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PRIVATE CLASSES and GIFTS CARDS Available

I offer private classes on foraging, fermentation, canning, making wild beers and sodas, hot sauces, making vinegar,

seasonal non-alcoholic beverages (infusions, shrubs, etc...), wild spice blends, pickling and more...

Private group discounts available.

Check the PRIVATE CLASSES page for pricing and contact me if you're interested.

To beat the summer heat, this July I've planned some interesting indoor workshops at a beautiful location (North Valley Aikikai Studio). We'll still have walks in nature too.

 

June 2016

 

 

Saturday June 25

Plant Identification Walk

 

Join me for a plant identification in a local forest (private property). We’ll take a leisury walk and look at various plants and discuss their various uses (medicinal, culinary and others). It’s a very slow walk with a lot of stops.

 

After the walk, we’ll enjoy some nice cold drinks and snacks featuring interesting wild edibles.

 

Long pants and hiking shoes are preferred. Sometimes we have poison oak.  Make sure to bring some water and sun protection too.

 

We meet in front of the local 711 at the following address:

11348 Sunburst St, Sylmar, CA, US

 34°16'39.9"N 118°22'42.1"W

 Time: From 10AM to around 1:00 PM

 Donation: $20.00 (pay on top of the page)

 

 

Sunday June 26

Wild Food Walk and Cold Infusion (drinks) Workshop. Cool animals too!

 

The summer is coming and it’s getting hot!

 

One way to feel refreshed is to create some interesting and delicious cold drinks. Using garden and wild plants you can truly make some creative concoctions which have many other uses then just drinks (Popsicles, wild sodas, cocktails, etc…).

 

During the first part of the workshop we’ll go on a walk and explore the local flora. We’ll see a lot of interesting plants we’ll use for making our cold infusions. I’ll also explain the logic and technique behind creating these types of drinks.

 

Of course we’ll stop here and there to say hello to the animals (tortoises, camels, goats, etc…).

 

After the walk, we’ll sit down and make a couple of cold infusions using plants we gathered. We will also have some tasting (mountain cold infusion), probably some wild sodas and wild snacks too.

 

Donation: $40.00 ($10 will be donated to the animals). Pay on top of the page.

 

We meet in front of the local 711 at the following address:

11348 Sunburst St, Sylmar, CA, US

 34°16'39.9"N 118°22'42.1"W

 Time: From 10AM to around 1:00 PM

From 711 we will drive to the location (Around 10 minutes).

 

 

 

July 2016

 

 

 

Saturday July 2

Wild food Walk and Making Natural Sodas Workshop

 

Dump the corn syrup, the artificial flavors and colorants. Let’s go back to how natural and delicious sodas were made. This is a fantastic workshop for anyone wanting to learn how to create sodas the old way, through natural fermentation and awesome herbal flavors.

 

During this workshop you will learn how to make sodas using fermentation, how to collect yeast (you can purchase it too) and how to create flavorful concoctions using aromatic and tasty plants you can forage, plant at home or purchase from the store. Perfect for the hot summer coming up and so much fun to do. You will see that you probably already have everything you need in your kitchen to do it.

 

The workshop will consist of 2 parts.

 

1. For those interested in wild flavors, we will have a totally free plant identification walk in the morning for those attending the workshop. It’s completely optional and you can just attend the workshop in the afternoon if you want. During the morning walk, we will just look at local plants which could be used to create very enjoyable drinks, we’ll even talk about their medicinal uses. The walk is around 1 ½ hour and starts at 9AM so we can beat the heat.

 

Meeting location:

Hansen Dam Equestrian Center

11127 Orcas Avenue, Lake View Terrace, CA, 91342, us

We meet at the South end of the park, pass the children's playground.

34°16'10.4"N  118°22'00.0"W

 

2. We meet again at 1:30 PM at the Aikikai studio in Northridge for the workshop. I will explain the principles and process behind making natural sodas. We will make a couple of sodas on location and some tasting too. You’ll be amazed how easy it is to do it and how tasty they can be. If you have kids, it’s a workshop you don’t want to miss! From a self-reliance perspective, sodas can be quite healthy and medicinal (as compared to what you buy at the store) and could even be a business on the side.

 

Meeting location:

North Valley Aikikai

9029 Reseda Blvd.,

Suite 100 Northridge, CA 91324

 

Donation: $40.00

 

 

Sunday July 3

Plant identification walk and making (wild) spice blends

 

Join me for a plant identification walk We’ll take a leisury walk and look at various plants and discuss their various uses (medicinal, culinary and others). It’s a very slow walk with a lot of stops.

 

After the walk, we’ll enjoy some nice cold drinks. I'll do a demonstration on how to create delicious spice blends and condiments using local plants and local mustard seeds.

 

Long pants and hiking shoes are preferred. Sometimes we have poison oak.  Make sure to bring some water and sun protection too.

 

Meeting place: Sunland Shopping Center

 

8349 Foothill Blvd, Sunland, CA

 

GPS: 34°15'36.2"N  118°18'53.8"W

 

Look for a sushi restaurant and a subway

 

We'll drive to our location from our meeting spot.

 

Time: From 10 AM to around 1:00 PM

 

Donation: $20.00 (pay on top of page).

