Izaak Walton League hosts two fall classes in September

Ikes-2 Ikes-1Wild plants have a variety of uses, from medicine to cordage, and of course many may be foraged for food. After all, our cultivated vegetables were all developed from wild stock once upon a time. The Izaak Walton League is hosting two classes this month at their Conservation Center, one on plant uses and the other on mushrooms.

On Monday, Sept. 16, 6:00 – 8:30pm, George Hedgepeth will lead a plant “walk & talk”, followed by an workshop on herbal preparations. Hedgepeth also teaches wilderness survival courses and is an experienced forager with lots of information to share, from roots to trees. Elderberries, wild cherries, milkweed, cattails, maypops, nuts, and even autumn-olive berries are some of the things that may be covered.

This will be followed by a Mushroom class on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 1:00. Instructor Rachel Mifsud from U of M is also an avid forager, who specializes in mushroom identification and use. She will lead a search for wild specimens and also talk about growing mushrooms indoors at home.

Both classes will be held at the local Dwight Lydell Chapter of the IWLA, located at 5641 Myers Lake Ave. Each is $5, donated at the door, or free for members.  To add your name to the class list, it is recommended that you rsvp to georgiadonovanart@gmail.com or call 773-2850.

With continued interest, a talk on “Permaculture” may be scheduled for October.


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