Wild Food Education & Training
Workshops Seminars & Teach-Ins for 2014
 
Calendar of Events Across North America  

John Kallas, Ph.D., Director, Wild Food Adventures
Institute for the Study of Edible Wild Plants & Other Foragables
Portland, Oregon


Multi-Day Wild Food Events



For More Detail on each event below, "Click" the Title or Scroll Down Past This List
If a workshop is full, you can request to be on a waiting list
For wait list: Type registration info directly into an e-mail (form itself is not needed).
Specify workshop requested and send it to us ASAP, we will notify you if a space opens up.
** Some workshops and events are offered by other organizations - Register with them, NOT Wild Food Adventures.
** Dr. Kallas is teaching at someone elses venue or event.

  January

2014  

** Free - Wild Foods From Dirt to Plate

January 24 - 26

Eugene, OR

** Free - Wild Foods of Northwest Forests

January 25

Eugene, OR

  February

2014  

** Winter Count Primitive Skills Conference

February 9 - 15

Maricopa, AZ

  March

2014  

** Free - Wild Foods From Dirt to Plate

March 29

Portland, OR

** Free - Wild Foods From Dirt to Plate

March 30

Portland, OR

  April

2014  

Introduction to Wild Foods

April 12

Mount Tabor, OR

FULL Edible Wild Plants on the First Days of Spring

April 13

Sauvie Island, OR

FULL Wild Foods of Forest Park

April 19

Portland, OR

** Rivercane Primitive Skills Rendezvous

April 20 - 27

Lafayette, GA

Neighborhood Foraging of Spring Greens & Vegetables

April 27

Portland, OR

** North Carolina Wild Foods Weekend

April 27 - 29

Reidsville, NC

** Buckeye Primitive Skills Gathering

April 27 - May 3

Butte Co, CA

  May

2014  

Wild Foods of Jessup Bluff

May 4

Portland, OR

FULL Wild Foods of Oxbow's Old Growth Forest

May 10

Sandy, OR

Native Shores Wild Food Rendezvous

May 8-11, 2015

Oregon Coast

Pacific Coast Clam Dig

May 31

Tillamook, OR

  June

2014  

Sea Vegetables of the Pacific Coast

June 1

Hug Point & Garabaldi, OR

Butter, Steamer and Gaper Clam Dig

June 14

Tillamook, OR

Sea Vegetables of the Pacific Coast

June 15

Hug Point & Garabaldi, OR

** Wild Food Summit

June 19 - 22

White Earth, MN

GingerRoot Wild Food Rendezvous

June 19-22, 2015

Silverton, OR

  July

2014  

Pacific Coast Clam Dig

July 12

Tillamook, OR

FULL Sea Vegetables of the Pacific Coast

July 13

Hug Point & Garabaldi, OR

Fruits of Northwest Forests

July 19

Portland, OR

FULL Wild Foods from Dirt to Plate

July 20

Sauvie Island, OR

  August

2014  

Wild Foods of Native Americans

August 3

Portland, OR

Wapato Island Expedition

August 16

Wapato Island, OR

Wild Foods in Wilderness Survival

August 31

Portland, OR

Incredible Cattail

2015?

  September

2014  

** Midwest Wild Harvest Festival

Sept 12 - 14

Prairie du Chien, WI

** Rabbitstick Primitive Skills Gathering

Sept 14 -20

Rexburg, ID

** West Virginia Wild Food Weekend

Sept 19 - 21

Cairo, WV

Acorn Pudding, & Getting Oil From Plants

Sept 27

Portland, OR

  October

2014

Neighborhood Foraging for Fruits Nuts & Vegetables

Oct 5

Portland, OR

** Falling Leaves Rendezvous

Oct 7 - 12

Lafayette, GA



Workshop Forms & Useful Information
For Workshop Details Scroll Down Past these Forms


2014 Workshop Poster

Posters are one page reminders. Post them on your fridge, post them on public notice boards, or e-mail them to friends.


2015 Rendezvous Poster

Pricing
Due to hard economic times for some, sliding scales are offered to support individual financial circumstances.  We ask participants to pay what they feel they can afford within the range offered for each workshop.  You decide what to pay using an honest assessment of your individual circumstances.  We do not ask anyone to explain their very personal decision.  The high end is a very reasonable price for these quality workshops for those who are doing well in this economy. And if every penny counts, see "Discounts" below. Groups must contact us for circumstance-specific rates. Rendezvous have their own rates.

Car Pooling and Caravanning
We encourage carpooling in some workshops that require driving. If you carpool and are not the driver, you will be asked to help pay for fuel. The amount is based on travel distance and the cost of fuel at the time. There is no requirement to car pool.

Discounts
$3 Discounts are available on our Registration Form for adult family members that attend together, Native Americans, full time college students and scout leaders. Children (17 and under) must be accompanied by their parent(s). Children under 7 are free. Children 7 and above pay their age. Classrooms and teachers with students are not eligible for these discounts and must contact us for circumstance-specific rates. Rendezvous have their own rates.

