BLOSSOMS, GREENS AND JUNIPER SMOKE: IDENTIFYING AND COOKING WITH
WILD PLANTS

TO BE ANNOUNCED


Wild Foods

Course Description

Explore the delicious, fragrant and storied California landscape by learning to identify edible, utilitarian and poisonous species. Students will become acquainted with much of the local flora of Burges canyon and begin to develop real relationships to the world of plants. In this two day class we will dive into cuisine, culture, history, natural living skills, and stewardship. Classes include meals featuring traditional recipes that integrate wild foods.

This year we are thrilled to welcome co-instructor Lindsay Dailey of The Oak Granary to share her knowledge and passion of wild tending!

JT is one of my favorite nature skills mentors to share time with. He’s wonderfully knowledgeable, humble, sweet and an engaging storyteller. His love for the ancestral magic of music and culinary arts come together to always make times with him memorable and delicious. I recommend his highly experiential classes heartily!

– Jon Young, Author of Coyotes Guide and What the Robin Knows

Instructors


JT Beggs

JT Beggs

JT’s connection to nature was fully realized as soon as he was old enough to cover himself in dirt. Since then he has found nearly every excuse to deeply immerse himself in the ocean, the garden and the wild lands that he calls his home. JT has spent over six weeks of his life living off of exclusively wild foods and loves finding ways of getting wild plants into every aspect of his life. He finds no greater satisfaction than in living a life close to nature filled with crafts, foods, stories and music which is why he loves Quail Springs so much.

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Lindsay Dailey

Lindsay Dailey

Lindsay is a passionate wildtender, dedicating her practice and study to giving back to the natural world through stewarding wild plants and connecting people to nature. Learning from the worlds of ecological restoration and traditional knowledge from native peoples, she is an avid student of the wild, and dedicated to tending plants on behalf of all life.

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Registration Information


  • Course Fee: $250
  • Early Bird: $50 discount (Discount Code: WILDBIRD3 – Expires: Feb. 29th, 2016)
  • Group & Family Discount: Use the email form below to inquire about group & family discounts
  • Course fee includes instruction, catered meals and camping accommodations

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Instructors


JT Beggs

JT Beggs

JT’s connection to nature was fully realized as soon as he was old enough to cover himself in dirt. Since then he has found nearly every excuse to deeply immerse himself in the ocean, the garden and the wild lands that he calls his home. JT has spent over six weeks of his life living off of exclusively wild foods and loves finding ways of getting wild plants into every aspect of his life. He finds no greater satisfaction than in living a life close to nature filled with crafts, foods, stories and music which is why he loves Quail Springs so much.

… Read More



Lindsay Dailey

Lindsay Dailey

Lindsay is a passionate wildtender, dedicating her practice and study to giving back to the natural world through stewarding wild plants and connecting people to nature. Learning from the worlds of ecological restoration and traditional knowledge from native peoples, she is an avid student of the wild, and dedicated to tending plants on behalf of all life.

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Registration Information


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Wild Foods

Blossoms, Greens & Juniper Smoke: Identifying & Cooking with Wild Plants

Explore the delicious, fragrant and storied California landscape by learning to identify edible, utilitarian and poisonous species. Students will become acquainted with much of the local flora of Burges canyon and begin to develop real relationships to the world of plants. In this two day class we will dive into cuisine, culture, history, natural living skills, and stewardship. Classes include meals featuring traditional recipes that integrate wild foods.

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