Urban Foraging 101 Classes!

Purple dead nettle, a.k.a henbit (Lamium purpureum)

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.

9 thoughts on “Urban Foraging 101 Classes!

  1. this sfbayarea girl is jealous of portland…. I’m sure there are plant walks out here, but to find them!

    so happy to hear about your work, keep it up! and thanks for the photos and herbal tidbits, they’re very informative :) I hope portland is grateful and gracious for/to your presence.

  2. Hi,
    I have a lot of this growing too, but the raw flavor is really not very exciting so I wouldn’t use it in a salad.
    I was wondering, how do you use purple dead nettle in the kitchen?

  3. Chris,

    Thanks for your comment. Can you tell me more about the distinction? My plant books say that the plant called “Red Henbit” is identical to “Purple Dead Nettle”. I’ve heard something about there being a small difference but that they are both Lamium and that there is no distinction in their medicinal or edible uses. Please do educate me — and the other readers — if you know more!

    • Henbit’s genus name is lamium amplexicaule which means “dead nettle clasping the stem”.

      Purple Dead Nettle’s genus name is lamium purpureum which means” dead nettle purple”.

      They both look different from each other. Purple dead nettle looking like a mini pagoda. They are both in the mint family which is why they spread like crazy.

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