Edible & Medicinal Plants of Los Angeles County: Herb Walk

CityLos Angeles
AtLos Angeles, CA, United States
CountyLos Angeles (CA1175)
Date02/23/2019
Hours16:00
CategoriaEvents
Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA, United States
Los Angeles (CA1175)
Tel 2019-02-23
Categoria Events
Edible & Medicinal Plants of Los Angeles County: Herb Walk

EDIBLE & MEDICINAL PLANTS OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY: Seasonal Herb Walk (Spring Session) From the wind swept coastal bluffs along the Pacific Ocean to the arid, high elevation mountain peaks of its north eastern border, the Los Angeles County region provides us with the opportunity to view a large variety of botanical specimens all within a relatively small geographical range. Join us as we discover together the diverse array of both edible and medicinal plants found growing within these contrasting yet closely interconnected plant communities. Historical and modern medicinal applications will be covered along with any edible and/or utilitarian potential. Tips on basic/intermediate plant identification will be offered with a special emphasis on plant family characteristics as well as differentiating poisonous look-alike plants from their beneficial counterparts.



-SPRING SESSION- (Coastal) Santa Monica Mountains (near Malibu, CA) Saturday, February 23 (2019). 10am-4pm. $50 Detailed directions and other more specific class info (including carpool networking) will be emailed out to the registered/paid students by February 13. 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 January 25. Instructor: Tellur Fenner of the Blue Wind School of Botanical Studies. Make sure to bring: Water, lunch, notebook, hat/sunscreen, rain gear, and a camera. Class will occur RAIN OR SHINE. :) Registration: Email (preferred): bluewindbmc@gmail.com Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/bluewindschool/ Scope out our photo/video feed on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bluewindschool/ 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 hike be? Typically no more than 2-4 VERY moderate miles...with LOTS of stops to ID/discuss plants. -Can I bring my dog? Sorry, no pets (for a litany of reasons). -Is it OK to bring my child? My 6-hour adult-level field classes are in no way suitable for children. Trust me: they would be bored to tears. -I noticed you're teaching more than one class in the area, will these classes all be the same? Never. I ALWAYS strategically select contrasting floristic zones for each of my regional field classes and focus on different plants during each session.


-Will there be bathroom accomodations? Some trailheads have bathrooms...others don't...and due to the possibility of unforeseen maintanance/repairs I can't guarantee any will be available. Therefore I recommend taking care of bathroom business en route to class. I'll keep the participants posted with current info in the lead up to the class. -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 OR severe heat (100F+) 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 February 13.


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)."

Comments
The Deadly & the Delicious... Not only is the winter shroom season still going strong here in NorCal...our edible & medicinal "greens" season is also well underway. Due to the extreme popularity of my mushroom workshops I'm not going to have the time to run any wild leafy greens workshops this year (before heading down to the Southwest Deserts for my spring teaching tour) but I still can't help noticing/appreciating these succulent morsels during my regular woodland mushroom forays. Any green thumb foodknows that leafy greens are best consumed when young during their tender meristemic phase (LONG before flowering/fruiting occurs).


Problem is, immature plant leaves can be pretty difficult to ID without their associate flowers/fruits (found only when the plant is mature...and often tough/bitter). Naturally, as with any wild food harvest/consumption endeavor, GREAT care must be taken before setting up the banquet table. Pictured here: A wild salad bar mix of young Claytonia perfoliata (miner's lettuce), Conium maculatum (poison hemlock), and Carduus pycnocephalus (Italian thistle) sprouts. For those who don't know: the grasslike linear leaves pictured in the upper right are very young miner's lettuce plants...as are the older tongue shaped leaves at the bottom & left side of the frame. The miner's lettuce and thistle greens are very much edible...yet the poison hemlock (the parsley-like plants in the center of the frame) can be lethal. I find it...
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