More Urban Foraging 101 Walks!

A tea made with Cleavers, a.k.a. Galium spp., cleanses the lymph system and heals stomach ulcers.

Here’s what students from the first Urban Foraging 101 walk on 4/11 had to say:

“I loved the workshop! I really had a blast!” – S.L.

“Thanks for a fun and entertaining class, I enjoyed it a lot.” – N.S.

“We had a lot of fun. Thanks for making it casual and for providing so much info.” – A.T.

Come celebrate Earth Day in Portland with Urban Foraging 101! Our class will be held from 3 – 5 p.m. on Thursday 4/22 @ corner of NE 23rd Ave. and Alberta St. I’ll be leading the class with the rewilding plant genius known as Emily Porter.

You’ll have a chance to see, touch, taste, smell and even smoke a variety of new plant friends, including purple dead nettle, dandelion, plantain, stinging nettle, chickweed, lemon balm, cleavers and more! We will talk about how to identify them and discuss their nutritional and medicinal benefits, how they were historically used, how to harvest them, and what to do with them. The class is designed for people who have little to no plant or foraging experience. Expect it to be fun, laidback and packed with info!

$16 in advance, $20 cash in person. Register online through TrackersNW here.

I’ll also be leading an Urban Foraging 101 walk solo in Eugene on Sunday, 5/2 from 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the corner of Maitreya EcoVillage, 882 Almaden St., Eugene, OR 97402. $13 in advance, $15 in person. (Same class as the Portland version). Register online through ReWild Eugene here.

Questions, comments or suggestions? Send me an e-mail at RebeccaELerner[at]

5 thoughts on “More Urban Foraging 101 Walks!

  1. Thanks Dr. D! Jed, a freelance reporter for the local community radio station here (KBOO) named Geoff Watland actually videotaped the entire walk and is going to edit it down and make it available on YouTube for free. I will post it when he does. :-)

    • W.G.,

      How cool…will try to wait patiently even though spring is beginning to arrive here in the Northeast and I’d like to start some foraging soon while the greens are fresh and new. I have a couple of good books to guide me but my wife thinks as much information as I can get is best. I promised her, I’d try everything first and wait a day to share–kinda like the Queens official taster if you will.

      Thanks for the update,


  2. Wow! What an amazing event! Very knowledgeable folks! Fun to see all the edible plants right here in our neighborhood. A tremendous amount of very useful information that we could implement immediately. I would highly recommend this to new and experienced foragers!
    Dr. D

  3. Portland is fortunate to have you! For those of us who live sooo far away, can you give a broader overview? I’d be happy to buy an indepth .pdf file of your walk or better yet, I’d be willing to pay $15 for an online video class if you could work it out if at all possible.

    Hopefully, it won’t be long and all this technology, which I am at times quite ambivalent towards, will allow us to easily connect and learn from the great variety teachers out there like yourself.

    Thanks again for being an inspiration!

  4. Oh cool. I was just looking at that “weed” in the garden yesterday wondering if it was good for anything. Obviously I need to verify if that is what it is but everything I’ve seen online right now tells me I have an infestation of Cleavers. Clinging little buggers.

    Hope you get a good number of people out to your guided walks. You’re across the country so not exactly something I can do.

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