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  • A great opportunity from a friend of Fulton Farm, Joy Kudasik~ Using Winter's...

    10/31/2014 12:24 PM

    A great opportunity from a friend of Fulton Farm, Joy Kudasik~

    Using Winter's Wild Plants - a 9 week class for high school students ages 14 and up. Thursday afternoons 12:30-3:30. Twice a month beginning December 2

    Winter may feel like a hollow time when in comes to plant life, but it doesn't have to be. Though most animals and plants are hibernating, there is still plenty to explore and do, such as making bread out of what appears to be a dead Cattail plant. These nine 3-hour classes will cover basic botany and identification, best harvesting techniques, safety, respect, and preparation of the plant as food, craft or medicine. Most of our time will be spent outdoors* Each week will contain a hands-on aspect such as blending a tea, digging and washing roots, or preparing wild food as a group. Emphasis is placed on being with the plants and not just talking about them from books. Expect to gain a deeper appreciation for the wild and wide natural world and an understanding of how to utilize it for your needs. Nature is a gift to us, it contains everything we need to live healthy and full lives, it is up to us to learn how to use it appropriately.
    * Please layer up and do not underdress.

    Class Schedule
    December 2 Fall Roots - harvesting and preparing as food and tea
    December 16 Salves / Pine Tar/ Winter Greens
    January 6 Identifying Trees in Winter
    January 27 Cattails for Food and Craft (Prospectively meet @ Codorus State Park*)
    February 10 Basic Flower Botany (indoor) Wild Winter Teas
    February 24 Basket making and plant cordage (or possible field trip to Musselman's Greenhouse in Cashtown for identification practice*)
    March 10 Barks and Saps
    March 31 Botanical Family Patterns, Early Spring Greens as Food and Medicine
    April 14 Spring Roots
    *Class subjects may change based on weather and precipitation

    Required Materials:
    • Newcomb's Wildflower Guide
    • Pruning Shears (make sure they are sharp and cut cleanly, I suggest Felco if you want quality that will last a long time)
    • It is not required, but a digging fork or potato fork will be very useful.
    • All other necessary books, items and supplies will be provided and are included in the cost

    Location and Details: Classes will be held in, or near, Fairfield, PA. While I have a location secured, I am still looking for a good alternative spot in the Fairfield/Cashtown region to host the class. It will need to have nearby access to wild land such as forest or meadow, a heated indoor area for up to 14 people, water and electrical access, a bathroom, as well as a place for an outdoor fire. A plus would be to have occasional access to a kitchen. If you are interested in hosting please contact me asap to see if we can work it out for both of our benefits.
    Homework: Every two weeks will require about 1 hour of homework
    Class size will be limited to 12 to ensure a good experience for each student.
    Cost: $60 per student, including supplies. Early registration discount $50 if paid by November 14th.

    To sign up or ask any questions please email joykudasik@gmail.com or call 717-860-1918

    Just a bit about me: I have been eating straight from nature since I was a child surrounded by wild fruit trees. I branched out to learn about the medicinal aspects of plants and spent 2013 as a student and apprentice at the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine in Ithaca NY. My husband and I chose to live off-grid in recent years which has deepened my dependence on nature and the seasons. I glean as much plant wisdom and folklore as I can from classes, books and from many people who know different things than I do. It is my hope to reconnect people with nature.

    Thank you, I am really looking forward to teaching this class,

    Joy Kudasik

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