Exciting news! I’m now offering Urban Foraging 101, a plant walk designed for newbies who would like to explore the world of wild edibles with a guide! The very first walk will be led by myself and Emily Porter, the plant genius you’ve seen starring in many blog posts here.
We will take you on a fun and enlightening two-hour plant walk through Portland’s Alberta arts neighborhood that will change your perception of the city’s landscape. Random foliage will become tea, coffee, stir fry and salad greens — and medicine — as we walk through the city and identify common weeds, wild plants and some garden ornamentals. We will discuss their nutritional and medicinal benefits, how they were historically used, how to harvest them, and what to do with them.
You will have the opportunity to sample a (legal) smoking mix made from wild urban plants and we will talk about the relationship between plants and human consciousness.
Sounds fun, eh? Our first class is offered in conjunction with the wilderness skills school TrackersNW and is set for Sunday April 11 @ 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Cost is $16. You can sign up by clicking here.
I’m also leading a class solo in Eugene, OR, with the fabulous ReWild Eugene. Same syllabus, different time and place. It’s set for Sunday May 2 @ 3:30 p.m. Cost is $13. You can register for that one here.
Any questions or suggestions? E-mail me at RebeccaELerner[AT]gmail.com for more information.
Of course, there’s plenty more free-of-charge plant learnin’ coming your way, too. In addition to new blog posts on the regular, look for an article by Yours Truly on three weeds to celebrate in the June issue of New Connexion, the Pacific Northwest’s (free) Journal of Conscious Living.