Christine started off with the fairly well known plantain and dandelion. She showed the physical characteristics of broad leaf plantain and discussed the benefits/uses of both plants . . .and then looked at some of dandelions not-so-wonderful relatives!
Examining and explaining the characteristics and benefits of Plantain and Dandelion . . .
. . . and the not-so-wonderful relatives!
Narrow Leaf Plantain
Stinging Nettle vs Dead Nettle
Christine explaining about creeping buttercup (eat the roots only!); The group sampling dock; Christine finding plantain seeds for people to try.
Thistles love to grow in the raspberry field, so we looked for thistle blossoms and raspberries! We found that the bees love thistles too, and the kids noticed lots of different birds in the field.
Ended the morning with a great lunch of both 'wild' and 'domesticated' veggies and lots more! Many thanks to Christine for a wonderful morning.
Join us for a fun and hands-on event: why, what, when and if to forage for the wild edible plants that grow between our produce. The aspects of their nutritional and medicinal value will be addressed.
We'll wrap up the event with a potluck and foraged salad. Bring your favorite dish to share, your own silverware and plate, a blanket or chair to sit on. AND come prepared for the weather (bring a water bottle, hat etc).
$25 per adult, families $35, students $15
A bit about our Event Leader:
Christine Jarlik-Bell holds a Master's degree in botany and is passionate about foraging local plants (superfood) and mushrooms. She has come to know the nutritional as well as medicinal benefits of our local Superfood and enjoys sharing her ever-growing knowledge. She lives in the countryside between Yelm and Rainier.