Follow in the foot-steps of the Anasagunticooks and learn to see and gather the bounty of wild plant foods along the Androscoggin River. 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 free from many of the chronic ailments that plaque modern societies in every country―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. Class will be held from 10:00 am to approximately 3:00 pm in Brunswick, ME (directions will be provided to participants). This single-day class will be led by Arthur Haines. This is an outdoor event, so be prepared for whatever weather occurs and uneven and/or rocky ground. A bagged lunch will be needed and a hand lens for examining small plant structures (used for identification) may be helpful. The price of the class is $100.00 and will be limited to 15 students. Registration can be performed through the "sign up" button below.
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