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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.

 

November 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday November 5

Forest Walk - Mushrooms - Wild edibles, aromatic and medicinal plants

 

Let's explore new trails in a local forest. We'll look at edible, aromatic and medicinal plants and possibly mushrooms too. With the recent rain, I expect to see a few new plants showing up. With the recent forest fire there, we may even get interesting mushrooms - last year I found oyster mushrooms, honey and inky cap mushrooms and many medicinal ones too such as turkey tails.

 

The (slow) walk is a couple of hours. Long pants and hiking shoes are preferred. Sometimes we have poison oak.  Make sure to bring some water and sun protection too.

 

As usual, after the class we'll have some interesting wild snacks and drinks (infusions, sodas, etc...).

 

The walk will happen - rain or shine. I love rain :)

 

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

 

Time: From 10AM to 1PM

 

Donation: $20.00 (Pay on top)

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday November 12

Mushrooms and Wild Edibles Walk

 

Awesome we had rain recently! Now let see if we can find some yummy oyster (and others) mushrooms. I’m not promising anything (them mushrooms have a mind of their own) but in any case, we’ll see quite a few edible plants including new ones such a chickweed, curly dock and who knows what else. (I have not been in this location for a very long time).

 

After the walk, we’ll eat some yummy wild food that I’ve prepared in advance and of course we’ll have some wild drinks – sodas, infusions, etc…

 

The walk is very slow and last for a couple of hours with tons of stops to talk about plants. It will happen rain or shine so be prepared. Long pants and hiking shoes are preferred. Sometimes we have poison oak.  Make sure to bring some water and sun protection too.

 

Meeting place: Hahamongna Watershed Park

 

4550 Oak Grove Dr, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

 

We meet in the large parking lot close to the baseball field (Not what used to be the usual place)

 

34.192695, -118.175867

 

Time: From 10AM to around 1:00PM

 

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

 

 

 

Sunday November 13

Wild Fermentation - Kimchi, sauerkraut and more with wild plants

 

We're about to have tons of wild edible greens during winter and spring and it's a good time to learn how to preserve the harvest so we can enjoy it all year long.

 

Fermentation is probably one of the easiest way to preserve food and there are a lot of fantastic fermented creations you can make using wild edibles such as curly dock, dandelion, watercress, chickweed and much more.

 

During the first part of the workshop, we'll go on a nature walk and identify local plants that could be used to make some interesting fermented concoctions. The walk is a bit more than an hour. It's a very slow walk with lots of stops to talk about the plants we see and their culinary/medicinal uses.

 

After the walk we'll sit down and together we'll make a sauerkraut incorporating some local wild edibles and also make a vegan kimchi.

 

Once you've done this workshop, you'll be able to make your own fermented food using store-bought or wild ingredients.

 

The walk and workshop will happen rain or shine so be prepared. Long pants and hiking shoes are preferred. Sometimes we have poison oak.  Make sure to bring some water and sun protection too.

 

 

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

 

Time: From 10AM to 1PM

 

Donation: $30.00 (Pay on top)

 

Saturday November 19

Kagel Canyon Exploration - Wild edibles, aromatic and medicinal plants

 

Let's explore that beautiful area and see what we can find in terms of wild edibles. I expect to find chickweed, dandelion, beautiful aromatic plants such as California Sagebrush, black sage and so on...

 

We'll start from our original meeting location (711), drive to a couple of locations then hike and explore. We can car pool at the 711.

After the walk, we’ll eat a yummy wild food snack that I’ve prepared in advance and of course we’ll have some wild drinks – sodas, infusions, etc…

 

The walk will happen rain or shine so be prepared. 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)

 

 

Sunday November 20

Nature Walk and Cooking with Cactus! by Chef Mia Wasilevich

CANCELLED DUE TO POSSIBLE RAIN

 

Cooking with Cactus! Join Mia for a morning plant ID walk and mini-tasting featuring the faithful and drought-tolerant cactus. We’ll take a leisurely stroll and see what’s out there during this dry winter. Together, we’ll make a dish al fresco, explore uses and culinary preparations for cactus pads and cactus pears and then sample some cactus goodies.

