Edible and medicinal plant walks

"Where The Outdoors Is Our Classroom"

We are surrounded by edible plants
Cattail (Typha spp.) is a delicious and abundant wild edible.

An edible and medicinal plant walk is a leisurely stroll where we talk about various indigenous plants. Because the plants will vary depending upon the time of year, and location of the walk, it is a good idea to attend a couple of walks. 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.

Our edible and medicinal plant walks offer something for everyone. These are leisurely walks that will suit even the least intrepid of those among us. Because we will definitely stray a bit from the trail, you should wear comfortable clothing and shoes that you do not mind getting dirty. Because we are in Michigan, you might also want to consider bringing a jacket, and insect repellant. Plant walks normally take place in Tobico Marsh, which is part of the Bay City Recreation Area in Bay City, MI. 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

Common Plantain (Plantago major)

Plantain is a plant which grows virtually everywhere, and 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.

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. You can learn all about many of the plants which surround you on a daily basis, by attending our plant walks.

The for the plant walk is $55.
You can save $10 by prepaying via PayPal.
If you have previously attended a Living Afield course, you may attend any plant walk for $25.
Children under 16 are free.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Refund Policy: Prepaid course fees, less applicable fees, will be happily refunded for cancellations made at least 14 days prior to the course date. Cancellations made less than 14 days prior to the class date will receive a credit toward any future class.

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

Class availability will depend upon interest.

Upcoming Plant Walk Dates
Date Location Time
May 12, 2018 Tobico Marsh, Bay City MI 10:00 am
June 16, 2018 Tobico Marsh, Bay City MI 10:00 am
July 7, 2018 Tobico Marsh, Bay City MI 10:00 am
September 1, 2018 Tobico Marsh, Bay City MI 10:00 am

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