We love wild things of all description, and we love to share knowledge about plants that we hope will help us grow and be healthy - physically, emotionally and spiritually. So, if you want to get together, get outside, and learn about wild-growing edible and medicinal plants, or just want to know what weeds in your garden can be put to good use in your kitchen, join us for guided wild-weed-walks, foraging excursions, wild herbal workshops, and other courses. Learn how to make your own herbal remedies and about safe, responsible, and environmentally-friendly foraging. And meet local foragers who will share your enthusiasm and their recipes and harvesting locations!
. *Some events are free; others will carry a fee, but, we do have a sliding scale fee-system for those who might need a bit of help to come out and join us. Just email Jennie to discuss. The idea is to be empowered and included, and work together for awareness and impact!
We have a website (http://itsawildthing.com)(in progress... but might be ready when you check). Take a look for our upcoming blog and homemade herbal products, like the awesome finishing salts made with locally foraged herbs, shown below. Sales of these salts go directly to the creation to Green-Belt Kids: a children's garden project to teach food security to thousands of children in the Niagara Escarpment region over the next few years. This project is in the planning stage. (If you wish to support Green Belt Kids, please contact me!). It's a Wild Thing forager's salts, and wild teas, can be purchased right off the shelves at Centro Gardens (http://www.centrogarden.com/) in Burlington.
Join me in learning how to make Amadou, an amazing material that humankind has relied upon for warmth and light since the dawn of time, as testified by the discovery of the 5,300 year-old hunter, the Otzi Man of the Otztal Alps, whose mummified body was found in a glacier near the Austro-Italian border in 1991.
Using ancient technology, modern tools, and a little elbow-grease, we'll prepare Amadou from the Tinderbox Fungus, and learn how to use it to capture, harness and transport fire.
We will also talk about uses and medicines of other mushrooms that can be found and harvested in winter - Birch Polypore, Reisinous Polypore, and Turkey-Tail.
What you need:
* A good quality carving knife and be comfortable using it.
* A piece of old leather to use as a leg-shield (or bring an old leather jacket)
* Something to carry your Amadou home in - a small jar, paper bag, or a fabric- or leather pouch.
* A thermos of hot water/tea/coffee
* A hearty snack (not in plastic packaging that can blow away, pls)
* If you use reading glasses, you'll need them for this!
* Notebook, camera, pen if you like
* DRESS WARMLY! Layer up, with care to keep your feet warm. Snow pants and "hot-shots" to toss into your mittens would be wise. We expect to have a small campfire, but please dress to be warm and comfortable so you can enjoy the work we do together. We can't control the weather!
Note - Soon after RSVP'ing, you'll receive a meetup-message with my email (Use the email for an e-transfer payment, or to discuss payment options with me). Those who have RSVP'd but not yet made payment will be put on the waiting list until they have a chance to pay. Paid members will be moved back to RSVP'd status, with their space reserved. This is to make sure those who are able to come have a space, and those who reserve show up! It's first come first severed - Thank you! - Jennie