 

The class starts at 10: am in Sylmar at Hansen Dam Equestrian Center. The walk is about 45 minutes and then we’ll meet around the picnic tables afterwards until about 1 pm. Please wear and bring sensible shoes, sun protection and water.

 

 

Hansen Dam Equestrian Center

11127 Orcas Avenue, Lake View Terrace, CA 91342

10:00am – 1:00pm

34°16'10.4"N  118°22'00.0"W

 

$30 donation per person

 

 

 

 

Saturday November 26

Forest Walk - Wild edibles, aromatic and medicinal plants

 

Let's take a walk through the forest and explore a little bit. We'll look at edible, aromatic and medicinal plants, talk about which plants are native (and sometimes protected) and which plants are invasive. Did you know what the majority of edible plants are actually invasive?

 

It's a very slow walk along a somewhat dry water stream, I expect to see over 30 plants that have interesting uses. If the group is interested, we can also talk about edible insects.

 

As usual, after the class we'll have some interesting wild snacks and drinks (infusions, sodas, etc...).

 

The walk will happen - rain or shine. I love rain :)

 

We'll drive to the location from our initial meeting place (10 minutes drive). You'll need to purchase a forest pass $5 (Available at the 711)

 

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)

 

 

 

 

Sunday November 27

Wild Food Tasting and Small Plant Walk

 

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. Tons of interesting food and drinks.

 

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: $40 (pay on top)

$10 (out of the $40) will be donated to the animal facility.

 

 

 

Saturday Dec 3

Nature Walk - Mushrooms (possibly) - Edible, Medicinal and Aromatic Plants

 

 

Join me for a nature and 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 and snacks using wild ingredients.

 

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

 

The walk will happen rain or shine.

 

We meet at the following location:

Crescenta Valley Park

3901 Dunsmore Ave, La Crescenta, CA 91214

34.224863, -118.257504

Time: From 10AM to around 1:00 PM

 

Donation: $20.00 (Pay on top)

 

 

Sunday Dec 4  (WORKSHOP IS FULL)

I plan to do another one in January if you are interested.

Historical Beer  Workshop - Making beer like a Viking!

Fire and Hot Stones - Sprouted Grain - Foraged Plants - Wild Yeast Extraction

 

This is probably going to be on of the most interesting workshop I'll give this year. The challenge is simple - let's go back in time and make a beer similar to what could have been done by Celts or Vikings. We're talking using fire, stone grinders, homemade sprouted grains, hot stones for boiling the beer, local bitter herbs instead of hops and clay pots.

 

This is going to be a whole day project - we'll meet at 9AM and drive to the workshop location.

 

When arrived at the location, we'll do a nature walk and identify plants that have been historically used in Europe instead of hops (mugwort, horehound, etc...) and even local plants I personally use to make beer.  The walk will be a bit more than an hour.

 

After the walk, we'll get a fire started and get to work. We'll need to grind the grains, make hot stones, heat the "beer" and so on. It's going to be a whole day project, we'll take our time and talk about the process and all the steps along the way. I'm working on a book about wild fermentation so I'll do a lot of photos as well.

 

Once you've done this workshop, making a whole grain beer at home using modern equipment will be a cinch...but will it taste better?  Find out!!!!

 

Of course we’ll enjoy a nice beer sampling and wild snacks using wild ingredients. If you want to bring stuff to barbecue wild there...be my guest.

 

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

 

This workshop will happen rain or shine. Due to food expenses, preparations, etc... there will not be a refund if you decided not to show up due to possible rain or other circumstances (too cold, dog ate your tire, etc...) but you'll be able to attend a future nature walk ($20 value) for free.

 

We will drive from the meeting place. You'll need to purchase a forest pass $5 (There is a 711 which sells them where we meet)

 

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

 

All day - From 9 AM to around 4PM

Donation: Was $ 50 - WORKSHOP IS FULL - no more sign-up - will do another workshop in January.