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Forage and Feast Camp
• What we'll do Do you wish you could cook more than burgers, hotdogs and foil packets at camp? Carry less gear when you backpack? Create off-grid meals for yourself and your family? Do you want to Roast eggs in the coals for breakfast? Cook a fish (that you caught) in a pit (that you dug) wrapped in leaves (that you gathered)? Harvest wild yeast to make sourdough, and bake it in a dutch oven on the campfire? This camp will introduce you to several essential foraging and campfire cooking skills. You will learn to set-up a camp kitchen using foraged materials, maintain a cooking fire, and properly use that fire to make delicious meals. All cooking will be done using fire, and we will forage daily and include our harvests in our menu. So you will have the opportunity to experience working with several wild foods as well as several different fire cooking techniques. Each day will also include focused discussions on topics of importance to off-grid cooking, including plant and mushroom identification, fermentation and wild yeasts, food preservation, and water. And, of course, there will be time to relax in the hammock, and tell stories around the campfire. Day 1: Setting up a camp kitchen, Water, Hygiene, Cookfire basics Day 2: Campfire breakfasts, Fermentation and wild yeasts, Off-grid food preservation, Foraging in different seasons and habitats, Rotisserie smoking Day 3: Plant and Mushroom identification, Pit cooking, Baking and deep frying Day 4: Practice and review • What to bring We will be camping near Kalkaska, MI. The camp can accomodate hammocks, tents, and trailers. Participants will be emailed a list of recommended items to bring. • Important to know Individual: $200, Couple: $350, Includes all materials and meals for the weekend. This class is being posted in several places. Class size is small to keep the student-instructor ratio low. This will allow us to focus on your individual interests and provide you with an amazing learning experience. You must register at https://squareup.com/store/willforageforfood to reserve your spot.

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    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 East Chapter covers SE Michigan, Ann Arbor, Brighton, and up into the thumb.

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