Spring Wild Edible Foods & Herbal Medicine Workshops

March 14, 2020 – Harvesting & Cooking Wild Edible Foods
March 28, 2020 – Wildcrafting, Growing & Making Herbal Medicines

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Join us at Blue Skye Farm in Puyallup WA with lead instructors Kim & Chris Chisholm for one or both of the follwoing workshops:

March 14th Wild Foods: We’ll begin with a unique Conservation College ethnobotany powerpoint, followed by a walk around Blue Skye Farm to learn key plant families, discussing and practicing honorable harvesting methods as we select the plant parts we need to store for later use.

In the afternoon, we’ll head into the wilds to learn when and where to look for the Top Wild Foods of our region, and how to identify and prepare them.  We’ll also mention poisonous look-a-likes and discuss safety in the forest. Finally, we’ll return to Blue Skye Farm to process and cook the plants we’ve collected, and enjoy some tasty samples, but please pack a lunch and/or snacks to supplement what we collect.

March 28th Herbal Medicines: We’ll begin in the morning by infusing healing herbs in warm oil as a precursor to salve-making near the end of the day. We’ll spend the rest of the morning in the Blue Skye Farm herb garden and greenhouse, working with medicinal herbs we cultivate on site.

In the afternoon, we’ll head into the wilds to harvest some of the Top Medicinal Plants of the region, discussing when (time of day, season, etc.) to collect them and how to process them for optimal efficacy. We’ll also learn key characteristics of those important plant families, and finally how to prepare herbal remedies which may include tinctures, glycerites, salves, herbal oils, decoctions and infusions.

Artwork by Joanna Powell Colbert

“It was a relaxed group of participants with varying degrees of outdoors experience. Throughout the day, we learned about the uses of local plants for survival. Chris encouraged active learning among the group with his careful explanations on how to harvest and consume plants on the trail in a sustainable way. We spent the second half of the day at Chris and Kim’s farm, where we saw how to make a fire, soup bowls, and boiled nettle stew using nothing but wood and stone. We also used freshly harvested ingredients to make tinctures and balms that we took home in sample jars. As another eloquent attendee put it, learning how to survive in nature makes it possible to walk out of your home and feel like you’re walking into your living room. By the end of this meetup, sitting by our fire and drinking nettle soup, I had tasted the possibilities of living in the wilderness, and was ready to come back to learn survival skills in more serious detail.” – Samual Wan, Herbal First Aid Workshop, 2010/03/05

cooking stinging nettleHerbiology by Workshop Participant Ashley Tee –

You can eat herbs, they taste good too,
But pick the right ones, or they could poison you,
You can make tinctures, pesto or fritters,
And watch out, make sure not to eat the critters!
You can also make balm, tea or coffee,
Maybe you can also make hazelnut toffees!
And if you like this herby rhyme,
Then come on down: it’s harvest time!

Location & Cost:

Each workshop takes place at the Wolf Camp Home Office – Blue Skye Farm, 1026 14th St SW, Puyallup WA 98371. Please drive slowly along our gravel driveway shared with neighbors in the nice little yellow house, and park along metal fence posts next to the dormant orchard, or behind our old white farmhouse as directed upon arrival.

Cost per workshop is $85 general, $80 per additional friend/family member, or just $165 if registering for both workshops together, and includes bow drill kit materials. We will also have our recommended field guides for sale, including Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast, Botany in a Day, Edible Wild Plants, Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide and more. Finally, please note that we can only scrape the surface in a 7 hour workshop, so if you would like to learn to a more advanced level and have time to really practice your skills, please enroll in our 5 Day Summer Course: Wild Cooking, Ethnobotany & Herbal Expedition.

Registration: Who & How

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Our weekend workshops are designed for adults, but youth are also welcome to register with an enrolled parent or guardian. Directions to meeting location and carpooling information will be provided upon registration.

Check/Mail Registration Option: Send payment in full to the Wolf College, 1026 14th St. SW, Puyallup WA 98371 with participant name(s), phone number, email address, age of any minors, and any allergies or health restrictions we should know about.

Credit/Debit Card Registration Option: Just call us at 425-248-0253 and we will take your registration securely over the phone.

Or Use PayPal to register online securely with a credit/debit card or via direct withdrawal from your bank account. Use the link below (might not be visible if you are using “reader view” on your phone or other device) or sign into paypal.com and “send money” to our email address: (we’ll get back to you with any additional information we may need)





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Refund Policy: Standard deposits ($100 for day programs, $200 for overnight programs) are not refundable unless we don’t accept your application. If you cancel in advance of the program start time for any reason, you may receive a full credit good through the following calendar year on appropriate and available programs listed on our schedule, although an additional deposit may be required to secure your spot in the future program. If a program you sign up for is canceled and not rescheduled at a time you can attend, you may receive a full refund except in case of natural (weather, geologic, etc) disasters, government shutdowns, conflicts or curfews, or other unforeseen emergencies making it impossible for staff and/or attendees to reach or use program locations, in which case all payments made will be held by us without expiration date for your future use in appropriate/available programs of your choice. No refund, nor credit, is given if a participant is asked to leave a program for inappropriateness as determined by our kids, youth and adult agreements for participation.

Preparatory Information

Please prepare as you normally would for a hike, including lunch, water bottle, 10 essentials, etc. and dress for the weather.

2 Comments

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    Can you please point me to ’10 essentials’?

    We are just starting out, and we want to get this right. There are, of course, numerous opinions of what 10 essentials might be – we would like a starting point.

    Thank you!

    Ruth Smith

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      Hi Ruth. Thanks for your question. The best online traditional 10 essentials essay is at https://www.mountaineers.org/learn/how-tos/the-ten-essentials but I’m also going to add you to our monthly Outdoor Skills Newsletter with first issue coming out today because it includes what we recommend for the Top 5 Essentials and the Next 5 Essentials from a wilderness survival perspective. If you want to be removed, just let us know, or click “update profile” at the bottom of the newsletter to choose which categories of articles/info you would like to receive monthly.

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