Earth Day Foraging Class


What: Urban Foraging 101, Earth Day edition
When: 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 22
Where: Corner of NE 23rd & Alberta Street, Portland, Oregon
Who: Led by myself, Becky Lerner

Details: This class for beginners focuses on wild edible and medicinal plants of the city in springtime. Plants I’ll be covering are: chickweed, miner’s lettuce, yellow dock, cleavers, dandelion, cat’s ear, purple dead nettle (henbit), lemonbalm, mullein, bittercress, lesser celandine, wild lettuce and oxalis. We’ll also talk about historical ethnobotanical uses, natural history, sustainability issues and how to pick a good harvesting spot.

We’ll begin with a plant identification tour of the weeds growing in the planters and along the sidewalk cracks. We’ll walk along some city blocks and then go explore the plants in overgrown alleyway. After that, in a quiet space, we’ll sit in a circle, do a tincture meditation to see if we can use our intuition to identify a mystery plant, and then end with the ever-popular herbal smoke circle. Finally, I’ll share with you some resources for continuing to learn about foraging and wildcrafting at home (books, advice, etc.).

Cost: $15 with RSVP, or $20 drop-in the day of. (I really want you to RSVP!) To sign up, please send an e-mail with your name to RebeccaELerner[at]

Note: There has been a lot of demand for this class, but enrollment is limited.

For more info and to see testimonials from people who attended past walks, click here.

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