When Wade and I started planning Mill Hollow Works, LLC, “Foraging”, was one of the main courses I sought to bring into our curriculum. Beautifully aligned with our mission of helping people become more self-reliant, learning to identify and harvest wild-grown edibles had to be one of our first classes . Our fertile nook of the country is abundant with seasonally available food – most of it appearing as invasive weeds crowding our backyards and hiking trails. This ability to identify wild food sources could be the difference of life and death – and not only in an emergency situation. Even for the greatest gardeners among us (and especially those gardeners like me who’s summer garden quickly rotted under the deluge of early rain) learning to harvest and put away wild grown edibles is a key skill of those living sustainable, purposeful, self-reliant, resourceful lives. Imagine, being able to supplement your household with abundant, FREE, healthy food?
Thanks to a lot of hard work, local support and more than a little bit of synchronicity, Mill Hollow Works launched into a fantastic location – the old Hubbard Farm’s Grain Mill right next to the 74 acres of Antioch University’s Glover’s Ledge. Could there be a more perfect spot for a foraging class? All we needed was an instructor. Synchronicity struck again and we were connected with Sandy Littell.
In Sandy’s words “My background is in nursing, fitness, nutrition and energy healing. As a lifelong naturalist, I enjoy sharing my knowledge of local wild edibles, how to prepare them, and their health benefits.” In the short walk Sandy and I took together around Glover’s Ledge, Sandy pointed out at least a dozen herbs and greens, excitedly rattling off health benefits and preparation methods for each, and sent me home with a good handful of wild lettuce.
I am so excited to help bring Sandy’s wealth of knowledge and experience to our region through “Foraging for Wild Edibles”, Aug 1st, 4-6pm, at Mill Hollow Works. This course will be offered through-out August and into September with a variety of classes centered on identifying, and exploring the health benefits of, wild-growing plants. Sign up for the first class in the series “Foraging for Wild Edibles” here and stay up-to-date as future classes are booked by signing up for our newsletter. Looking forward to seeing you all Aug 1st!