Refund & Transfer Policies
If you cannot attend a workshop you registered for, and you contact us immediately, or at the latest, the last weekday before the event, you are entitled to a refund minus the following administrative handling fees: switching to another workshop = $3; sending you a refund check = $5. If you do not show up for a workshop you registered for, you forfeit the full amount paid.

Gift Certificates
You can order $30 workshop gift certificates or personal consultation certificates from Wild Food Adventures. Workshop Certificates are good for admission to any standard workshop in 2014, allowing the giftee to choose which workshop to attend. This covers everything but car pooling. Workshops with car pooling are indicated by a "+" next to the price in the listings below. Consultation certificates range from $30 to unlimited amounts. They can entail phone, office, or on-site consultations. View the form and call us if you have any questions.
Gift Certificate Form

E-Notification List - Receive Regular Updates
E-mail us your full name, address, and phone number, with a request to be on workshop notification list. Our E-list is private - it is not given or sold to anyone. Persons within Oregon and Washington will receive about 8 E-mails/year. Beyond that about 5 E-mails/year. The typical content includes upcoming events and wild food related news. At request, you can be removed from the E-list at any time.

Yearly Workshop & Event Update Plan
Our basic course schedule is updated between November and February for each up-coming year, then updated as workshops are added, changed, or removed. Register in advance to reserve a spot and check this web page for any changes just before your event.

Registration
Form

Use this form to sign up for a workshop. Print it out, fill it out, and mail it in with your payment. Include the waiver below for the first registration you send in for 2014.


Waiver Form
Required Once / Year

Each Adult attending events is required to read, understand, sign and submit one waiver form per year.* Please include all chiildren who might attend in the year so you won't have to fill out a second form for them later.
*Anyone attending Rendezvous will have two waivers to sign.

January

Wild Foods From Dirt To Plate, Presentation
Free
Friday, January 24, 2014, 6:30pm
Saturday, January 25, 2014, 2:00pm
Sunday, January 26, 2014, 1:00pm
Location: Eugene, OR
Sponsor & Host: Good Earth Home, Garden & Living Show
Description: In this beautiful, educational and fun slide presentation, Dr. Kallas shows how to identify, harvest and prepare nutritious, delicious, and abundant edible wild plants found within walking distance of your kitchen. This presentation is a sampling of the content of John's new book: Edible Wild Plants: Wild Foods From Dirt to Plate. John will also point out book design and content features that make for effective learning in any wild food book. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer period and a book signing.
The Home & Garden Show offers over 225 exhibits and 60 seminars! Earth friendly exhibits are grouped into Pavilions of Sustainable Style: Good HOMES • Good GARDENS • Good 2 RECYCLE • Good 2 GO • ARTS District • Good FOOD • Good LIVING & WELLNESS. Free admission with canned food donations to FOOD For Lane County. For more information go
here.
What to Bring: If you think you might want to purchase a book, bring $25 cash, check, or money order. We cannot take credit cards. The rest of the show's booths probably all take credit cards.
Meeting Site: Presentation theaters within the Lane County Fairgrounds Convention Center at 13th & Jefferson, Eugene, OR. See Map
No registration required

Wild Foods of Pacific Northwest Forests, Presentation
Free
Saturday, January 25, 2014, 6:00pm
Location: Eugene, OR
Sponsor & Host: Good Earth Home, Garden & Living Show
Description: In this beautiful, educational and fun slide presentation, Dr. Kallas shows how to identify, harvest and prepare nutritious, delicious, and abundant edible wild plants found in the wilds of Northwest forests. This presentation is filled with beautiful photographs of plants, knowledge of where to find them, and tidbits on how to use them. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer period and a book signing.
The Home & Garden Show offers over 225 exhibits and 60 seminars! Earth friendly exhibits are grouped into Pavilions of Sustainable Style: Good HOMES • Good GARDENS • Good 2 RECYCLE • Good 2 GO • ARTS District • Good FOOD • Good LIVING & WELLNESS. Free admission with canned food donations to FOOD For Lane County. For more information go
here.
What to Bring: If you think you might want to purchase a book, bring $25 cash, check, or money order. We cannot take credit cards. The rest of the show's booths probably all take credit cards.
Meeting Site: Presentation theaters within the Lane County Fairgrounds Convention Center at 13th & Jefferson, Eugene, OR. See Map
No registration required


February

Winter Count Primitive Skills Conference, Maricopa, AZ $350 plus fees & materials
A 7-Day Primitive Skills Teach-In
Sunday - Saturday, February 9 - 15, 2014
Sponsor: Backtracks
Location: Mariposa, AZ
Description: Join a collection of primitive skills (Also known as stone-age skills) experts and students in a week long hands-on teach-in. Some of the skills taught typically include: fire making, cordage, stone, bone & wood tools, buckskin, tracking, trapping, local flora & fauna, wild edibles, shelter building, basket weaving, nature awareness, pottery, local Native culture, musical instruments, primitive weaponry, fiber/textile arts, herbal medicine, storytelling, flintknapping, earthen ovens, and felting. Typically there one or two teachers with some wild food and medicinal plant knowledge. Dr. Kallas has never attended this event and is NOT teaching there this year. This event is listed here to help spread the word to people who check this web site.
What is Provided: A camping space, training, hands-on experiences, field trips, and some meals.
What to Bring: Everything you would need to primitively camp for a week. Anything you would need to record your learning and experiences. Additional money to pay for instructor fees, raw materials, etc.
For more information and to register visit the Backtracks web site. 208-359-2400. Note that Backtracks and Winter Count are not affiliated with Wild Food Adventures. It is listed here to support the event and alert people to the learning opportunity.


