Weekend #2
Dec
15
to Dec 16

Weekend #2

  • Location: Raven's Roots Campus

  • Composting methods (thermal and vermicomposting)
  • Pruning 
  • 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
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Weekend #3
Jan
12
to Jan 13

Weekend #3

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 
  • Plant propagation from seed (scarification, stratification and using compost teas)
  • Hardwood cuttings
  • Cottonwood bud harvesting
  • Mushroom inoculation (growing your own at home)
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Weekend #4
Feb
9
to Feb 10

Weekend #4

Location: Raven's Roots Campus

  • Basketry (using various materials). You'll go home with at least 1 basket.
  • Fish hooks and fish baskets
  • Making yarn from natural fibers
  • Working with western red cedar bark (bracelets, jewelry etc.)
  • Multiple types of natural cordage and techniques to make it
  • Harvesting plants on the annual harvest schedule for February

 

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Weekend #5
Mar
9
to Mar 10

Weekend #5

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
  • Biochar and rocket stove making
  • Biochar and it's role in building healthy soils (transitions into next class)
  • 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.
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Weekend #6
Apr
13
to Apr 14

Weekend #6

Location: Deception Pass State Park. Overnight camp.

  • Travel to Deception Pass
  • Harvesting plants on the annual harvest schedule for April
  • Plant walks studying coastal ecology
  • Edible seaweeds
  • Phytoremediation/Mycoremediation
  • Transplanting seed starts
  • Harvesting wild mushrooms
  • Microclimates

 

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Weekend #7
May
11
to May 12

Weekend #7

Location: Ellensburg area (Eastern Washington). Overnight camp.

  • Travel to Ellensburg, 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
Jun
8
to Jun 10

Weekend #8

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
Jul
12
to Jul 14

Weekend #9

Location: Olympic Peninsula (Hoh Rainforest and Lake Ozette). Overnight camp.

  • Travel to Hoh Rainforest (Leave Friday evening)
  • Harvesting plants on the annual harvest schedule for July
  • Plant walks focusing on the old growth rainforest, supalpine and coastal ecologies
  • Edible seaweed harvesting
  • Making medicines using harvested plants
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Weekend #10
Aug
10
to Aug 12

Weekend #10

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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Weekend #1
Nov
10
to Nov 11

Weekend #1

Location: Raven's Roots Campus

  • Introductions and overview of the course
  • Natural medicine making (tinctures, salves, syrups, lotions 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
  • Native plant walk at the farm
  • Wild foraging in the fall.
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