Edible & Medicinal Plants of the Bay Area: Seasonal Herb Walk

AtOakland, CA, United States
CountyColes (IL1678)
Oakland, CA, United States
Coles (IL1678)
Tel 2018-02-10
Categoria Events
Edible & Medicinal Plants of the Bay Area: Seasonal Herb Walk

EDIBLE & MEDICINAL PLANTS OF THE BAY AREA: Seasonal Herb Walk (Winter Session) From the mist shrouded sea cliffs to the sun-baked arid expanse of its eastern most regions, the San Francisco Bay area provides us with a chance 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 micro-climates. 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.

-WINTER SESSION- Oakland, CA. Saturday, February 10. 10am-4pm. $50 Detailed directions and other more specific class info (including carpool networking) will be emailed out to the registered/paid students by January 31. 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 12. 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 Link: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=ZEK7P39B8JR9G 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/ Phone: 510-290-6841 Interested but don't have a car? Inquire about carpooling options.

Frequently asked questions: -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 long 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.

Have you ever heard that California bay nuts (actually seeds) contain caffeine or "caffeine-like" alkaloids? And did you actually believe that crap? :) If so, then you are a PRIME candidate for one of the many herbal de-mythification courses offered at the Blue Wind School of Botanical Studies.

This is a re-posting of a seasonal/fall harvest write up that I've been publicly sharing since 2009 (or so). Hope you enjoy. -Tellur Fenner Well it is time yet again for my seasonal California bay/Oregon myrtle debunking post. The fur always seems to fly a bit around this particular piece (due to the fact that many folks tend to tightly cling--white knuckle style--to their misconceptions about edible/medicinal plants). After teaching literally thousands of students throughout California (and beyond) over the years...I've heard many a peculiar idea/claim about both edible and medicinal plants. One claim I hear CONSISTENTLY (especially around the SF Bay Area) is that California bay (Umbellularia californica) "nuts" (actually seeds) contain caffeine (or "caffeine-like" alkaloids).

I remember the first time I heard the claim I was a little dubious...but then it just slipped my mind and I failed to investigate further. Only after hearing this bizarre tale about a dozen or more times (once even in the pages of a respected "peer reviewed" native CA plant journal) did I make it a priority to look into the matter more seriously. The reasons I was doubtful about the claim are...

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