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Herbal Studies: Introduction to Wildcrafting!

Heather Nerheim
Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(113)
Wildcrafting is the practice of identifying, ethically harvesting and using wild plants for food and wellness. Gifts of food and healing are all around us. Now let鈥檚 get outside and start learning! 馃尲

Class experience

Beginner Level
5 lessons//5 Weeks
Week 1
Lesson 1
What is Wildcrafting?
This week we will be discussing what makes plants "wild," what wildcrafting is, and how to harvest wild plants sustainably and safely. Then we will dive into botany and learn the steps to plant identification and how to use a dichotomous key. We will wrap up with a recommendations for finding and using a field guide for your region and how to use the printable Plant ID worksheets provided in class to create your own field journal!
Week 2
Lesson 2
Ways to Use Plants for Wellness + Supplies for Wildcrafting
This week we will discuss some of the ways that plants are commonly used for wellness, such as food, teas, tinctures/glycerites, infused oils, infused vinegars, syrups, oxymels, salves, and poultices. We will go over the supplies that are necessary (or nice) to have in order to harvest and process plants, most of which will be easy to find in your home kitchen!
Week 3
Lesson 3
Parts of a Leaf + Stinging Nettle Study
This week we have our first plant morphology lesson - Parts of a Leaf! We will study leaf shapes, margins, arrangements and compound leaves. We will also have our first in-depth plant study! What may once have been a foe will surely become a friend - we'll be learning about the wonderful STINGING NETTLE including some fun recipes like Strettine (nettle pasta). The course-book contains additional leaf allies to look for this week in case you cannot find or identify nettle.
Week 4
Lesson 4
Parts of a Flower + Yarrow Study
This week our plant morphology lesson is Parts of a Flower. We will talk about pollination and pollinators, what composite flowers are, and dive deep into a study of one of my all time favorite flowers - YARROW. There will be recipes and a week 4 challenge! The course-book contains additional flower allies to search for this week in case you cannot find or identify yarrow.
Week 5
Lesson 5
Parts of a Root + Dandelion Study
It's the final week! Our plant morphology lesson this week is Parts of a Root. We'll learn about the special relationship between mycorrhizal fungi and plant roots and our final plant study will be the humble but amazing DANDELION. Once again, I'll be sharing some of my favorite recipes and there will be a final challenge. The course-book contains extra root allies to search for if you cannot find any dandelions.
I am a graduate of The School of Evolutionary Herbalism where I completed the Vitalist Herbal Practitioner Program for Clinical Skills and Holistic Therapies under the tutelage of Sajah Popham.  I have also taken courses on the topic of herbalism taught by Matthew Wood, Judith Hill, and Asia Suler.  However, my greatest teachers have been the plants themselves. I have spent decades listening to them, sitting with them, harvesting them, reading about them, and crafting my own remedies and that personal connection and experience has been invaluable.  For the past 5 years I have taught my Introduction to Wildcrafting class to over 1000 children and I have several groups of students who have continued studying with me for 4+ years.  I truly believe that teaching our children about the natural world is the single most important thing that we can do for the future of our beautiful planet and teaching it through the lens of healing might just be the most important thing we do for the future of humanity. 
Homework Offered
Students will have weekly "challenges" designed to get them outside in nature, studying plant morphology in real life and working with the plants discussed in the lessons. At the beginning of each week there will be time for sharing what students discovered and crafted. There will not be any formal grading, these challenges are simply designed to be fun and to encourage students to spend time outside exploring what they have learned in class.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
Certificate of Achievement - each Budding Herbalist will receive a printable certificate for completing the course
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These supplies will make it easier to harvest and process plants when you are adventuring outside of class.  We will cover supplies in the week 2 content and students will have time to gather supplies before week 3. Most of this list will be easy to find around the house!
This is a general list of items that are useful for harvesting herbs and making herbal oils, salves, vinegars, oxymels, teas, and glycerites/tinctures:

Backpack or basket
Pruning shears
Mason-type jars of various sizes
Measuring cups and spoons
Funnel + filters
Kitchen scale
Drying rack
Chopping board and knife and/or blender/food processor
Carrier oil(s)
Apple cider vinegar
Vegetable glycerine or 80 proof alcohol
Distilled water
Tincture bottles and salve tins
Tea strainer
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
**ATTENTION PARENTS!  The information in this class is for educational purposes only. The instructor  of this course disclaims any liability in connection with the use of this information.  While all of the plants we are covering in this course are considered mild and safe for children, ingesting wild plants is inherently risky.  Plants can easily be mistaken and every individual will vary in their physiological response to a plant that is touched or consumed.  Please do not attempt self-treatment of a medical problem without consulting a qualified health practitioner.**
Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(113)
Hi there!  My name is Heather and I live on a 20-acre farm nestled in a valley between two mountains in western Maryland. It's a magical place where the Shenandoah meets the Potomac and the Appalachian trail meanders through lush deciduous...
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