Edible, Medicinal Plants and Herb Class
$30.00 – $600.00
“Feed your Friends and Heal your Family”… all from your backyard!
- Fall 2020: Saturday September 12, 2020
- Spring 2021 Saturday May 18, 2021
- Summer 2021 Saturday July 17, 2021
Class Length: 1 day (10 AM to 4 PM)
Price: $60 (or bring a friend….2 people for $100)
Child (13 or under) $30
Discount – Take all 3 (Spring – Summer – Fall for only $150
“Nature provides a smorgasbord of food, however the table is hundreds of miles long and its set seasonally“
There are hundreds of plants to eat in the woods and some (very few) that you shouldn’t. These classes will show you which are which and how to enjoy them!
This is one of the most comprehensive Edible/Medicinal Plant classes you can attend. We offer classes in the Spring, Summer and Fall since different plants come into season at different times of the year and all of the plants look a little different as the grow and mature.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT EACH CLASS
Each class will begin with a general discussion on where to collect, what time of day is best for collecting, how to dry herbs and go over terminology like infusions, decoctions. tinctures and salves. We follow this with a detailed slide show detailing the plants available in the northeast United States showing how the plants will look at that specific time of year.
Late Morning to early afternoon:
In the late morning we will then car-pool and go out in the field to several areas to show you what plants are out that season and what they look like. Beginning in a suburban backyard setting you will learn to identify plants and nutritional weeds that you have been stepping over for years that you could of been putting on the dinner table. Then we’ll go to an urban setting followed by a more wooded area designed to get you comfortable with identifying the plants you saw in the slide show out in the fields.
Please bring a brown bag lunch for our break mid-daybreak.
After lunch we’ll focus on the hand-on part of the class where each person will help prepare the topic of the month such as making a jam or jelly, brewing up Dandelion Wine, or making a First Aid salve for burns, cuts and bruises..
Class typically ends around 4 PM
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE CLASSES (SPRING – SUMMER – FALL)
The two main differences between the classes are (1.) the plants we’ll cover that are ready to eat and use for medicine and (2.) their appearance (since plants change appearance slightly as they grow throughout the year). These are the 2 main reasons we offer 3 Plant Classes, one in every season. There are plants such as Roses and Rose Hips (high in Vitamin C) that we do not cover in the spring class since the rose hips are not produced in the Spring. You can’t eat Purslane in the Spring or Fall since its only around in June and July.
The Spring Class will focus on the plants that are useful and growing in the spring. It is geared toward wild edibles since all of the plants coming up are young and tender. This is a perfect start to your Plant Education since you will be able to follow the plants as they grow and change during the year. Learn how to use Violet flowers to make a tasty desert.Get the recipe for Dandelion Wine and learn what part of the plant can help rejuvenate your liver. And what plant clas would be complete without talking about the “weight-loss” tea that you can make from Chickweed!
The Summer Class includes both medicinal and edible plants. One of the plants that will be covered is the one to the left that was used in the Civil War. It can still be used today to stop bleeding. We also discuss the plant on the right as a treatment for Poison Ivy. To augment your brown bag lunch we will be collecting a common weed that was mentioned and eaten raw for lunch by Henry David Thoreau in his book “Walden”, or learn how to cook and prepare it as an appetizer. This recipe may be the hit of your next party or picnic. Learn what plant is the best mosquito repellent and how to use the plant on the right to cure Poison Ivy.
The Fall Class will encompass the fall plants that are in season as well as the plants that will be available later in the season. We will also cover making cordage (string or rope) out of weed stalks that are available this time of year as well as drying plants for the upcoming winter. The fall is for drying plants and storing them for winter so you’ll have a chance to taste a variety of teas we’ve dried ranging from “Catnip” tea to fresh Peppermint tea. We will also cover tree identification in this class.
Your really do not need to bring anything to class except rain-wear and footwear for rain (just in case) as well as a notebook and paper if you wish to take notes, which we recommend. A camera might also come in handy if you want to take some photos of the plants on our field walk.