Limited to 15 adults
Every Wednesday (16 sessions) from May 22 thru Sept 18 (we skip July 3 & Aug 14)
5 – 6pm
The lovely hamlet of Lyonsville, Stone Ridge, NY
$225 ($100 deposit by April 25) Note: All payments are non-refundable and non-transferable.
is a clinical herbalist with a strong focus on food activism and nutritional healing. She has been teaching classes about the use of herbs for food, medicine, and pleasure, including wild-food foraging and cooking, for over twenty years. She produces Falcon Formulations natural body care products and Earthly Extracts medicinal tinctures. She is a founding member of the Northeast Herbal Association, a chapter leader of the Weston A. Price Foundation and on the board of Slow Food-Hudson Valley. An avid gardener and wildcrafter, Dina is passionate about ecological agriculture and has completed the Permaculture Design Certificate Course. She is the author of Earthly Bodies & Heavenly Hair: Natural and Healthy Personal Care for Everybody. Her upcoming new book Foraging & Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook will be available in June 2013. Please visit www.foragingandfeasting.com for more information.
We will be guided by the living plants and learning directly from them, discovering how they are used for food, medicine and pleasure.
The class includes practical information on harvest and preparation.
This series is for beginners as well as for more experienced plant people who want to practice and develop their plant identification skills. Folks currently enrolled in herbal classes and herb class graduates can reinforce and expand their “hands on” plant knowledge. This is a useful course for outdoor education instructors as well.
This class takes place entirely outdoors in our gardens (and a bit in the surrounding meadows and woods).
The gardens, for the most part, are no-till, permanent beds, with year-round mulch that contain over two-hundred diverse species of annuals, perennial herbs, bushes, trees, vines and poultry.
The wild flora are welcome and encouraged in the gardens. We are drawn to these gardening techniques that work with nature to create lively, productive, beautiful gardens with less work.
Another goal along these lines has been to maintain the gardens without the use of any chemical inputs: pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides, etc. – which we have succeeded in doing (from our point of view) throughout the gardens’ lifetime. Our homestead serves as an herbal teaching site and botanical apothecary.
Please note: This course does not include lab projects, cooking, or any indoor classroom time.