March

Wild Foods From Dirt To Plate, Presentation
Free
Saturday, March 29, 2014, 10:30am - 12:15pm, repeats...
Sunday, March 30, 2014, 2:15pm - 4pm
Location: Portland Expo Center, Portland, OR
Sponsor & Host: Portland Better Living Whole Life, Whole Home Show
Description: In this beautiful, educational and fun slide presentation, John begins by showing you what you need to know to choose the best wild food books and field guides for easy identification, the least work, and genuine enjoyment of the foods you eventually eat. Following that, the main presentation illustrates how to identify, harvest and prepare nutritious, delicious, and abundant edible wild plants found within walking distance of your kitchen. This presentation is eye-opening, and leaves you with a new appreciation for the sources of your food and the easy availability of wild foods. We'll look at some of the nutritious wild greens and vegetables eaten by our European ancestors and available in your own back yard. These healthy wild foods are the core of the original traditional Grecian Mediterranean Diet. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer period and a book signing.
The Portland Better Living Show offers over hundreds of exhibits, booths and seminars! Earth friendly exhibits include Sustainable Style: Green homes • Green gardens • Food • Healthy living and wellness. For more information go
here.
What to Bring: If you think you might want to purchase a book, bring $25 cash, check, or money order. We can now also take credit cards.
Meeting Site: Portland Expo Center, 2060 Marine Dr W, Portland, OR 97217. See Map
No registration required


April


Introduction to Wild Foods
$20 - $50
Saturday, April 12, 2014, 9am - noon
Location: Mt Tabor, Portland, OR.
Sponsor: Wild Food Adventures
What to Bring: Hiking boots. Prepare for the weather. If it is cold, overdress so you are toasty; if it is raining, wear rain gear and a wide-brimmed water resistant hat. Wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes that can get dirty. If you are comfortable, no matter what the weather, you will have more fun.
Description: In a walk through several habitats within Mt Tabor Park, learn essentials of wild food use and study, the best books, resources, and field guides. Be a successful forager early on, sample plants, get expert advice. This core workshop provides a deeper understanding for all other workshops. Anyone genuinely serious about wild foods will benefit from this event.
Meeting Site: Meet at the southwestern entrance to Mt Tabor Park. From SE 60th Avenue go east on Lincoln St. Meet at the entrance. Here is a Map to the site.
Use the Registration Form at this site. For more information call Wild Food Adventures at (503) 775-3828: Enrollment Limited! - Advanced registration reserves you a place in the class.

Edible Wild Plants on the First Days of Spring$25 - $50 FULL
Sunday, April 13, 2014, 1-4pm
Location: Portland, OR.
Description: We'll start at Sauvie Island, then explore several areas to inspect this spring's early green delectables. See and sample from plants you pass by everyday. The earlier you start in the spring, the more foods you can harvest in the year. It also pays to see plants at different stages of growth. Many plants will have emerged, others we will identify where they are going to grow.
What to Bring: Prepare for the weather; if it is cold, overdress so you are toasty; if it is raining, wear rain gear and a wide-brimmed water resistant hat. Wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes that can get dirty. If you are comfortable, no matter what the weather, you will have more fun. You do not need a parking tag for this event.
Meeting Site: Sauvie island. Sauvie island is a 10 mile drive from downtown Portland. Go north towards St Helens on Hwy 30. Turn right onto the Sauvie Island bridge. We'll meet at the parking lot on the far side of the island store (Sam's Cracker Barrel Grocery, 15005 NW Sauvie Island Rd, Portland, OR). Note that Tri-met bus #17 does NOT go to the island on Sundays. Here is a Map to our meeting site.. We'll car pool and caravan from the grocery to one or more sites.
Use the Registration Form at this site. For more information call Wild Food Adventures at (503) 775-3828: Enrollment Limited! - Advanced registration reserves you a place in the class.

