Foraging & Cooking Wild Edible Food & Herbal Medicine workshop runs from 9:30am-4:30pm starting at Blue Skye Farm in Puyallup, WA and continue into the wilds to learn when and where to look for the Top Wild Foods and Top Medicinal Plants of our region. On our journey, you’ll learn key plant families, discuss and practice honorable harvesting methods, and form closer bonds to plant allies as we select the plant parts we need for wild crafted recipes. We’ll also mention poisonous look-a-likes and discuss safety in the forest. In the afternoon, we’ll return to Blue Skye Farm to process and cook the plants for yummy treats and prepare a couple of herbal remedies such as teas and tinctures. Although there will be tasty samples of wild edibles, please pack a lunch and/or snacks to supplement what we collect.
“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 2010/03/05
Who are the instructors? Wolf Camp directors Kim & Chris Chisholm.
What ages can participate? Workshops are designed for adults, but youth may enroll with a parent/guardian.
How should we prepare for the workshop? Please prepare as you normally would for a hike, including snacks, lunch, water bottle, 10 essentials, etc., but especially with appropriate clothing including rain gear and waterproof footwear. Also, if you don’t already have any plant field guides, consider the following that we’ll also have on hand:
– Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast by Pojar and MacKinnon, et al
– Botany in a Day by Thomas J. Elpel
– Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs – A Beginner’s Guide
– Picture This app to supplement Seek for plant identification
Cost & Registration
Cost for one workshop is $95 for one person, and $90 per additional friend/family member registering in advance. Or attend both workshops in the series for $185 for one person, plus $175 per additional friend/family member.
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Can we get a refund if we cancel? Our refund policy below only offers credit for future programs if you cancel: payments are not refundable unless we don’t accept your application. If you cancel 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 is needed 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 cases of natural (weather, geologic, wildfire, etc) disasters, epidemics, grid failures, government shutdowns, conflicts or curfews, or other unforeseen emergencies making it unsafe 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. Reasons include the expenditure of funds (property rentals, advertising, materials, admin staff time, etc.) long before programs take place, i.e. deposits make it feasible for Wolf Camp to schedule programs in the first place, but our mutually understood agreement is that Wolf Camp will run the program at the safest available time in the future. Finally, 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.