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Update Spring 2019.

Classes are are being scheduled and conducted again after several years of being on hold. There are several classes that have a huge number of sign-ups that have been listed for several years. Conducting these are still in the future, as they take more preparation and planning which I am looking forward to.

For the time being, I will be offering classes with a limited number of spaces. If you are interested in attending, I ask you to please, please commit to attending if you RSVP yes. You waste my time and a space another could have used if you are a no-show.

We are surrounded by Wild Eatables! Wild growing plants are REAL natural and whole foods. Some are good for raw food eating, some must be cooked to be eaten. Being in nature and eating from nature gives us spiritual and nutritional and spiritual recreation. We can incorporate into our lives plants that were uses by Indians and herbalists for hundreds of years to relieve suffering and restore balance to ailing bodies.

Working hand in hand with nature by gardening offers exercise, relaxation, nutrition and can be recreational as well.

Other topics include:

*Wild plants in salads

*Wild plants in greens

*Wild plants as seasonings

*Wild plants as teas and flour

*Traditional Wild plant remedies

*Remedies from cultivated plants

*transplanting

*year round gardening

*seed saving

*year round eating cultivated and wild growing plants

Events are held at various locations.

All events have fees. (Our home burned April 2013. There was no insurance coverage, though insurance was applied for 20 years before the fire. We have rebuilding costs to cover in addition to normal living expenses.)

Having knowledge of plants growing in your yard, in alleys nearby, in woods, in abandoned lots or fields contributes to our lives in many ways:

*Self-reliance in troubles times

*Add nutrition to easily storable dried bean and rice

*Improve our self-care and assistance to others

I am sure you can think of additional reasons to increase your knowledge and gentle respectful use of nature's available abundance.

For those deeply interested in this topic, I recommend starting your own resource book, a scrapbook for photos, sketches, instructions and recipes. Never know when you will need a hard copy! The internet just might not be with us our whole lifetime.

Some information about eating plants is on the "About " pages. Be sure to go there!

Upcoming events (3)

Proposed: Studying the Peterson Guide "A FieldGuide to Edible Wild Plants" 4 X

Ignore the date, it is used to set up this proposal and collect list of interested members. I am still dealing with the fact my house burned down without insurance... though we are still making progress) The more I look at the this book, the more impressed I am with it. It doesn't have EVERYTHING in it, but if you were to purchase just one book for foraging, this one would be it in my opinion. (I am probably prejudiced because I grew up with this guide!) In this class we will learn different plant habitats as well as the edibles and the toxic look alikes. The book has manners of food preparations and parts of the plants that can be used in what season... There will be 4 class meeting timed to good diversity in what plants are growing at what stage. (Sept, March, May, July) Depending depending on enrollment, fee $20 - $30 per session ( $80 - $120 for series) plus cost of the text. Barter or cash/barter arrangements can be made. Please RSVP if interested. A free meeting will be set to work out details to accomodate people as well as possible.

Postponed: Forest&Forest Margin Plant year long cycle study - 18 class meetings

No date is set. This announcement is being used to assess interest. RSVP shows interest, not commitment at this time.( i had to set a date to make Meetup send this out) My house burned without insurance (turned down for it due to fire hydrant 1 mile away). We are making progress getting our house back, but is SLOW. Raising money, designing the house, having to be contractor to save money. Thanks for you patience. I will schedule a meeting for those interested in attending to help shape this class towards your learning style or other needs. Here is the proposed class: Purpose: Learn to identify plants in various life cycle stages. Many plants are good eating when they first emerge. However, watching for the mature flowering plant may be the only way to establish identification, and then mark the spot for the following spring. This class can cover all kinds of uses for plants in addition to food and medicine. Purchase of plant books is a class requirement. Tapping trees for sap for drinking and syrup making can be included. Students need access to woodlands at least at least an acre of typical Tennessee trees. (not the tiny woodlots in suburbs. They are not large enough for the plant diversity we want to study) You need to be able to mark areas where you are studying plants with flags or taped borders so you can return every few weeks and document changes in plant appearance. Hopefully students with woods can make their wooded area available for other class members who live reasonably close by. Class meetings happen every two weeks where identification is confirmed and plant info and experience are shared. $cost $25/class for 18 sessions. ($450 for one year). Barter/cash or barter arrangements may be possible. Aim for 16 students. Please comment. Please RSVP if interested. As a group we can set meeting times, which books to use and other ideas to make this a terrific experience!

Proposal: Year round gardening and garden weed eating 10 monthly classes

IGNORE THE DATE! This announcement is for planning this class. Interested members will help decide on start date and schedule. The delay is due to crises of house burning without fire insurance (hydrant 1 mile away, turned down by company). Slow going design house, raise money, organize volunteers, be contractor... Thanks for you patience. This includes flowers that can be eaten, as well as conventional garden crops. Yummy edible weeds that grow in gardens grow big and tender. This class will include how to plan for fresh eating all year. No meeting NOV or Dec. Seed, plants, and produce swaps can happen. Instructor can provide some seeds so everyone doesn't have to go out and buy packages of seeds. Cost $30 / class for 10 meetings or $300 for series. Aim for 13 (+) class size. RSVP if interested. Barter/cash or barter is possibility. There will be a free meeting for those interested to help plan aspects of the class to make it as wonderful as possible. Maybe class members can share garden space?

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