:)  We'll  also learn key characteristics of common and important plant families, including the plants we harvested earlier in the day. Next we'll look for our Top 10 Medicinal Plants found in the region, and discuss when (time of day, season, etc.) to collect them and how to process them for optimal efficacy.  We'll spend the rest of the afternoon experimenting and making herbal remedies, including but not limited to:

• Tinctures
• Glycerites
• Salves
• Decoctions
• Infusions

"It was a relaxed group of participants with varying degrees of outdoors experience. Throughout the day, we learned about the uses of local plants for survival. Chris encouraged active learning among the group with his careful explanations on how to harvest and consume plants on the trail in a sustainable way. We spent the second half of the day at Chris and Kim's farm, where we saw how to make a fire, soup bowls, and boiled nettle stew using nothing but wood and stone. We also used freshly harvested ingredients to make tinctures and balms that we took home in sample jars. As another eloquent attendee put it, learning how to survive in nature makes it possible to walk out of your home and feel like you're walking into your living room. By the end of this meetup, sitting by our fire and drinking nettle soup, I had tasted the possibilities of living in the wilderness, and was ready to come back to learn survival skills in more serious detail." - Samual Wan, Herbal First Aid Workshop, 2010/03/05


• $65 general.
• $60 for a second friend/family member.
• $55 for a third friend/family member, or if you attended one of our introductory plant classes or the seaweeds workshop.
• $50 per additional friend/family member.
• $45 if you attended this workshop or an herbal or survival camp/expedition with us in the past. However, if you would like to take home supplies, please make an additional contribution.

We will also have our recommended field guides for sale, including Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast, Botany in a Day, Edible Wild Plants, Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide and more. Finally, please note that we can only scrape the surface in a 6 hour workshop, so if you would like to learn to a more advanced level and have time to really practice your skills, please enroll in our 5 Day Summer Course: Wild Ethnobotany and the Herbal Foray.

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