What we're about

Want to reconnect with Earth, eat healthy, get exercise, learn new skills, and meet great people? This is a group for folks interested in sharing knowledge on living from the land. All skill levels and ages are welcome.

We like to offer plenty of opportunities for members to come together and practice our skills. So we have free events at least once per month that focus on things like searching for wild foods, completing projects that would traditionally be done in large communities (such as processing a large harvest or building a shelter), swapping home made items with other members, or just sitting around a fire working on traditional crafts. We also hold a variety of classes for our members. The topics of these classes are chosen based on member interest and range from edible and medicinal plant walks to mushroom growing to cooking classes to tanning and primitive tool making. Fees for these classes will vary.

Some of our outdoor events are held in areas that are not accessible to those with limited mobility. This will be noted in the event description. On rare occasions you may need minimal equipment (such as waders or a hunting vest). We never want to exclude anyone from classes due to cost, so if you cannot afford the fee please contact the instructor to discuss barter or work study.

The Central Chapter holds events primarily in the area from Battle Creek to Ann Arbor, north into Midland and Flint.

Upcoming events (5)

Herbal Medicine Cabinet, part 1

Tantre Farm

What would your medicine cabinet would look like if you replaced your over the counter stuff with herbal remedies? Now is your chance to find out! In this series, we will make salves, balms, tinctures, syrups, compresses, and teas to treat everthing from cuts, scrapes and muscle aches to cold and flu. We will spend 3 afternoons in the kitchen, using lawn weeds and common garden herbs to produce medicines that can take the place of over the counter remedies. Participants will learn about the healing properties of the plants, as well as the techniques for extracting and preserving the medicinal qualities. These classes will not include a plant walk. All plants will be pre-harvested so that we can focus on learning the techniques. In Part 1 (2/2), we will make First Aid Salve, Headache Tincture, Cold and Flu Tincture, and Tummy Tea. In Part 2 (2/16), we will make Muscle Ache Balm, Sleep Solution, Cough and Cold Syrup, and Itch and Bite Butter. In Part 3 (3/2) we 2ill make Tooth and Gum Rub (which the dentist swears saved my husband from a root canal), Eye Relief Compress, Stress Less Lotion, and Health Maintenance Teas. Take 1 class, 2 classes, or take the entire series and replace your OTC medicines with your own, homemade remedies. $40 per class or $100 for entire series. Space is limited. Pre-registration required at https://squareup.com/store/willforageforfood or PM me to make payment arrangments and reserve your spot.

Herbal Medicine Cabinet, part 2

Tantre Farm

What would your medicine cabinet would look like if you replaced your over the counter stuff with herbal remedies? Now is your chance to find out! In this series, we will make salves, balms, tinctures, syrups, compresses, and teas to treat everthing from cuts, scrapes and muscle aches to cold and flu. We will spend 3 afternoons in the kitchen, using lawn weeds and common garden herbs to produce medicines that can take the place of over the counter remedies. Participants will learn about the healing properties of the plants, as well as the techniques for extracting and preserving the medicinal qualities. These classes will not include a plant walk. All plants will be pre-harvested so that we can focus on learning the techniques. In Part 1 (2/2), we will make First Aid Salve, Headache Tincture, Cold and Flu Tincture, and Tummy Tea. In Part 2 (2/16), we will make Muscle Ache Balm, Sleep Solution, Cough and Cold Syrup, and Itch and Bite Butter. In Part 3 (3/2) we 2ill make Tooth and Gum Rub (which the dentist swears saved my husband from a root canal), Eye Relief Compress, Stress Less Lotion, and Health Maintenance Teas. Take 1 class, 2 classes, or take the entire series and replace your OTC medicines with your own, homemade remedies. $40 per class or $100 for entire series. Space is limited. Pre-registration required at https://squareup.com/store/willforageforfood or PM me to make payment arrangments and reserve your spot.

Herbal Medicine Cabinet, part 3

Tantre Farm

What would your medicine cabinet would look like if you replaced your over the counter stuff with herbal remedies? Now is your chance to find out! In this series, we will make salves, balms, tinctures, syrups, compresses, and teas to treat everthing from cuts, scrapes and muscle aches to cold and flu. We will spend 3 afternoons in the kitchen, using lawn weeds and common garden herbs to produce medicines that can take the place of over the counter remedies. Participants will learn about the healing properties of the plants, as well as the techniques for extracting and preserving the medicinal qualities. These classes will not include a plant walk. All plants will be pre-harvested so that we can focus on learning the techniques. In Part 1 (2/2), we will make First Aid Salve, Headache Tincture, Cold and Flu Tincture, and Tummy Tea. In Part 2 (2/16), we will make Muscle Ache Balm, Sleep Solution, Cough and Cold Syrup, and Itch and Bite Butter. In Part 3 (3/2) we 2ill make Tooth and Gum Rub (which the dentist swears saved my husband from a root canal), Eye Relief Compress, Stress Less Lotion, and Health Maintenance Teas. Take 1 class, 2 classes, or take the entire series and replace your OTC medicines with your own, homemade remedies. $40 per class or $100 for entire series. Space is limited. Pre-registration required at https://squareup.com/store/willforageforfood or PM me to make payment arrangments and reserve your spot.

Edible Plant Walk

Gerald E Eddy Discovery Center

Find out what Mother Nature has to offer as we look for edible, medicinal, and otherwise useful plants and mushrooms on the Discovery Center trails. The walk will be leisurely, but participants need to be able to handle uneven, shrubby or muddy ground, as we may leave the trail to search for these plants. Sponsored by the Friends of Eddy Discovery Center, $3 donation requested.

Past events (286)

Sweet Potato Patch 101

Iggy's Acres

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