Traditional Bow Making (Private Sessions)
Apr
1
to Oct 31

Traditional Bow Making (Private Sessions)

Archery is one of the peak primitive talents that encompasses many skill areas—plant identification, wood working and tillering, fiber arts, adhesives, stone knapping, and wood bending.  Additionally, if the bow is used for hunting, tracking, stalking, concealment, and the talents surrounding accurate shooting enter the scene.

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Fall Foraging
Sep
29
to Oct 1

Fall Foraging

This hands-on class is designed for those with with an interest in self-sufficiency, human health, and a deeper relationship with plants.  Foraging provides many avenues of connection with nature and fosters a greater appreciation of the many things that local landscapes can provide for us.

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Wildcrafting Herbal Medicine
Jul
28
to Jul 30

Wildcrafting Herbal Medicine

Coping with and recovering from illness, injury, and debility has always been part of being human.  And for these complaints, plants have served as the major source of medicine.  This class will examine the use of wild plants, fungi, and lichens for healing sickness and injury and supporting the body.

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Spring Foraging
May
5
to May 7

Spring Foraging

  • Delta Institute of Natural History (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This hands-on class is designed for those with an interest in self-sufficiency, human health, and a deeper relationship with plants.

Foraging provides many avenues of connection with nature and fosters a greater appreciation of the many things that local landscapes can provide for us.  It has become increasingly clear through many independent studies that diets rich in wild foods promote health and defend the body from many of the debilitating ailments that plague modern societies (e.g., obesity, diabetes, arthritis, coronary disease, periodontal disease).

Students should expect to spend much of the weekend outside identifying, collecting, and preparing wild plants for food (so be prepared for weather and uneven terrain).  Class will focus on gathering plant foods and medicines that are appropriate for the season (leaves, shoots, bulbs, rhizomes).  Throughout the class, simple tools will be used and reference will be made to primitive and contemporary methods of processing plants.  As well, wildcrafted medicine and utilitarian plants will be discussed to provide a more holistic understanding of how plants can positively affect our lives.  Wild nutrition is both a link to the past and a gateway to a sustainable future.

This class will be taught by Arthur Haines and will be offered at the Delta Institute of Natural History in Canton, ME (click here if you need directions).  All food will be included and prepared by Chef Frank Giglio.  Expect local, wild, and/or organic food offerings from the four food kingdoms prepared in a traditional manner (i.e., a Weston Price-inspired menu).

Some locations will be visited off site so please be prepared to carpool short distances from the property.  Bring footwear for uneven ground, and proper clothing for whatever the weather may be on that day. Camping is available on site.

Price is $375.00 and class is limited to 12 students.

Class begins at 6:00 pm on Friday and ends at 12:00 pm on Sunday.

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Registration policies for classes offered exclusively through the Delta Institute of Natural History are found here.

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From Tree to Table: Gathering and Processing Acorns for Food
Oct
30
12:00pm12:00pm

From Tree to Table: Gathering and Processing Acorns for Food

The fruit of the oak tree has been used as an important staple by aboriginal people across North America. The people of each region had their preferred species and detailed methods of collecting, storing, and processing the acorns for use in different types of dishes. Although rarely eaten today, oak trees still produce large numbers of fruits in many years and represent an under-utilized food source. Given their nutritional profile, low glycemic index value, and ability to be stored for long periods, acorns make a wonderful wild food that can be enjoyed throughout the year. Further, New England is blessed with a number of oak species that produce large acorns. This class will introduce students to methods of preparing them for food (primitive and contemporary methods will be mentioned). Some of the important details concerning acorn collection will also be noted. Discussion will include some life history strategies of the oaks that are relevant to foragers and some important myths found in wild food literature. A freshly made acorn food will be enjoyed at the end of the class.  This class will be offered from 12:00 to 4:00 pm in Turner, ME, at the Nezinscot Farm (an organic dairy, café, and fiber studio).  The tuition is $60.00.  The event will be restricted to 18 participants.  To reserve a spot in this half-day class, you may visit http://www.arthurhaines.com/registration-policies, select "Day-long Event" in the drop down menu, and click "Sign Up" (this is an on-line registration using PayPal, you do not need a PayPal account to use the online system).  The remaining tuition ($10.00) will be due the day of the class.  Alternatively, you can contact Arthur Haines at arthurhaines[at]wildblue.net and discuss a registration that works for you (e.g., mailing a check or money order).

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Food Sovereignty:  through the lens of rewilding
Oct
29
7:00pm 7:00pm

Food Sovereignty: through the lens of rewilding

This free lecture is open to the public and will examine some important aspects of food sovereignty, including access, nutrition, and disease prevention.  These topics will be viewed initially from a historical viewpoint to establish the biological norm for human communities.  From there, strategies for developing personal and regional food security will be discussed.  While many believe a focus should be placed on waging legal battles with large corporations, such victories may not lead to increases in food sovereignty.  We are currently witnessing the outcomes of a passive approach to food autonomy in this country.  In contrast, developing a realistically attainable authority over food will require people to actively engage in developing traditional ecological knowledge and learning politically incorrect nutrition.  This presentation is supported, in part, by Anaskimin.

