Wild Edible Plant Lectures & Walks
April 23, 2016: Wild Edible Plants lecture at the Backyard Homesteading Fair in Castle Rock. Sponsored by Douglas County Libraries, held at 100 S. Wilcox Street, it will begin at 10:00 am. The lecture will begin at 11:00 am, during which you will discover the value of wild edible plants, their nutritional and health benefits, poisonous look-alikes and ethical harvesting guidelines.
Call Douglas Country at 303-791-7323 for more information.
Private Plant Walks by Appointment Only
In January, I moved to Silverthorne, CO in order to experiment with and learn high altitude forest farming of wild edible plants. I will also lead private group plant walks in and around the Silverthorne/Dillon/Breckenridge area. Please contact me to schedule. Hope to see you in the mountains. Happy Grazing!
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Wild Edible Plant Workshop
May 31: Join us at Fountain Creek Nature Center for a Wild Edible Plant Workshop. Discover the value of wild edible plants; their nutritional and health benefits, springtime identification tips, poisonous look-a-likes, and ethical harvesting guidelines. Workshop includes an indoor presentation followed by an identification walk and plant preparation demonstration. $20/person or register with a partner for a 50% discount on the second ticket. You may register directly with Fountain Creek Nature Center.
May 31, 2015: Discover the value of wild edible plants, their nutritional and health benefits, springtime identification tips, poisonous look-alikes, and ethical harvesting guidelines. Workshop includes an indoor presentation followed by an identification walk outside and plant preparation demonstration. $18/member, $20/non-member, or register with a partner and receive 50% discount on the second ticket. Reservations required. You may register directly with Fountain Creek Nature Center. 719-520-6745.
Edible Plant Demonstration
June 11: Visit Earth’s Green Gifts at the Colorado Farm & Art Market from 4-6pm at The Ivywild School. We will be available to discuss the nutritional benefits of wild edible foods and demonstrate a few preparation ideas!
Edible Plant Demonstration
June 14: Visit Earth’s Green Gifts at the Colorado Farm & Art Market from 10-12 noon at the Margarita at Pine Creek Restaurant. We will be available to discuss the nutritional benefits of wild edible foods and demonstrate a few preparation ideas!
Visit Survival Garden
Visit the new Wild Edible Plant Survival Garden built in collaboration with Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield. This garden features over 30 edible plants found along the Front Range. Contact us for a guided tour to learn of the nutritional and health benefits of these plants.
Wild Edible Plant Workshop
July 12: Be among the first to experience Denver Botanic Gardens’ new Survival Garden. This garden features over 30 tasty wild plants. Because they are conveniently located in one place, it affords the opportunity to closely observe and learn their key identification characteristics, leaf structure, and growth habits. This experience will build your confidence to point them out on your next family outing or provide food should you become unduly detained in the mountains.
Wild plants are often categorized as edible or medicinal. But, the edible plants offer many intrinsic health benefits, as well. For example, dandelion tea has long been used as a daily liver tonic and cleanser. In this class, we will not only learn plants’ nutritional values, but also taste and sense the healing properties of teas from such plants as nettle, catnip and evening primrose.
You may register on the Denver Botanic Garden’s website.
Wild Edible Plant Walk
July 19: Discover the tremendous variety of wild edible plants that volunteer to grow around us! This workshop will start with a discussion on the nutritional and health benefits of wild edible plants, identification tips, and harvesting ethics. We will then identify about 30 edible plants that are growing along the Santa Fe Trail. Because there are so many plants close by, the expected walking distance will only be about ½ mile.
Due to limited parking space at the Woodmen access point, we will meet at the Park-n-Ride on the southwest corner of Woodmen and Corporate Center Dr. (just 1 block west of I-25)
Bring water, notebook, pencil and camera (optional)
Space is limited. Please register at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 719-332-1464
Bow and Arrow Making Class
August 7 – 11: Have you wanted to learn or enhance your bow and arrow making skills? Here is your chance. Taught by Tom Brown Tracker School’s Mike Panella, you will learn while creating your own bow and arrow set. Bow staves, arrow supplies, and tools will be provided. While the focus of this course is on developing primitive bow-making skills, Mike is skilled at making both primitive bows and works of art from Osage Orange. Join us for shared learning, camaraderie, and group fun.
The location will be at a camping facility in the Boulder area. The specific location will depend upon the number registered.
The course cost includes instruction, food, and site rental. Each participant is responsible for their own tent, and sleeping gear.
Registrations must be made by July 13, 2014. To register, contact Tamara at 719-332-1464.
Course Cost: $525 per person
Wild Edible Berries, Seeds, and Nuts
September 27: Fall is the time to discover the many wild edible berries, seeds, and nuts that are available all around us. Many have experienced the joy of discovering a wild raspberry, but what about solomonseal, golden currant, or squawbush berries? Have you considered adding sprouted amaranth seed to your cereal or acorns to your granola? This workshop includes an indoor presentation, a plant identification walk, and a seed and acorn preparation demonstration. $20/person (mbrs $18/person) or register with a partner and receive a 50% discount on the second ticket.
Time: 9am – 12 noon
This course is located at Fountain Creek Nature Center. Call Fountain Creek Nature Center on 719-520-6745 to register.
Fall Wild Edible Workshop at Venetucci Farm
September 20: Have you considered adding sprouted amaranth to your cereal, dock seeds to your granola, or mallow seeds to your stew? This fall, discover the many wild edible berries, seeds and nuts that are available all around us. Our workshop will include;
- An introductory discussion on nutritional values of wild edible plants, identification tips, and harvesting guidelines
- A plant identification walk
- A demonstration on seed sprouting and processing acorns
Time: 9 am – 11:30 am