Wild Foods of Forest Park$25 - $50 FULL
Saturday, April 19, 2014, 9am - noon
Location: Forest Park, Portland, OR.
Sponsor: Wild Food Adventures
Description: Come join us learn about the edible plants found in a northwest forest. Spring is when with wildflowers are blooming and wild greens are ripe for picking. See plants like wild violet, Solomon's seal, fairly bells, licorice fern, various fiddleheads, wild ginger and more. Learn the many ways they can be used as food. Explore one of the more beautiful forests in Portland's own back yard. This workshop has about a 85% content overlap with the Oxbow workshop - Consider Oxbow if this one is full.
What to Bring: Hiking boots. Prepare for the weather.
Meeting Site: Meet at the Wildwood Trail entrance off Germantown Road. From downtown Portland take Highway 30 towards the St John's Bridge. Just after going under the bridge there will be a sign leading you to Germantown Road. Turn left there onto NW Bridge Ave. Soon on your right will be Germantown Road. At 1.2 miles up Germantown Road CONTINUE PAST a triangular parking area to your left. Then, just over 1.5 miles up Germantown Road (0.3 miles past that last triangular parking area) there will be a small parking area to your left. We will meet there at the Wildwood trail entrance. There are no buildings around of any kind, only a trail entrance. If you drive past the entrance, the intersection of Germantown Road and NW Skyline is .5 miles away - just turn around and go back. At the trail entrance is a Forest Park sign titled either "Wildwood Trail at Germantown Road" or "Forest Park - Wild in the City" that includes a large detailed map of the whole of Forest Park. Parking will be at a premium, you may have to park down the road. Don't leave valuables in your car. See Map. Zoom out to road by clicking the " - " button.
Use the Registration Form at this site. For more information call Wild Food Adventures at (503) 775-3828: Enrollment Limited! - Advanced registration reserves you a place in the class.

Rivercane Primitive Skills Rendezvous
$350 plus fees & materials
A 7-Day Primitive Skills Teach-In
Sunday - Saturday, April 20 - 27, 2014
Sponsor: Earthskills Rendezvous, Inc.
Location: Lafayette, GA
Description: Join a collection of primitive skills (Also known as stone-age skills) experts and students in a week long hands-on teach-in. Some of the skills taught typically include: fire making, cordage, stone, bone & wood tools, buckskin, tracking, trapping, local flora & fauna, wild edibles, shelter building, basket weaving, nature awareness, pottery, local Native culture, musical instruments, primitive weaponry, fiber/textile arts, herbal medicine, storytelling, flintknapping, earthen ovens, and felting. Typically there one or two teachers with some wild food and medicinal plant knowledge. Dr. Kallas teaches at this event about once every 10 years. He is NOT teaching there this year. This event is listed here to help spread the word to people who check this web site.
What is Provided: A camping space, training, hands-on experiences, field trips, and some meals.
What to Bring: Everything you would need to primitively camp for a week. Anything you would need to record your learning and experiences. Additional money to pay for instructor fees, raw materials, etc.
For more information and to register visit the Earthskills web site. 866-787-2263. Note that Earthskills is not affiliated with Wild food Adventures. It is listed here to support the event and alert people to the learning opportunity.

Neighborhood Foraging of Spring Greens & Vegetables
$25 - $50
Sunday, April 27, 2014, 1 - 4pm
Location: Portland, OR.
Sponsor: Wild Food Adventures
Description: We'll bushwhack through Portland's urban neighborhoods to find some of spring's best and diverse delectables. See and sample from plants you pass by everyday. You will later find most of this abundance in your own neighborhood.
What to Bring: Prepare for the weather, comfortable walking shoes that can get dirty.
Meeting Site: Wild Food Adventures, 4125 N Colonial Ave, Portland, OR 97217. SW of N Interstate & Skidmore. See Map
Use the Registration Form at this site. For more information call Wild Food Adventures at (503) 775-3828: Enrollment Limited! - Advanced registration reserves you a place in the class.

North Carolina Wild Food Weekend, Reidsville, NC $125 - $150
Friday-Sunday, April 27 - 29, 2014
Sponsors: The North Carolina Wild Food Weekend Association
Location: Reidsville, NC
Instructors: Each year many local wild food enthusiasts help teach and facilitate the weekend. There are usually one to three outside wild food intructors who speak or teach at the event. Dr. Kallas teaches at the weekend about once every 10 years. He is NOT attending this year. This event is listed here to help spread the word to people who check this web site. Links are provided.
Description: Join the second longest running annual wild food event in North America. Held every Spring since it's inception in 1968, this event provides education and experience finding, processing, and feasting on edible wild plants and other foragables in a beautiful park like setting in the hills of North Carolina. This event was inspired by followers of Euell Gibbon. It is open to anyone from beginning to advanced foragers. This event requires advanced registration. Costs range anywhere from $50 - $150 depending on how much you participate and if you use their lodging.
Meeting Site: Betsy-Jeff Penn 4H Educational Center, 804 Cedar Ln, Reidsville NC 27320, 336-349-9445, http://www.bjpenn4h.org. See our Map, and the Google Map.
For more information and to register go here.

