This class will take you out and show you how to harvest the bounty of the land. Wild edibles are so abundant in so many locations and many people around the world live in hunger simply because they have a lack of knowledge about the plants around them. Our instructors will cover around the 50 most common plants in our area and North America completely. This is a very hands on oriented course that will take us on walks in several different types of ecosystems so that you are prepared to find food in almost any environment. Students will have the opportunity to taste the plants we cover so that they know and understand the wonderful flavors involved in wild crafting! Not only will we cover the edible uses but also the medicinal, utilitarian and various bushcraft uses of wild plants. Some of the topics covered include:
-Top 10 most poisonous North American plants
-At least 50 different edible/medicinal plants
-How to prepare plants for edibility
-Cordage plants and useful bushcraft plants
-Medicinal Plant applications: treating cuts, diarrhea, making primitive quick clot, stopping bleeding, purgatives, anti-fungal, stimulating the immune system, skin cancers, hygiene/cleansing agents, tannic acid uses, plants with salicin (aka asprin), laxatives, and much more!
-What books to buy and how to start wild crafting
The class is a 3 part series that is taken individually in all the different seasons so that students learn the cycle of plants in their area. Its vital to study in every season so that you are able to see the different stages of plants and to also see how the plant species availability changes from one season to the next! This course is also part of our requirements to become certified on our Elite Level Wilderness Survival Certification Program. If you have an interest in learning the botany of your surroundings then this is the first place to begin. Plant knowledge will truly change your life and they way you perceive the wilderness! This is a very comprehensive course and most students are overwhelmed with the amount of info and plant knowledge we cover so be prepared to take notes and cover a lot of material.
Items Needed: Small backpack, outdoor clothing, bug spray, notebook and pencil, food and water, digital camera (optional)
Recommended Items Needed: Outdoor clothing, small backpack, notebook and pencil, digital camera, knife, bug spray, check Recommended Items List for more details!
Location: Huntington, AR Survival Camp
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May 24, 2014; Huntington AR
July 19, 2014; Huntington AR
More Dates/Sign-up info can be found on our TRAINING SCHEDULE page!