I had a fabulous weekend teaching at the Midwest Wild Harvest Festival. I found 35 medicinal plants around the property of Badger Camp just outside of Prairie du Chien, WI. Of course, I couldn't talk fast enough to get to all of them. But, students seemed to lern a lot and absorb the complex world of energetic plant medicine, reading doctrine of signatures, and learning to match plants with PEOPLE instead of symptoms with the help of the five elements.
A taste of what we spent time learning about:
Wild Cherry Bark
Plantain - of course one of my top 5 must know plants
Unfortunately, these lovely plants were not putting on their best show for the audience. Since it's been a hot dry summer, most of what we looked at was dry, withered and well-past harvest/flowering state.
I think next year I want to prioritize talking about and finding plants that are healthy, thriving and up for harvest.
The surprising thing to me was that I didn't see any yarrow up there (which is another one of my top 5 plants!)
One of the highlights of the weekend for me was the Potluck and Wild food Cooking Contest. People made some fabulous dishes, including lots of gluten-free desserts made with acorn flour. I totally dropped the ball on making a dish that was a contender for winning the prize. But, next year -- watch out! -- I am busting out my ALL WILD black walnut cream pie: wild rice, bearfat, lotus root starch crust; maple, bearfat, black walnut, acorn flour filling. Scogin and I made it 3 years ago for Thanksgiving with Sam Thayer and Melissa. they both agreed it could have won at many wild foods contest. I felt proud.
The other highlight was meeting Liz, a singer from Decora, Iowa. I really enjoy singing and collecting songs. She shared some good ones. I spent the drive home working on memorizing them by listening to recordings I made on my cell phone.
It was great to meet all who were there!
Thanks to all the students who brought their curiosity, openness and inspiration to my classes.
More info: http://wildharvestfestival.org/