Buckeye Primitive Skills Gathering - Forestville, CA
$260 - $470 plus fees & materials
A 7-Day Primitive Skills Teach-In
Sunday, April 27 - Saturday May 3, 2014
Location: Lake Concow Campground, Oroville, CA
Sponsor: Buckeye Gatherings
Description: Join a collection of primitive skills (Also known as stone-age skills) experts and students in a week long hands-on teach-in. Some of the skills taught typically include: fire making, cordage, stone, bone & wood tools, buckskin, tracking, trapping, local flora & fauna, wild edibles, shelter building, basket weaving, nature awareness, pottery, local Native culture, musical instruments, primitive weaponry, fiber/textile arts, herbal medicine, storytelling, flintknapping, earthen ovens, and felting. Typically there one or two teachers with some wild food and medicinal plant knowledge. Dr. Kallas teaches at this event about once every 3 years. He is NOT teaching there this year. This event is listed here to help spread the word to people who check this web site. Here is near the general location between Redding, California and Sacramento, California.
What is Provided: A camping space, training, hands-on experiences, field trips, and some meals.
What to Bring: Everything you would need to primitively camp for a week. Anything you would need to record your learning and experiences. Additional money to pay for instructor fees, raw materials, etc.
For more information and to register visit the Buckeye Gathering web site. 800-789-8230, califorigin@gmail.com. Note that Buckeye is not affiliated with Wild food Adventures. It is listed here to support the event and alert people to the learning opportunity.


May

Wild Foods of Jessup Bluff$25 - $50
Sunday, May 4, 2014, 1 - 4pm
Location: Jessup Bluff, Portland, OR. .
Sponsor: Wild Food Adventures
Description:Explore edible and poisonous plants in one of Portlands most diverse and unique landscapes. See and sample from plants you pass by everyday and others you'll find regularly. Most of these plants can be found in your own neighborhoods, fields, and local woodlands. Learn identification, use, and processing of fennel, chicory, black mustard, knotweed, wild sweet pea, bull thistle and many others. See poison oak and poison hemock.
What to Bring: Prepare for the weather, comfortable walking shoes that can get dirty.
Meeting Site: Entrance to Jessup Bluff, near 3105 N Willamette Blvd, Portland, OR 97217. See Map
Use the Registration Form at this site. For more information call Wild Food Adventures at (503) 775-3828: Enrollment Limited! - Advanced registration reserves you a place in the class.

Wild Foods of Oxbow's Old Growth Forest
$25 - $50 FULL
Saturday May 10, 2014, 8am - noon
Location: Oxbow Regional Park, Metro, Sandy River Gorge, OR.
Sponsor: Wild Food Adventures
Description: Come join us to learn about trees, shrubs, and herbs of North America that are found at Oxbow Regional Park, Metro, off the Sandy River Gorge. Find a diversity of edible wild plants including fiddlehead fern, elderberries, Solomon's seal, fairly bells, nettles, red huckleberries, salmonberry, and more. Explore one of the more beautiful habitats just east of Gresham. This workshop has about a 85% content overlap with the Forest Park workshop.
What to Bring: If you carpool and are not the driver, bring $3 to give to the driver to help pay for fuel and the park's entrance fee. Prepare for the weather; if it is cold, overdress so you are toasty; if it is raining, wear rain gear and a wide-brimmed water resistant hat. Wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes that can get dirty. If you are comfortable, no matter what the weather, you will have more fun. DO NOT bring pets, they are not allowed in the park.
Meeting Site: Car pool or caravan with us from the Mall's parking lot at the SW corner of SE 105th Ave and Washington St. Across from Denny's (see Map) near the mall sign with Office Max at the top. Be ready to leave this parking area by 8am with a full tank of gas. Use the Denny's restroom before we meet so you won't hold us up. This meeting site is about one block East of Mall 205 near the Plaza 205 parking entrance. We are using Denny's restrooms, but parking south of it and across the street. Do NOT park in the Denny's lot, park in the Mall lot with a prime view of Dennys.
Or... meet us just inside the entrance of Oxbow Park, Metro (See
Map). Be at the entrance by 8:20am and wait patiently. We'll swing by and pick you up and proceed to Picnic Area A. Last time we checked, the park's entrance fee is $5 per car. YOU MUST LET US KNOW if you are meeting us in SE Portland or at the Oxbow site! The Park's number is 503-663-4708.
Use the Registration Form at this site. For more information call Wild Food Adventures at (503) 775-3828: Enrollment Limited! - Advanced registration reserves you a place in the class.