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Preserving Native Plant Knowledge for Their Future
Aug
12
7:00pm 7:00pm

Preserving Native Plant Knowledge for Their Future

This lecture is designed to expose the audience to a wide-range of useful plants that grow wild on the New England landscape.  Plants that can be used to nourish, heal, and craft are discussed.  Some specific examples of vitamin content, antioxidant ability, and herbal therapy will be shared.  Through use of images, stories of indigenous use, and contemporary scientific study, an argument is made that the waning use of wild plants (for food, medicine, fiber, etc.) is correlated with a decline in health of both our bodies and our local landscapes.  Foraging, wildcrafting medicine, and other such pursuits connect us to the wild world and create a bond, one that deepens with use.  The critical need for preserving native plants and their habitats cannot be fully realized without interacting with them (i.e., viewing them from afar does not reveal their full value to people).

This class is offered through the New England Wild Flower Society.

One can register online here.  Or, one can contact the registrar here.

Wednesday, August 12, 7-8 p.m.

Location: SVF Foundation, Newport, RI
Program Code: BOT7036
Instructor: Arthur Haines
Fee: $ (Member) / $ (Nonmember)
CEU: 1 AOLCP

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Old Pepper Place Nature Reserve
Jul
26
1:00pm 1:00pm

Old Pepper Place Nature Reserve

Old Pepper Place is a stunning, biologically diverse parcel of land in Washington, VT.  The 350-acre old hill farm includes two small fens and offers wonderful views of forested lands, open fields, and the Green Mountains. During this field trip you will learn all about the Reserve’s natural history with a focus on plant life and identification. We will discuss the geology and ecology of the area, look for edible plants and birds, and interpret tracks and other signs of wildlife. Bring a bag lunch, water, a hand lens, and binoculars. Wear proper footwear and clothing.

This class is offered through the New England Wild Flower Society.

One can register online here.  Or, one can contact the registrar here.

Sunday, July 26, 1-4 p.m.

Location: Washington, VT
Program Code: FDT5017
Instructor: Arthur Haines
Fee: $28 (Member) / $35 (Nonmember)
Limit: 14 Certificate: Field: FB/Adv.FB
Cosponsor: Vermont Institute of Natural Science

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Mount Kearsarge
Jul
11
10:00am10:00am

Mount Kearsarge

Mount Kearsarge is a monadnock in western New Hampshire approximately 890 meters tall, offering impressive views due to its isolation from other peaks.  This day in the field will examine the natural history of the mountain, with a focus on plants.  A variety of topics will be presented, including ecology, edible plants, birding, tracking, and geology.  Bring lunch, water, a hand lens, and binoculars for birding.  Proper footwear and clothing will also be necessary.

This class if offered through the New England Wild Flower Society.

One can register online here.  Or, one can contact the registrar here.

Saturday, July 11, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Location: Warner, New Hampshire
Program Code: FDT5014
Instructor: Arthur Haines
Fee: $47 (Member) / $58 (Nonmember)
Limit: 16 Certificate: Field: FB/Adv.FB
Cosponsor: The Fells

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Native Plant Life of Lake Sunapee
Jun
7
1:00pm 1:00pm

Native Plant Life of Lake Sunapee

Lake Sunapee is one of New Hampshire’s largest lakes, with eight miles of shoreline that hosts a wide range of native plants. Arthur Haines, author of Flora Novae Angliae, will lead a field study along the shoreline of Lake Sunapee to examine these plants and learn features of their identification and ecology, with some emphasis on those suited for use in horticulture (in order to design native plantings in this region). Wear footwear appropriate for uneven ground; bring a hand lens and protection from the elements.

This class is offered through the New England Wild Flower Society.

One can register online here.  Or, one can contact the registrar here.

Sunday, June 7, 1-3:30 pm

Location: The Fells, Newbury, NH
Program Code: FDT5015
Instructor: Arthur Haines
Fee: $23 (Member) / $28 (Nonmember)
Limit: 16 Certificate: Field: FB/Adv.FB
Cosponsor: The Fells

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Foraging for Wild Plants
May
31
1:00pm 1:00pm

Foraging for Wild Plants

  • Vermont Institute of Natural Science Nature Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Traditional people around the world understand that food does not just represent calories but it supplies also important nutrients and protective compounds.  For these people, food is a defining feature of their culture and is incorporated into their collecting tools, containers, songs, and rituals.  Important to note is that people who still enjoy their traditional diet are relatively free from many of the chronic ailments that plaque modern societies in every country―cancer, cardiovascular diseases, neurological diseases, diabetes, inflammatory diseases of the digestive and musculoskeletal systems, and autoimmune disorders.  Aside from such serious topics, wild plants offer variety in our diet and can provide unique flavors and textures to liven up dishes that may be frequently prepared in our households.  Join in the spirit of Euell Gibbons and see how wonderful it feels to gather your own food.  This field class will begin with a brief explanation of the protective benefits of wild foods and then delve into identifying and gathering various late spring wild edibles.  Seasonal differences will be discussed and preparation techniques for the different plant parts examined.

