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Be Prepared! Come Learn About Wild Edibles and Never go Hungry Again!
Well ok, perhaps it will not guarantee you will never go hungry but I will certainly teach you enough to enjoy a snack while on a hike or you might even learn enough to supplement your diet with wild food. I have had many requests over the years to do tours and give instruction on wild edibles. I love sharing the knowledge I have gained. My knowledge comes from personal research and lots of time in the field. This is the best way to learn about wild edibles. I am willing to share the knowledge I have gained and my experience with all who are interested. If you are interested in learning about wild edibles in Utah this is your chance!
Sign up to be alerted about future herb walks and wild edibles tours. A non-refundable deposit is due ahead of time through the payment button on this page. You can make a full payment here or on person with cash.I will offer specific dates for each season and it will be your responsibility to make arrangements to participate. Learn about wild edibles and also medicinal plants on these walks. I require at least 10 paying students at each date. Most classes will have 10-25 people. I will have the dates of these walks listed here soon. Dates may be changed but I will not change them once spaces are filled or we are close to the date.
Note: All of my classes will take 1-2 hours and it is a good idea to bring some snacks and water. I do not recommend bringing young children to these classes. We will find some wild food but water will usually be scarce. I will show multiple survival skills and techniques on each class beyond just finding edible plants. Some of my favorite things to show include:
- Creating cordage from plants
- Alternative fire starting methods
- Product demonstrations
The basic desert tour will include a walk in the Utah county desert where you will learn how to identify several wild edibles available in this environment. This class consists of approximately 2 hours of teaching starting with an introduction to the edibles in the area and tasting samples of each. Once we discuss some of the plants and identifying characteristics we will proceed out to find them in their natural habitat.
The mountain tour and harvest will take place in a mountainous region in Utah. I am willing to travel to multiple locations if you can organize a group. The mountain harvest will generally take place starting in spring and then with a few dates in summer and fall.
I would encourage you to participate in both a desert class and a mountain/harvest class. The classes will generally occur on different dates although there may be a chance to do both in one entire day. The fall harvest is one of my favorites because there are many berries available in our mountains. Some foods harvested:Burdock root (all year)Dock greens (all year)Grass seeds (Summer/fall)Prickly pear (Summer/fall)Trout lily (spring)King bolete mushrooms (Boletus edulis) (all year)Serviceberries (Summer/fall)Creeping Oregon grape (Summer/fall)Blue elderberries (Summer/fall)Black cherries or chokecherries (Summer/fall)Thimbleberries (Summer/fall)Gooseberries (Summer/fall)
I will determine whether or not to do a tour based on the level and quality of interest. If I have enough individuals truly interested in getting out and learning then I will schedule the tours. I will update my Facebook page more often than the website so please check there often.
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We have successfully completed several tours and workshops including elderberry harvest and chokecherry harvest in American Fork Canyon. If you want to suggest a topic or plant for harvest or workshop please email me. If you are interested in participating in a local workshop sign up for my workshop & tours newsletter below. email@example.com
- Identification of the Elderberry tree
- Collection of many Elderberries for you to eat and store for the year
- Identification of a few other edible plants in the area
- A slight sun tan
I would suggest you bring your camera and some water and something to take notes if you like.