Native Shores Wild Food Rendezvous - Wild Food Intensive
$350 (Discounts & More Detail)
Friday, May 8 - Monday May 11, 2015
Location: Basecamp & Lodge = Rockaway Oregon, with travel Southward along the coast.
Sponsor: Wild Food Adventures
Description: A wild food conference and teach-in using the wisdom of the ancients in the context of current realities. The focus of this event is on the roles seavegetables, shellfish, and coastal wild foods play in survival, primitive living, and simple living. Participants will learn about, use, and gain experience with a variety of wild edibles along with the techniques used to bring them to the table. Everyone attending will share their knowledge, ideas, methods, and wisdom based on their own experiences. Participants arrive and set up on Friday. The program begins Friday evening and ends on Monday noon. Oregon Field Guide, a human interest outdoor regional program covered the Native Shores Rendezvous in 2005. Episode 1703.
What is Provided: Training, hands-on experiences, field trips, projects, and wild food discussions will occur throughout the four day event. Camping space is provided. Vehicles are in a separate area from camping. Some rooms and bunkhouse accommodations are possible in the lodge. You will be responsible for some of your own meals - though much of what we eat will be wild foods gathered by you and other participants.
What to Bring: $10 for carpooling (unless you volunteer to drive), for reaching all the habitats up and down the coast. Sandwich food for lunches, snacks, fruit. Bring stories to tell and plant books you use. Base camp is only a short driving distance from town if you run short of supplies. Bring an open mind - you may have to unlearn, relearn, or adjust what you currently "know" about wild foods. Bring a cooperative and helpful attitude so we can make this a great and memorable event for everyone.
For lots more information and to register see our Native Shores page. Advanced registration has its benefits.


Pacific Coast Clam Dig
Saturday, May 31, 2014: Leave Beaverton at
7:40am, return around 3:40pm
Location: Tillamook, OR.
Sponsor: Wild Food Adventures
Description: Learn how to find, dig, transport, clean, and prepare cockle clams during one of the lowest tides this year. Learn gathering regulations and limits. Learn how Native Americans gathered these same clams. The times we meet are dictated by when the tides are low enough to for us to reach the clams.
What to Bring: If you carpool and are not the driver, bring $5 to give to the driver to help pay for fuel. Each person should bring a 2014 Oregon Shellfish Collecting License. See "All about Licenses" below. A 5 gallon collecting pail, old wettable tennis shoes, very warm layered wool clothing (you may get wet), a towel, a change of cloths, a backpack to carry all your stuff, water, a sac lunch, and plenty to snack on. If you have one, bring a cultivator rake (See below). If you don't have a cultivator rake, you can bring a regular hard steel garden rake (See below). Do not buy an expensive "clamming rake" as they are innapropriate here. Rake tines can be dangerous to carry around groups, so please pack and handle them with care! Prepare for variable coastal weather! While we hope to go through water at only foot level, depending on Mother Nature, you may have to wade through thigh high water, slog through muck up to your knees, and climb over large boulders. It is all in a day's adventure!
Meeting Sites:
-- Option 1: At
7:40am, we'll car pool & caravan from the Beaverton Arco AM/PM Gas Station. We'll meet in the Arco parking lot at the intersection of Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy (Hwy 10) and SW 110th Ave, one block East of I - 217, adjacent to the Home Depot. (See Map) Be ready to leave by 7:40am. Your car should have a full tank of gas and you should have gone to the restroom (force yourself - it's the last one you will see for over an hour).
-- Option 2: Meet us in Tillamook at the NW corner of the Safeway Parking lot adjacent to Stillwell Ave and 3rd street: Be there by
8:55am and wait patiently. (See Map). The Safeway typically opens by 5am, so go into their bathroom and empty your bladder prior to our arrival (force yourself - it's the last chance you will have for almost 3 hours). Wait patiently in the parking lot in case we get delayed, get to know the other participants, read a book, change into your beach cloths. We'll swing by soon to pick you up and proceed on to the workshop site. You must be there when we arrive or you will miss us.
YOU MUST LET US KNOW where you will be meeting us (Beaverton or Tillamook) and a cel phone number if you have one (in case of an emergency)! Low tide is estimated to be around
9:27am.
Use the Registration Form at this site. For more information call Wild Food Adventures at (503) 775-3828: Enrollment Limited! - Advanced registration reserves you a place in the class.

