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: November 24-25 (Sat/Sun). 10am-6pm
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
Pre-registration discount before October 12 deadline: $175 (includes materials fee). After October 12 deadline: $200.
Detailed directions and other more specific class info (including carpool networking) will be emailed out to the registered/paid students by November 9. IMPORTANT NOTE: this message will be sent to the email associated with your PayPal transaction (and for some people this may not be their primary email).
No refunds will be issued after October 26.
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! :)
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*Interested, but don’t have a car? Inquire about carpooling options.
Frequently asked questions:
-So I paid the class fee via PayPal...am I now officially registered and on the roster? Yes, your spot in class is now secure. PayPal will not accept payments when a class is already sold out.
-How long/demanding will the field portion of the class be? Typically no more than 2-4 moderate miles...with LOTS of stops to ID/discuss mushrooms/plants.
-Can I bring my dog? Sorry, no pets (for a litany of reasons).
-Is it OK to bring my child? My 16-hour adult-level workshops are in no way suitable for younger children. Trust me: they would be bored to tears.
-I see that hundreds/thousands of people have clicked on «interested and/or going» for this event...what are your class size limits? Don't take Facebook numbers too seriously folks...I cap these sorts of workshops at around 25 students.
-I'm not a fan of fall/winter camping...are there nearby off-site accommodations near Ukiah? Oh yes...plenty! Airbnbs and motels abound and some students do choose to go this route.
-Will the class be canceled in the event of bad weather? Typically, no. And as is mentioned in the description: «Class will occur RAIN OR SHINE!». Only EXTREME weather with torrential rain, wind, and possible flooding will likely lead to a cancelation. I'll keep the participants well informed with current weather conditions in the lead up to the class.
-When should I expect to receive directions, carpool info, and other more specific class details? As is CLEARLY stated in the above class description: «Detailed directions and other more specific class info (including carpool networking) will be emailed out to the registered/paid students by November 9. IMPORTANT NOTE: this message will be sent to the email associated with your PayPal transaction (and for some people this may not be their primary email).»