This class is offered through the New England Wild Flower Society.

One can register online here.  Or, one can contact the registrar here.

Sunday, May 31, 1-3:30 p.m.

Location: Vermont Institute of Natural Science Nature Center, Quechee, VT
Program Code: FDT5016
Instructor: Arthur Haines
Fee: $23 (Member) / $28 (Nonmember)
Limit: 14 Certificate: Field: FB/Adv.FB
Cosponsor: Vermont Institute of Natural Science

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Edible Plant Identification and Use
Apr
26
1:00pm 1:00pm

Edible Plant Identification and Use

Traditional people around the world understand that food does not just represent calories but it supplies also important nutrients and protective compounds.  For these people, food is a defining feature of their culture and is incorporated into their collecting tools, containers, songs, and rituals.  Important to note is that people who still enjoy their traditional diet are relatively free from many of the chronic ailments that plaque modern societies in every country―cancer, cardiovascular diseases, neurological diseases, diabetes, inflammatory diseases of the digestive and musculoskeletal systems, and autoimmune disorders.  Aside from such serious topics, wild plants offer variety in our diet and can provide unique flavors and textures to liven up dishes that may be frequently prepared in our households.  Join in the spirit of Euell Gibbons and see how wonderful it feels to gather your own food.  This field class will begin with a brief explanation of the protective benefits of wild foods and then delve into identifying and gathering various late spring wild edibles.  Seasonal differences will be discussed and preparation techniques for the different plant parts examined.

This class is offered by the New England Wild Flower Society.

One can register online here.  Or, one can contact the registrar here.

Sunday, April 26, 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Location: Greenwich Audubon, Greenwich, CT
Program Code: BOT7016
Instructor: Arthur Haines
Fee: $20 (Member) / $25 (Nonmember)
Limit: 24 Certificate: Field: FB/Adv.FB CEU: 2 AOLCP
Cosponsor: Greenwich Audubon

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Preserving Native Plant Knowledge for Their Future
Apr
26
10:30am10:30am

Preserving Native Plant Knowledge for Their Future

This lecture is designed to expose the audience to a wide-range of useful plants that grow wild on the New England landscape.  Plants that can be used to nourish, heal, and craft are discussed.  Some specific examples of vitamin content, antioxidant ability, and herbal therapy will be shared.  Through use of images, stories of indigenous use, and contemporary scientific study, an argument is made that the waning use of wild plants (for food, medicine, fiber, etc.) is correlated with a decline in health of both our bodies and our local landscapes.  Foraging, wildcrafting medicine, and other such pursuits connect us to the wild world and create a bond, one that deepens with use.  The critical need for preserving native plants and their habitats cannot be fully realized without interacting with them (i.e., viewing them from afar does not reveal their full value to people).

This class is offered through the New England Wild Flower Society.

One can register online here.  Or, one can contact the registrar here.

Sunday, April 26, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Location: Greenwich Audubon, Greenwich, CT
Program Code: BOT7015
Instructor: Arthur Haines
Fee: $12 (Member) / $15 (Nonmember)
Certificate: Elective: all certificates CEU: 2 AOLCP
Cosponsor: Greenwich Audubon

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Spring Foraging
May
17
to Jun 17

Spring Foraging

Traditional people around the world understand that food does not just represent calories but it supplies also important nutrients and protective compounds.  For these people, food is a defining feature of their culture and is incorporated into their collecting tools, containers, songs, and rituals.

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Wild Food Weekend
May
2
to Jun 4

Wild Food Weekend

Have you wondered what it would be like to feed yourself entirely from wild food?  Have you been interested to take part in the ecology of your landscape?  Have you been curious to see how your body would respond to our ancestral diet?  If you have answered yes to any of these questions, this class was designed with you in mind.

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Traditional Braintan Buckskin (Private Sessions)
May
1
to Oct 31

Traditional Braintan Buckskin (Private Sessions)

Braintan buckskin is the traditional leather of many indigenous cultures, including Native Americans.  It has allowed anatomically modern humans to protect themselves from the elements and travel throughout the world.  Though buckskin shares many qualities with contemporary leather, such as beauty, function, durability, it is a vastly different product, neither damaging to the environment nor rigid (though it can be made stiff). 

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