Weekend #1: Introduction to Permaculture and Natural Medicine Making
Nov
16
to Nov 17

Weekend #1: Introduction to Permaculture and Natural Medicine Making

Location: Raven's Roots Campus

  • Introductions and overview of the course

  • Natural medicine making (tinctures, salves, syrups, etc.)

  • Teas, decoctions and infusions

  • Comprehensive natural medicine cabinet. Using herbs and mushrooms harvested from the Pacific Northwest, we'll build this cabinet for you throughout the course of the year

  • Introduction to Permaculture

  • Permaculture gardening strategies and techniques

  • Harvesting ethics

  • Harvesting plants on the annual harvest schedule for November

  • Introduction to botany and plant identification

  • Permaculture plant walk at the farm

  • Foods that you can wild forage in the fall. (mushrooms and plants)

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Weekend #2: The Soil Food Web, Soil Building and Garden Bed Preparation
Dec
7
to Dec 8

Weekend #2: The Soil Food Web, Soil Building and Garden Bed Preparation

Location: Raven's Roots Campus

  • Composting methods (thermal and vermicomposting)

  • Biochar: students will all go home with their own stove

  • Compost teas

  • Sheet mulching

  • Hugelkultur

  • Permaculture principles and design techniques

  • Swales and water harvesting

  • Harvesting plants on the annual harvest schedule for December

  • Winter tree and shrub identification

  • Introduction to the Soil Food Web

  • Studying soil microbiology using a microscope.

  • Pruning apple and stone fruit trees

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Weekend #3: Fermentation, Plant Propagation and Mushroom Inoculation
Jan
11
to Jan 12

Weekend #3: Fermentation, Plant Propagation and Mushroom Inoculation

Location: Raven's Roots Campus

  • Growing season extension techniques

  • Greenhouse construction and management.

  • Pressing oil from seed. Sustainable oil crops to grow here in the PNW.

  • Make paper using natural fibers.

  • Fermentation workshop. Students make and go home with multiple ferments.

  • Plant propagation from seed (scarification, stratification and using compost teas)

  • Hardwood cuttings from deciduous trees

  • Cottonwood bud harvesting

  • Mushroom inoculation (growing your own at home). We’ll learn multiple methods used here on the farm. Students will go home with inoculated logs.

  • Rocket stove design. Students will make their own rocket stove to take home.

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Weekend #4: Basketry using Cattail, Pine Needles, Willow and English Ivy
Feb
8
to Feb 9

Weekend #4: Basketry using Cattail, Pine Needles, Willow and English Ivy

Location: Raven's Roots Campus

  • Basketry (using various materials). You'll go home with at least 2 baskets.

  • Managing willow stands for basketry and feed stock for rocket stoves

  • Saturday will consist of basket making using cattail and pine needles

  • Sunday will consist of basket making using willow and English ivy.

  • Harvesting plants on the annual harvest schedule for February

  • Making baskets to catch fish using either English ivy or willow.


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Weekend 5: Personal Care Products, Household Cleansers, Natural Dyes and Fiber Crops
Mar
14
to Mar 15

Weekend 5: Personal Care Products, Household Cleansers, Natural Dyes and Fiber Crops

Location: Raven's Roots Campus

  • Hydrosols and essential oils

  • Soap making using oils pressed from the January class

  • Lye making using wood ash

  • Natural household cleansers

  • Natural dyes

  • Multiple types of natural cordage and techniques to make it

  • Making yarn from natural fibers

  • Natural glues

  • Advanced medicine making techniques

  • More personal care products (toothpaste, deodorant, hair rinses etc.)

  • Wild harvest of our perennial vegetables for potluck dinner on Saturday evening.

  • Harvesting plants on the annual harvest schedule for March.

  • Tapping trees for syrup. Specifically birches and maples

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Weekend #6: The Ecologies of Deception Pass State Park
Apr
18
to Apr 19

Weekend #6: The Ecologies of Deception Pass State Park

Location: Deception Pass State Park in Oak Harbor, WA. Overnight camp.

  • Travel to Deception Pass

  • Harvesting plants on the annual harvest schedule for April

  • Plant walks studying coastal and old growth ecologies

  • Edible seaweeds

  • Phytoremediation/Mycoremediation

  • Transplanting seed starts

  • Harvesting wild mushrooms in the spring

  • Plant propagation: grafting

  • Microclimates

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Weekend #7: The Ecologies of Eastern Washington
May
16
to May 17

Weekend #7: The Ecologies of Eastern Washington

Location: Methow Valley (Eastern Washington). Overnight camp.

  • Travel to Mazama, WA.

  • Wild harvesting foods and medicines on annual harvest schedule for May

  • Plant walks in multiple ecosystems on the east side, covering edible, medicinal and wildlife plants as well as utilitarian uses. Focus will be on the foothill and shrub steppe ecologies east of the Cascade Mountains.

  • Beneficial insects and pests (identification, the plants which attract them and their roles in the ecosystem.

  • Making medicines using harvested plants

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Weekend #8: The Ecologies of SW Washington
Jun
13
to Jun 14

Weekend #8: The Ecologies of SW Washington

Location: Southwestern Washington (Ridgefield and Nisqually). Overnight camp.

  • Travel south to Nisqually

  • Plant walks covering edible, medicinal and wildlife plants as well as utilitarian uses. Focus on oak and prarie ecosystems

  • Harvesting plants on the annual harvest schedule for June

  • Making plant based, natural ink

  • Natural medicines: Understanding human physiology

  • Introduction to plant/nature sit spots. Learning how to observe not only the plants, but how they interact with the ecology around them.

  • Botanical terms and plant family identification tips

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Weekend #9: Ecologies of the Olympic Peninsula (4 day trip)
Jul
10
to Jul 13

Weekend #9: Ecologies of the Olympic Peninsula (4 day trip)

Fri, Jul 12, 20199:00 AM  Sun, Jul 14, 20195:00 PM

Location: Olympic Peninsula (Hoh Rainforest, Sol Duc, Hurricane Ridge). Overnight camp.

  • Travel to Hoh Rainforest (Leave Wednesday evening or Thursday morning)

  • Harvesting plants on the annual harvest schedule for July

  • Plant walks focusing on the old growth rainforest, subalpine and coastal ecologies

  • Edible seaweed harvesting

  • Making medicines using harvested plants

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Weekend #10: Ecologies of Mount Baker
Aug
8
to Aug 9

Weekend #10: Ecologies of Mount Baker

Location: Mt. Baker - Heather Meadows. Overnight camp.

  • Travel to Mt. Baker - Heather Meadows

  • Harvesting ethics

  • Primitive cooking techniques (utilizing plants)

  • Make a wild dinner harvested during the day at the evening camp fire

  • Annual harvest schedule (outlining our harvests for the entire immersion course)

  • Harvest plants on the annual harvest schedule for August

  • Subalpine plant walks where we'll discuss edible, medicinal, wildlife attracting and utilitarian uses for plants

  • Introduction to plant based medicine: Emphasis on safety

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