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Learn to cultivate, prepare, and use native California edible/medicinal plants.

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Hello Everyone!

Coming up this Saturday Feb. 25th (10am-4pm)...for those of you interested in learning how to cultivate, prepare, and use native California edible/medicinal plants. I'll be co-teaching this class with botanist/author Glenn Keator PhD...a prolific writer, researcher, grower, and teacher specializing in California natives. Just A FEW of the books Glenn has authored in the last several decades: "Plants of the East Bay Parks", "California Plant Families", "Complete Garden Guide to the Native Perennials of California", "Designing California Native Gardens: The Plant Community Approach to Artful, Ecological Gardens", "Introduction to the Trees of the San Francisco Bay Region"....again, just to name a few. This is a VERY dense interdisciplinary workshop and is quite unique in its scope. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from not one, but TWO professional California plant specialists!

Also coming up on Sunday, Feb. 26th: "Herb Walk at Samuel P. Taylor State Park" in Marin County, Sunday March 4th: "Herb Walk at Butano State Park" near Pescadero, CA, and March 15-19 in Southern California: "Edible & Medicinal Plants of the Anza-Borrego Desert Region".

Early bird pre-registration discount for the Anza-Borrego trip ends on Wed. Feb. if you are interested in attending, now is the time to act!

Hope to see you!

Tellur Fenner


With the popularity of herbal medicine increasing at an exponential rate in the U.S, real concerns arise with regard to the sustainability of the practice. Back east, sustained high deman...d for industry favorites such as Goldenseal, Black Cohosh, American Ginseng, and Echinacea have left once thriving plant communities on the brink of extinction. Unethical harvesting practices in conjunction with ever increasing urban and agricultural expansion are the main culprits in this tragedy. Here in the west, we are starting to see some of these same impacts on our own unique medicinal plant communities. Obviously, in a liberal minded urban center such as the Bay Area we would be in serious trouble if all those interested in plant medicine traveled to the outlying areas to harvest. To remedy this dilemma it is imperative that we begin to expand our cultivation of such useful plants in yards, gardens, and other areas around the cities where we live. The morning session will consist of an interactive lecture/slideshow, while the afternoon session will take place outside on a “converted” urban plot which has undergone such a transformation. Many of the more popular (and lesser known) medicinal plants of California will be covered in the class including both natives and "weeds". Each student will take home a medicinal plant cutting from the garden.

Date/Time: Saturday, February 25. 10am-4pm.

Location: Berkeley, CA

Instructors: Tellur Fenner and Glenn Keator

Fee: $65

To Bring: Notebook, camera, water, lunch, warm clothes/rain gear.

Registration: Email (prefered)- bluewindbmc(at)gmail(dot)com
Phone: 510-428-1810


(Seasonal Herb Walk Series)

From the mist shrouded sea cliffs to the sun-baked arid expanse of its eastern most regions, the San Francisco Bay area provides us with a chance to view a large variety of botanical specimens all within a relatively small geographical range. Join us as we discover together the diverse array of both edible and medicinal plants found growing within these contrasting yet closely interconnected micro-climates. Historical and modern medicinal applications will be covered along with any edible and/or utilitarian potential. Tips on basic plant identification will be offered, with an emphasis on how to differentiate poisonous look-alike plants from their beneficial counterparts. Plant family characteristics will be discussed as well.


Samuel P. Taylor State Park (Lagunitas, CA). Sunday, February 26. 10am-4pm. $40.

Butano State Park (Pescadero, CA). Sunday, March 4. 10am-4pm. $40.

Instructor: Tellur Fenner

Make sure to bring: Water, lunch, notebook, hat/sunscreen, rain gear, and a camera.

Registration: Email (preferred): bluewindbmc (at)gmail (dot) com
Phone: 510-428-1810



Anza-Borrego lies within the Colorado Desert of Southern California, which in turn comprises the western-most extension of the larger Sonoran Desert. Of the four U.S. deserts, the Sonoran is by far the most botanically diverse, and is home to a large number of medicinal, edible, and other such useful plants. Come join us as we explore this vast and tranquil landscape in search of many of these colorful treasures of spring. Topics to be covered include: field botany/ID, plant family characteristics, medicinal/edible/utilitarian uses, medicine making techniques, ethical harvesting practices, safety issues, natural history, and more. Days will be spent hiking and exploring trails which wind through the various plant communities in the area. Nights will include interactive hands-on workshops, relaxing with friends, not to mention camping under a blanket of stars, springs.

To Bring:

Since this is a car-camping trip, no serious backpacking gear is necessary. Things that are necessary are: Tent, Sleeping Bag, Rain Gear, Warm Clothes (the desert can be chilly at night!), Hiking Boots, Hat/Sunscreen, Daypack, Food/Snacks (class fee does not include meals), Camp Stove, Camping Chair, Camping Pad, Swimming Suit (for hot springs), Flashlight, Water Bottles (at least 5 gallons per person), Firewood, and most importantly...a sense of adventure!

Optional (yet recommended):

Notebook, Camera, Hand-lens, “The Jepson Desert Manual” and/or “A Flora of San Diego County, California”, “Sonoran Desert Wildflowers” by Spellenberg, and “Medicinal Plants of the Desert and Canyon West” by Moore.

Meet-up/Departure Time:

We will meet near the park at a designated camping area between 4pm-7pm (traffic may be tricky) on Thursday March 15. Class ends after breakfast (around 9am) on Tuesday March 20.

Interested, but don’t have a car? Inquire about carpooling options.

When: Thu, March 15, 2011, 4pm – Tue, March 20, 2011, 9am (Partial attendance possible)

Where: Near Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Approximately 90 miles east of San Diego, CA.

Class Fee: Pre-registration discount- $200/ entire session. $150/ 3 days. $100/ 2 days (expires Feb. 29th). After Feb. 29th: $240/ entire session. $180/ 3 days. $120/ 2 days.

Instructor: Tellur Fenner

Registration: Email (preferred): bluewindbmc (at) gmail (dot) com
Phone: 510-428-1810

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