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday July 10 – Desert trip

Gourmet cold infusions, flavored wild vinegars and goat milking!

 

Let’s take a trip in the desert and the local mountains to visit my friend Gloria who has a huge property and goat farming (Angeles Crest Creamery). It’s a long drive (1:30 to 2hrs with stops) but so worth it. During the trip we may do a couple of stops, walk around and talk about the plants that we see.

 

Once at the location (probably around noon-1PM), we’ll stop for a picnic (bring your own food and drinks) and then visit the goats. Gloria will show you around, introduce you to the goats (they’re super friendly), talk about what she does (cheese, raising chicken, etc…) and if you’re interested, you’ll even have a quick tutorial on milking goats by hand.

 

I will show you a couple of products I create using some of the local ingredients Gloria has on her property (pinyon pines, manzanita berries, white fir, juniper berries, sagebrush, etc…) and we’ll get to taste a cold infusion featuring the local flora. Each person attending will have some samples so they can create the same condiments at home.

 

The desert can be HOT – make sure you bring A LOT of water and your own food for the picnic. Sun protection is advised, long pants too (lots of prickly stuff in the desert)

 

Make sure your car is ready for the trip and filled up (gasoline) before we start. If you get lost on the way to the location, you can meet us again at Angeles Crest Creamery, 19830 Big Pines Hwy, 93563 Valyermo. We will be there around noon-1pm. You can also decide to go solo and show up around that time.

We will meet at the location below and drive from there.

 

Initial Meeting location:

 

8349 Foothill Blvd, Sunland, CA

GPS: 34°15'36.2"N  118°18'53.8"W

Look for a sushi restaurant and a subway. I'll drive a red jeep wrangler or a gray Nissan XTerra.

Donation: $40.00 (pay on top of page). Part of that money ($10.00) will be donated to the goats. They will happily pose for selfies with you.

 

 

 

 

Saturday July 16

Wild Beers Workshop

Huntington Ranch Garden

 

Let's get back to the basics of making beer. You'll be amazed how easy it is to make beer at home with natural ingredients from your own native plant garden. During this workshop, we'll go on a foraging walk through the Ranch Garden site looking for ingredients to make our own beer. We'll collect mugwort, black sage and other aromatics.

 

After the walk, I'll show you the process of making the beer on location, we'll go through all the steps. Some wild refreshments and snacks will be served.

 

Limit: 15 participants. Early registration is strongly recommended due to limited space. It is The Ranch's policy to keep classes an intimate size to make your 'hands-on' learning experience more enjoyable.

 

This class is part of the Huntington Ranch Garden's "Ecosystem-Based Gardening Workshop Gardening Club".

 

Location:

 

The Huntington

 

Shade Structure, Huntington Ranch Garden, 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino 91108

 

As you enter the Huntington - ask for the location of the Ranch Garden at the booth (They can provide you with a brochure/map).

 

Cost: $30 (Pay on location but send me an email let me know you're coming so I can book a seat for you).

 

Time: 10AM until around 12:30PM  (come early - there is a bit of walking to do from the parking lot to the ranch garden).

 

You're welcome to stay and visit the Huntington in the afternoon, the place is awesome.

 

 

Saturday July 23

Self Reliance Workshop – Wild Fermentation

 

Fermentation is one of the easiest way to preserve food but also super healthy for you. You don’t need anything special to do it – just plants and salt.

 

The amount of delicious condiments you can make using fermentation is actually mind boggling, from simple sauerkraut to kimchi, salad condiments and even hot sauces. I’ll even show you how to create products that everyone (even those who usually don’t like sour flavors) will appreciate.  From a self-reliance perspective, it’s an easy way to take products and preserve them for a long time. Heck, in Japan they sometimes preserve vegetables for years using fermentation.

 

During this workshop you will learn how to ferment local plants and vegetables, techniques on creating very tasty condiments and tips on how to make fermented food everyone will enjoy. This is a very hands-on workshop – bring a jar with you and you’ll get to take your tasty creation home.

 

Meeting location:

North Valley Aikikai

9029 Reseda Blvd.,

Suite 100 Northridge, CA 91324

Time: 1:30 PM (Duration is around 3hrs)

Donation: $40.00 (pay on top of page)

 

 

 

Saturday July 30

Foraging, Cooking and Tasting

 

Meet some super friendly animals too!

 

That day, we'll explore the local forest on a private property and identify local edible and aromatic plants. It's so plentiful, we don't have to walk much. We'll probably spend an hour doing so.

 

It's going to be super fun as the property as giant tortoises, a camel, goats, zebra and much, much more...

 

The fun part is what comes next. We'll get busy and make some food, start cooking some wild greens to make delicious dishes, create some spice blends. I'll introduce you to the concept of cooking with forest floor and we'll get some sampling as well.

 

Long pants and hiking shoes are preferred. Sometimes we have poison oak.  Make sure to bring some water and sun protection too.

 

So be ready for fun and delicious times. We'll drive to the location from our initial meeting place (10 minutes drive).

 

We meet in front of the local 711 at the following address:

11348 Sunburst St, Sylmar, CA, US

34°16'39.9"N 118°22'42.1"W

Time: From 10AM to around 1:00 PM

 

Donation: $30 cash (pay on top)

$10 (out of the $30) will be donated to the animal facility.