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Plant Walks

Please note: Young people are encouraged to attend our classes. However, due to liability concerns, anyone under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

A plant walk is a leisurely stroll where we talk about various indigenous plants. The plants will vary depending upon the time of year, and location of the walk. We will learn about the world around us from the best teachers available, the plants themselves. I will impart some of the knowledge I have learned over the 40+ years I have made use of plants. I am lucky enough to be still learning today. Please come and learn with me.

I have strived to obtain the knowledge that allowed our ancestors to thrive on this planet. Much of what they knew has been lost, but there are some of us who are trying to keep the old ways alive. I find it appalling that up to 1 in 4 children in this country go to bed hungry at night. I have made it my mission to try to help in any way I can. I have decided that I can think of no better way to help than to teach people about the food growing right outside their doors.

During a plant walk we will learn about the following:

  • Common Edible Plants

Unknown to most people today, there are literally thousands of edible wild plants. Some taste wonderful while others, well maybe not so much, but they are nutritious and filling. There is actually a plant that grows in each of the 50 states which has some part that can be eaten quite literally all year long. It was a staple of the diets of most native Americans, but it is so abundant that it was not necessary that they cultivate it. Unlike many plants, this is one which contains carbohydrates, and can actually be used to maintain or increase body weight.

We will discuss the uses of some easily identified local flora. The plants chosen will depend upon the season, and location of the classes. Just as happens in nature, not all plants grow everywhere, and some are only useful at certain times of year. As foragers, it is important that we learn to adapt to what nature provides at any given time. Like the song says, if you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with.

  • Common Medicinal Plants

Many edible plants also have wonderful medicinal qualities; you can enjoy their medical benefits by simply adding them to your diet. Imagine eating a plant that tastes fantastic, and will maintain proper blood iron levels, or increase them once again to where they should be. There is a plant that grows virtually everywhere, that is an excellent Adaptogen, meaning that it supports continued good health. It also can be used to counter the venom of many snakes, and insects. Knowing this unassuming 'weed' can help save your tissue if you are bitten by a snake, scorpion, brown recluse or black widow spider. It will even remove the itch from mosquito bites. This same plant is also a natural cell proliferant; meaning that it helps your body heal itself. If you have a cut or abrasion, this plant will speed healing. It also functions very well to help your body fight off internal infections. There are many such plants which probably grow right in your own yard.

View Previous Plant Walk Photos
May 16, 2015
June 27, 2015
 
 

 

The cost of the plant walk is $55. You can save $10 by prepaying via PayPal. As always children under 16 are free. Refund Policy: Prepaid course fees, less PayPal fees, will be happily refunded for cancellations made at least 24 hours prior to the course date.

Class availability will depend upon interest.

Special group pricing is available. I can also set up a private walk for your group.

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Proposed 2016 Plant Walk Schedule

Date Location

May 13, 2017

Tobico Marsh, Bay City MI

June 17, 2017

Tobico Marsh, Bay City MI

July 8, 2017

Tobico Marsh, Bay City MI

September 2, 2017

Tobico Marsh, Bay City MI

(This schedule may be subject to change based upon interest)

 

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