June

Sea Vegetables, Mussels and Other Seashore Edibles of the Pacific Coast $30 - $50
Sunday, June 1, 2014: Leave Beaverton at 7:45am, return around 2pm
Location: Hug Point (S of Cannon Beach, N of Nehalem, OR.)
Sponsor: Wild Food Adventures
Description: Dr Kallas will lead an expedition to the Pacific coast where participants will learn about, identify, and gather samples of wild sea vegetables and seashore edibles during low tide. Find sea vegetables including nori, kombu, sea lettuce, fucus, alaria, laminaria, stir fry seaweed and more. We'll also find, discuss and gather mussels, barnacles, and other coastal edibles. This event requires climbing up and down some large and potentially slippery rocks to get to the beach, so mobility is an issue.
What to Bring: If you carpool and are not the driver, bring $6 to give to the driver to help pay for fuel. A 2014 Oregon Shellfish license, "only if you plan to collect mussels". Warm layers of clothing, a sack lunch, beverage, a collecting bucket (plastic 5 gallon buckets are preferred if you are collecting mussels) a white plastic bag that you can hang from your belt (for the seavegetables), scissors & wet-tolerant footwear (the best footwear for this terraine are old high topped tennis shoes with good grip in the tread that you don't mind getting wet). It's not a bad idea to bring a small backpack and a waist pack to carry layers, raingear and snacks so that your hands are free while walking through the potentially slippery inter tidal zone. Whatever you wear, it must protect your knees, shins, and hands. No sandals, flip-flops, or soft-soled water socks unless you love bleeding feet, ankles, and shins! Prepare for variable coastal weather!
Meeting Site:
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Option 1: Carpool or follow us from Beaverton. At 7:45am meet at the Beaverton Arco AM/PM Gas Station parking lot at the intersection of Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy (Hwy 10) and SW 110th Ave, one block East of I - 217. (See Map) Be ready to leave by 7:45am. Your car should have a full tank of gas and you should have gone to the restroom (force yourself - it's the last one you will see for over 1.5 hours).
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Option 2: Meet us in Garabaldi at the Shell Station. Be there by 9:15am and wait patiently. (See Map). Park so that you do not block normal station commerce. Use the restrooms and be ready to travel to our first destination. Wait there patiently in case we get delayed, get to know the other participants, read a book, change into your workshop cloths. We'll swing by soon to begin the workshop. Be on time, but if you arrive late, look for us about 1/3 mile north on Hwy 101 downhill from the RR tracks at the Three Graces (See Map).
This workshop involves two locations coastal, after Three Graces, we will travel north towards Seaside for the second leg of the trip. This workshop will end at Hug Point State Park "roughly" at
12:15am (See Map). YOU MUST LET US KNOW where you will be meeting us (Beaverton or at Hug Point) and a cel phone number if you have one (in case of an emergency)! Low tide is estimated to be around 11am.
Use the Registration Form at this site. For more information call Wild Food Adventures at (503) 775-3828: Enrollment Limited! - Advanced registration reserves you a place in the class.

Butter, Steamer, and Gaper Clam Dig$30 - $50
Saturday, June 14, 2014: Leave Beaverton at
6:40am, return around 2:40pm.
Location: Tillamook, OR.
Sponsor: Wild Food Adventures
Description: Learn how to find, dig, transport, clean, and prepare butter, steamer, and gaper clams during one of the lowest tides in 2014. Learn gathering regulations and limits. Learn how Native Americans gathered these same clams. The times we meet are dictated by when the tides are low enough to for us to reach the clams.
What to Bring: If you carpool and are not the driver, bring $5 to give to the driver to help pay for fuel. Each person should bring a 2014 Oregon Shellfish Collecting License. See "All about Licenses" below. A collecting 5 gallon collecting pail, old wettable tennis shoes, very warm layered wool clothing (you may get wet, you will get dirty), a towel, a change of cloths, a backpack to carry all your stuff, water, a sac lunch, and plenty to snack on. Bring a garden spade shovel, or a clam gun. If you have neither of those, bring a regular shovel (see below). Bring whatever is handy. Do not go out and buy a special clamming shovel, while you could use one to dig for these clams, the square and flat-bladed spade shovel I'm recommending or the clam gun are the most efficient, for what we are doing . Borrow from a friend if you can. If you have a clam gun, bring that, it is a good tool for what we are doing. A regular garden shovel is the third best option and works better than a narrow clamming shovel. But like any large bladed shovel it is overkill, inefficient, and heavy to lug around if you have other options. Do not buy a special clamming shovel just for this event, particularly since they are meant for a different kind of clam then we are going for. All shovel blades can be dangerous to carry around groups, so please pack and handle them with care! Prepare for variable coastal weather! While we hope to go through water at only foot level, depending on Mother Nature, you may have to wade through waist high water, slog through muck up to your knees, and climb over large boulders. It is all in a day's adventure!
Meeting Sites:
-- Option 1: At
6:40am, we'll car pool & caravan from the Beaverton Arco AM/PM Gas Station. We'll meet in the Arco parking lot at the intersection of Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy (Hwy 10) and SW 110th Ave, one block East of I - 217, adjacent to the new Home Depot. (See Map) Be ready to leave by 6:40am. Your car should have a full tank of gas and you should have gone to the restroom (force yourself - it's the last one you will see for over an hour).
-- Option 2: Meet us in Tillamook in the NW corner of the Safeway Parking lot adjacent to Stillwell Ave and 3rd street: Be there by
7:55am and wait patiently. (See Map). The Safeway typically opens by 5am, so go into their bathroom and empty your bladder prior to our arrival (force yourself - it's the last chance you will have for almost 3 hours). Wait patiently in the parking lot in case we get delayed, get to know the other participants, read a book, change into your beach cloths. We'll swing by soon to pick you up and proceed on to the workshop site. You must be there when we arrive or you will miss us.
YOU MUST LET US KNOW where you will be meeting us (Beaverton or Tillamook) and a cel phone number if you have one (in case of an emergency)! Low tide is estimated to be around
8:34am.
Use the Registration Form at this site. For more information call Wild Food Adventures at (503) 775-3828: Enrollment Limited! - Advanced registration reserves you a place in the class.


