Paw Paw Paradise Propagation and Advanced Foraging Adventure with Abby and Doug
Foraging food and herbs can be daunting. Education can cure overwhelm! We’ve gone plant walking before, but this is your chance to go deeper in. Dive deeper into botany to grasp a better understanding of plant identification. See demonstrations of correctly, safely, and ethically harvesting them in the field. Learn real world tips for processing and preserving these precious treats for food and medicine. With more time for adventuring into the forest, we’ll forge a stronger connection to each plant, making identification easier and creating experiences to burn them into our brain. Bring your questions, field guides, notebooks, and cameras, along with hiking boots, rain jackets, and water bottles. Abby will have her book, the Herbal Handbook for Homesteaders and her wildcrafted Appalachian herbal products for sale after class and during breaks.
Paw Paw Paradise is Doug’s vision for his Active Forest Enhancement Program at Treasure Lake. While it also includes other plants like spicebush, redbud, and musclewood, paw paw abundance is his motif. He wants to spread this message to you, so we will forage paw paws in the field. We will learn the process of saving seeds through fruit processing. He will walk you through the whole process, and show plants that he has propagated himself. This will demystify lots of seed saving and propagation techniques, so you can spread paw paw paradise through the region in your lands and beyond.
Immerse yourself in the forests, farmland, and wild and cultivated areas of Treasure Lake to learn tried and true tips and techniques from Doug and Abby for sustaining yourself on your own land and the wilds beyond. Take this opportunity to also network with like-minded folks, thus making lasting regional connections. A farm fresh foods lunch will be served and if we are lucky, some tasty forest delights like chicken of the woods! Bring pruners and basket just in case we run into prolific foraged foods (optional).
Date: August 31st, Saturday 9:30- 5
- $50 by August 15th
- $55 until August 30th