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Edible & Medicinal Oaks of California: Weekend Workshop


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EDIBLE & MEDICINAL OAKS OF CALIFORNIA: Harvesting, Processing, & Preparation Methods

Weekend Workshop & Field Exploration (Mendocino County)

Oaks have been, and continue to be, an important source of food and medicine for millennia across the globe. That said, here in California they are of particular importance due to both their sheer abundance and species diversity (approx. 22 species and 12 varieties are found in CA alone!). And although ALL oaks (Quercus spp. & relatives) have edible/medicinal virtues, some are much more preferred than others...for a variety of reasons. In this class we will explore in exhaustive detail 5 of the main species used for food & medicine in California: Black Oak (Quercus kelloggii), Valley Oak (Q. lobata), Coast Live Oak (Q. agrifolia), Oregon Oak (Q. garryana), and Tan Oak (Notholithocarpus densiflorus). Through a combination of interactive lecture, hands-on activities, and field exploration we will delve into ALL aspects of the process, including: botany/field I.D, ethical harvesting methods, acorn/bark processing, food/medicine preparation methods, historical & modern food/medicinal uses, ethnobotanical significance, as well as covering any utilitarian potential. Both hot and cold leaching methods will be taught and utilized during the class. Each participant will take home an oak derived medicine that s/he helped prepare in addition to some acorns. This full immersion weekend workshop is guaranteed to take your oak awareness and appreciation to a whole new level!

Date/Time: December 7-8 (2019). 10am-6pm

Saturday will be spent entirely in the field. Sunday will be spent indoors and will consist of both a lecture/slideshow and a variety of hands-on exercises.

Location: Blue Wind School of Botanical Studies in Ukiah, CA.

The class will take place on a stunning 80 acre oak woodland property located approximately 8 miles SW of Ukiah, CA (2 hours north of SF/Berkeley). Overnight camping is optional (at no extra cost).

Instructor: Tellur Fenner

Class Fee:
Pre-registration discount before Nov. 9 deadline: $175 (includes materials fee). After Nov. 9 deadline: $200.

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.

Optional (yet recommended): Notebook, Camera, Hand Lens.

Class will occur RAIN OR SHINE! :)


Email (preferred): bluewindbmc@gmail.com

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*Interested, but don’t have a car? Inquire about carpooling options.

Detailed directions and other more specific class info (including carpool networking) will be emailed out to the registered/paid students by November 23. No refunds will be issued after November 9.