Sustainable Living Skills Class Series

Saturday, February 24th: Wild Plants for Wild People – A Class about Wild Plants for the Local Forager
with Tyler Wauters and Todd Grogan
9-1 : organic snack provided

An introduction to the wild foods that grow here in southern Oregon- reaching from the Cascades to the Coast and from the Rogue River to the Klamath-Siskiyou range. During this 4-hour class, we will discuss several plants and: how to identify them, their habitat, sustainable harvesting, processing methods, and a bit of natural and human history.  And the best part, we will cook and eat them!

Participants will connect to each plant through the use of their senses. The goal of this class is to share stories that strengthen our connection to wild foods and in doing so, ignite a deeper connection with the forest, the sea, the mountain tops, where all of this food comes from.

Food is medicine that feeds the spirit and soul. Participants will receive a handout that covers the local edible and medicine plants of this bioregion, along with some of our favorite recipes.

Plants we will cover in class: Conifers, Manzanita, Madrone, Huckleberries, Camas, Rose hips, Yampa, Elderberries, Fireweed, Nettles, Cattail, Oak, and many more!

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Saturday, March 24th: Make Your Own Reusable Grocery Bag – A Beginning Sewing Class
with Elizabeth Tobey and Terry Tobey
9-1 : organic snack provided

In this beginning sewing class you will learn how to make a simple, sturdy, beautiful, and reusable cloth grocery bag. Elizabeth Tobey, of Squawking Hawk Acres, and mother Terry Tobey, of Sew Creative Ashland, will team up to teach this great class. Make a bag for yourself, make one for all your friends. They are great gifts! Basic sewing machine operation will be covered, and you will leave with a completed bag and a pattern to make more.

Materials needed include:
1/2 yard cotton fabric for outside of bag
1/2 yard cotton fabric for liner
3 yards cotton webbing for handles

Bring your own fabric if you like. We will have webbing available for $3. Additionally a limited number of complete kits will be available for $10. Please let us know when you register if you are planning to purchase materials for the class so that we can have enough available for you.

Sewing machines, needles and thread provided. No experience necessary. You are welcome to bring your own working sewing machine if you have one.

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Date TBD:  Wild Plants II
9-1 : organic snack provided

Back by Popular Demand!!

A follow up to our March 24th class, this class can be taken by those who already took the first class, and new folks alike.  An introduction to the wild foods that grow here in southern Oregon- reaching from the Cascades to the Coast and from the Rogue River to the Klamath-Siskiyou range. During this 4-hour class, we will discuss several plants and: how to identify them, their habitat, sustainable harvesting, processing methods, and a bit of natural and human history.  And the best part, we will cook and eat them!

Participants will connect to each plant through the use of their senses. The goal of this class is to share stories that strengthen our connection to wild foods and in doing so, ignite a deeper connection with the forest, the sea, the mountain tops, where all of this food comes from.

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Saturday, April 7th: Eco-Forestry and Small Diameter Pole Utilization
With Taylor Starr
9-1 : organic snack provided

Learn how to manage a small woodlot to benefit forest health, fire resiliency, wildlife habitat, recreation, and ecological diversity, while also utilizing the byproducts of restoration for pole building, firewood, and hugelkultur.  Taylor will lead the class on a tour of White Oak Farm’s 40 acres of woods, paying particular attention to the numerous restoration projects that have been completed over the past ten years.  After returning to the Farm, the class will shift to a tour of structures built with small diameter poles – the byproduct of these ecological thinning practices, as well as a look at hugelkultur beds and other uses of forest products on the Farm.

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Saturday, May 19th: Hands-On Natural Plaster
With Taylor Starr and Sarah Shea
9-1 – organic snack provided

Join us for a hands-on workshop on the fabulous world of natural plasters!  Participants will learn about and practice: rough plasters, finish earthen and lime plasters, clay paints, and more.  Sarah and Taylor will also lead a tour of several completed natural buildings and discuss the various plaster techniques used to achieve the desired results.  Discussion topics will include: where to source clay, sand, pigments and other natural plaster materials, uses of different plasters for different wall systems, and application techniques for natural plasters in conventional structures.  This class will provide lots of opportunity for getting your hands in the mud!

Please Pre-Register for all Classes!

541-846-0776 or info@whiteoakfarmcsa.org

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