–  Spring & Summer Workshops 2017  –

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Edible, Medicinal, & Useful Plant Walks

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Come on out for one of our monthly plant walks, a great way to learn about wild plants in-the-field, to verify your plant identification with a local expert, ask questions, and meet other like-minded folks. Each of a season’s walks takes place in a different local landscape, to offer participants a rich exposure to the wide range of edible, medicinal, and useful plants and mushrooms in this region. Every season also offers new opportunities for encountering plants in different stages of growth, and for discovering new ones!

June 18th, 10 am-12 pm

Mushroom Identification 101

DSC_1016In this beginner’s workshop of mushroom identification basics, you’ll learn some of the “do”s and “don’t”s of wild mushroom hunting, then spend time in the woods collecting mushrooms to practice identifying. Once we have our gathered mushrooms, the instructor will take us through some of the basic language and taxonomy of mycology, and we’ll spend some time applying these terms to identify our specimens. Learning will also include how to use a field guide, and the ethics of collecting wild mushrooms.

June 24th, 10 – 1 pm

Edible, Medicinal, & Useful Plant Walks

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Come on out for one of our monthly plant walks, a great way to learn about wild plants in-the-field, to verify your plant identification with a local expert, ask questions, and meet other like-minded folks. Each of a season’s walks takes place in a different local landscape, to offer participants a rich exposure to the wide range of edible, medicinal, and useful plants and mushrooms in this region. Every season also offers new opportunities for encountering plants in different stages of growth, and for discovering new ones!

July 9th, 10 am-12 pm

Summer Edible Mushroom Foray  **This Workshop Is Full**

This beginner’s workshop will introduce you to the basic and simple ways to identify, edible species of mushrooms that can be found in Maryland during the summer months. We will start off by learning the ‘rules’ and ethics of foraging for mushrooms, followed by how to use a field guide and verify your identifications. We will focus on the identification characteristics of chanterelles, oyster mushrooms, chicken of the woods, and beefsteak polypore, as well as the type of environments that these mushroom prefer.

July 9th, 1-4 pm

Worm Composting – Vermiculture

Curious about worm composting, but not sure about all the “do’s and don’ts”?  It ain’t all about just the red wiggler! Not all worms are created equal. In this beginner to intermediate workshop you will learn about different worm species life cycles, desired living spaces, breeding cycles, rotational diet and how to setup your own indoor worm bin or larger outdoor system for serious worm production. Each participant will go home with a starter kit and possibly home worm bin and the knowledge how to use kitchen scraps and junk mail to keep their worms happy and healthy throughout the year. Bonus topics will be discussing marketability, compost tea and how to hunt down your own worms for composting instead of having to purchase them.

July 15th, 1-4 pm

Summer Edible Mushroom Foray

This beginner’s workshop will introduce you to the basic and simple ways to identify, edible species of mushrooms that can be found in Maryland during the summer months. We will start off by learning the ‘rules’ and ethics of foraging for mushrooms, followed by how to use a field guide and verify your identifications. We will focus on the identification characteristics of chanterelles, oyster mushrooms, chicken of the woods, and beefsteak polypore, as well as the type of environments that these mushroom prefer.

July 16th, 10-1 pm

Urban Livestock

Have you been interested in raising some of your own animal protein, but not sure you can or how to get started? This workshop will go through detailed instruction on husbandry, housing, feeding, potential disease and companioning a variety of different animals such as chicken, pigeon, quail, duck, guinea pig, rabbits and a bit on invertebrates for human consumption or insect protein for feed.

July 22nd, 2-4 pm

Tadpoles Summer Adventure

20160820_181649A 4-week immersion into local forests, streams, plants, insects, & wildlife, for the young nature observer and adventurer. In a group of their peers, participants will be able to direct their own learning and take inspiration from the many forms of nature we see, smell, taste, & touch, and perhaps begin to know the woods not as other, but as home.

August 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th

Edible, Medicinal, & Useful Plant Walks

Come on out for one of our monthly plant walks, a great way to learn about wild plants in-the-field, to verify your plant identification with a local expert, ask questions, and meet other like-minded folks. Each of a season’s walks takes place in a different local landscape, to offer participants a rich exposure to the wide range of edible, medicinal, and useful plants and mushrooms in this region. Every season also offers new opportunities for encountering plants in different stages of growth, and for discovering new ones!

August 13th, 4-6 pm

Permaculture Design Certification Course

Permacultrue-Designers-ManualThe Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course is a training program that utilizes the teachings of Bill Mollison’s Permaculture Design System. The goal is to achieve a basic working understanding in ecologically-based planning, site design and management. This course provides a comprehensive introduction to Permaculture principles, applications & design practices as first set out by Permaculture founder, Bill Mollison.

August 19-21, September 16-18, October 21-23

 

Edible, Medicinal, & Useful Plant Walks

Come on out for one of our monthly plant walks, a great way to learn about wild plants in-the-field, to verify your plant identification with a local expert, ask questions, and meet other like-minded folks. Each of a season’s walks takes place in a different local landscape, to offer participants a rich exposure to the wide range of edible, medicinal, and useful plants and mushrooms in this region. Every season also offers new opportunities for encountering plants in different stages of growth, and for discovering new ones!

September 9th, 4-6 pm

 

 

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If you’re interested in one of our past workshops, let us know, and we’ll do our best to offer it again!

Ale Making
Bread Making: Sandwich Rolls, Cinnamon Rolls, & Baguettes
Canning Demystified: Chicken Soup, Pickles and Salsa
Cooking & Poison: Milkweed, Pokeweed, Bamboo
Cordage From Plant Fiber
Dandelion & Chicory Coffee
Deer Processing
Foraging Immersion: Early Spring
Gourd Bottles & Bowls
Hard Cheese: Goat’s Milk Gouda & Goat Mascarpone
Knife Sharpening 101
Small Fur Tanning
Soft Cheese: Chevre, Yogurt, Sour Cream, & Cream Cheese
Make Your Own Cleaning Supplies: Soft Scrub, Laundry Soap, Window Cleaner & Dishwashing Detergent
Personal Care Products: Suntan Lotion, Deodorant, Toothpaste & Lotion Bars
Quail Raising and Processing
Salves, Syrups and Tinctures: Elderberry Syrup, Healing Muscle Salve, Plantain Salve & a Tummy Tincture
Venison Sausage Making
Walnut Ink & Dye