Last year, Arthur Haines came to Massachusetts to teach us about wild edibles. This year we will instead go to his backyard in western Maine to learn some of what he has to teach- including wild edibles and natural medicines, and also some primitive skills including friction fire making and possibly natural cordage making. If you want to know more about what Arthur does, check out his website; he also teaches other courses and you can find them there.
Arthur grew up in the western mountains of Maine and spent most of his childhood in the Sandy River Valley hiking, tracking, and foraging. He graduated from the University of Maine with a B.S. in Wildlife Management and a M.S. in Botany and Plant Pathology. During his graduate studies he worked as a mountain guide, teaching people to move over rock and ice and exposing them to the challenges of steep terrain. Arthur now works as a plant taxonomist and teacher. He has written several books and published many papers in peer-reviewed journals.
Arthur spends a great deal of his free time foraging for food, medicine, and other materials. As a consequence, a significant portion of his calories comes from wild foods that are gathered locally and all of his medicines are produced from wild plants that are gathered in the northeast. He enjoys showing his students how they can be a beneficial component of the local landscape and take part in the life cycle of the plants they harvest. Combining traditional methods with modern research helps Arthur to create a compelling picture of the ways wild plants can nourish and heal our bodies. Therefore, changing people's attitudes about the landscape (in particular, the remaining open spaces) is one of the primary emphases of Arthur's teaching and writing. Wild places (large and small) harbor nutrient-dense foods, potent medicines, and raw materials that can enrich the lives of people who choose to participate in local ecology.
The course will be limited to 10 attendees. We will drive to Maine the evening before and camp out there, then spend the day learning from Arthur and drive back home afterwards. No previous experience is required. Hope to see you there!