Have you ever thought about foraging in nearby woods, fields, or trails, but haven’t had the knowledge or confidence to do so on your own? Tanna Worrell, the Friendly Forager, is based locally and has been sharing her enthusiasm for, and knowledge of, foraging for many years. Join Tanna as the growing season begins in May, hunting for spring wild edible and medicinal plants. Participants will learn about how to ethically forage and how to identify some early spring plants. Then the group will head out to gather plants, returning to prepare a dish to eat and/or make a folk medicine salve, tincture or infused oil.
Students should be prepared to walk an hour in the woods, or about 1 mile. Students will leave the class with a handout highlighting the season’s edible and medicinal plants and/or recipes. Students will have the opportunity to purchase a set of forager information cards with details and pictures about plants commonly found in the St. Croix Valley.
This class will be offered each month from May to September:
- Saturday, May 4, 1pm-5pm (this class)
- Saturday, June 15, 9am – 1pm
- Saturday, July 13, 9am – 1pm
- Saturday, August 17, 9am – 1pm
- Saturday, September 28, 1pm – 5pm
As the growing season progresses, students will experience how plants change through the seasons and learn how their food and medicine change, too. A discount for future classes will be offered to those who attend the first class, a $40 savings when registering for the remaining 4 classes. Tanna wants to make it easier for you to attend all classes, as your knowledge and enjoyment of foraging will be increased with more class time. If you are interested in grabbing your spot now for all classes, email us for instructions on the discount: Info@marinemillsfolkschool.org
Note: Children 12 and under may attend for free, with a participating adult.
Students to bring:
- Bug spray
- Walking shoes
- Rain gear
- Bag to collect plants
General Age Policy:
All classes are for adults (18+) unless otherwise noted.
Be aware we may cancel 5 days before class date if a minimum number of registrations not reached. We work to balance teachers' need to plan for a class with students' busy schedules -- not an easy task. Please register as early as possible!