Edible and Medicinal Plants of Mendocino County
Weekend Workshop and Field Exploration
Just a couple hours north of the cities of the Bay Area exists a wild and rugged landscape of great beauty and exceptional biodiversity. Sparsely populated, Mendocino County is comprised of immense, forested wilderness tracts which are penetrated by a series of cool, crystal clear rivers. Between the mist shrouded coastal redwood forests and the 7000’+ North Coast Range peaks to the east, a large number of plant communities can be found, including: Dunes, Salt Marsh, Fresh Water Marsh, Coastal Prairie, Oak Woodland, Chaparral, Yellow Pine Forest, Sub-Alpine Red Fir Forest, Vernal Pools, etc. Join us on this weekend classroom/field intensive as we explore and learn about the rich flora found throughout these varied landscapes.
Topics/activities to be covered include: Plant identification, regional ethnobotany, medicinal/edible/utilitarian uses, plant family characteristics, CA natural history, legal/ethical harvesting guidelines, hands-on medicine making activities, wild-food preparation, coverage of at-risk medicinal plants, safety issues and tips on how to avoid toxic/poisonous plants, sampling of a variety of edible/medicinal plant preparations, and more!
Class begins at 10am on Saturday and ends at 6pm on Sunday.
Location: Near Ukiah, CA (Mendocino County)
The class will take place at a stunning 80 acre oak woodland property located approximately 8 miles SW of Ukiah, CA. Overnight camping is optional (at no extra cost). There is also a fantastic swimming pond on site
Instructor: Tellur Fenner
Registration by Email (preferred) or phone. Pre-registration required!
To Bring: On-site camping is optional for this class. If you plan to camp things that are necessary are: Tent, Sleeping Bag, Food/Snacks (class fee does not include meals), Camping Chair, Camping Pad, Flashlight.
Other gear you’ll need for our field studies: Rain Gear, Warm Clothes, Bathing Suit, Hiking Boots, Hat/Sunscreen, Daypack, Water Bottles.
Optional (yet recommended): Notebook, Camera, Hand Lens.
Recommended (but not required) Texts:
A Flora of the Vascular Plants of Mendocino County by Smith
Medicinal Plants of the Pacific West by Moore
Botany in a Day by Elpel
Nature’s Garden by Thayer
California Plant Families by Glenn Keator
Poisonous Plants of California by Fuller and McClintock
*Interested, but don’t have a car? Inquire about carpooling options.
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