Sea Vegetables, Mussels and Other Seashore Edibles of the Pacific Coast $30 - $50
Sunday, June 15, 2014: Leave Beaverton at
7am, return around 1:15pm
Location: Hug Point (S of Cannon Beach, N of Nehalem, OR.)
Sponsor: Wild Food Adventures
Description: Dr Kallas will lead an expedition to the Pacific coast where participants will learn about, identify, and gather samples of wild sea vegetables and seashore edibles during low tide. Find sea vegetables including nori, kombu, sea lettuce, fucus, alaria, laminaria, stir fry seaweed and more. We'll also find, discuss and gather mussels, barnacles, and other coastal edibles. This event requires climbing up and down some large and potentially slippery rocks to get to the beach, so mobility is an issue.
What to Bring: If you carpool and are not the driver, bring $6 to give to the driver to help pay for fuel. A 2014 Oregon Shellfish license, "only if you plan to collect mussels". Warm layers of clothing, a sack lunch, beverage, a collecting bucket (plastic 5 gallon buckets are preferred if you are collecting mussels) a white plastic bag that you can hang from your belt (for the seavegetables), scissors & wet-tolerant footwear (the best footwear for this terraine are old high topped tennis shoes with good grip in the tread that you don't mind getting wet). It's not a bad idea to bring a small backpack and a waist pack to carry layers, raingear and snacks so that your hands are free while walking through the potentially slippery inter tidal zone. Whatever you wear, it must protect your knees, shins, and hands. No sandals, flip-flops, or soft-soled water socks unless you love bleeding feet, ankles, and shins! Prepare for variable coastal weather!
Meeting Site:
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Option 1: Carpool or follow us from Beaverton. At 7am meet at the Beaverton Arco AM/PM Gas Station parking lot at the intersection of Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy (Hwy 10) and SW 110th Ave, one block East of I - 217. (See Map) Be ready to leave by 7am. Your car should have a full tank of gas and you should have gone to the restroom (force yourself - it's the last one you will see for over 1.5 hours).
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Option 2: Meet us in Garabaldi at the Shell Station. Be there by 8:30am and wait patiently. (See Map). Park with consideration so that you do not block normal station commerce. Use the restrooms and be ready to travel to our first destination. Wait there patiently in case we get delayed, get to know the other participants, read a book, change into your workshop clothes. We'll swing by soon to begin the workshop. Be on time, but if you arrive late, look for us about 1.3 miles north on Hwy 101 downhill from the RR tracks at the Three Graces (See Map).
This workshop involves two locations coastal, after Three Graces, we will travel north towards Seaside for the second leg of the trip. This workshop will end at Hug Point State Park "roughly" at
11:45am (See Map). YOU MUST LET US KNOW where you will be meeting us (Beaverton or Garabaldi) and a cel phone number if you have one (in case of an emergency)! Low tide is estimated to be around 10:15am.
Use the Registration Form at this site. For more information call Wild Food Adventures at (503) 775-3828: Enrollment Limited! - Advanced registration reserves you a place in the class.


Wild Food Summit- A 4-Day Wild Food Intensive
$100?
Thursday, June 19 - Sunday June 22, 2014
Location: White Earth, MN
Sponsor: White Earth Tribal & Community College
Instructors: Each year wild and traditional food enthusiasts gather to teach and facilitate this four day event. Dr. Kallas teaches at this event about once every 5 years. He is NOT attending this year. This event is listed here to help spread the word to people who check this web site.
Description: Learn about, gather and help prepare wild foods in an outdoor encampment with access to many diverse habitats. Foods and meals are prepared over propane burners, open fires, and in cooking pits done in the traditional ways. Eat a mix of wild and conventional foods in meals managed by the staff.
What is Provided: Training, hands-on experiences, field trips, meals, and camping space. The location offers primitive camping. Please bring your own drinking water; they have tent sites and port-a-potties. RVs are welcome, but there is NO electricity or running water. Everyone polices their own areas and clean up after this shared events.
Meeting Site: Rediscovery Center, White Earth Lake, White Earth, MN
For more information go to our Wild Food Summit page.

GingerRoot Wild Food Rendezvous - Wild Food Intensive
$350 (Discounts & More Detail)
Friday, June 19 - Monday June 22, 2015
Location: Silverton, OR
Sponsor: Wild Food Adventures
Description: A wild food teach-in using the wisdom of the ancients in the context of current realities. The focus of this event is on the roles wild foods play in self-reliance, simple living, primitive living, and survival. Participants will learn about, use, and gain experience with a variety of wild edibles along with the techniques used to bring them to the table. At this event, everyone will identify, gather, prepare and eat a wide variety of edible wild plants. Everyone attending will share their knowledge, ideas, methods, and wisdom based on their own experiences. The program begins Friday evening and ends on Monday noon. For a brief video of the GingerRoot, go here.
What is Provided: Training, hands-on experiences, field trips, projects, and food preparation will occur throughout the four day event. Camping space is provided. We will gather wild foods to supply our main meals. You will be responsible for sack lunches. Wherever practical, sustainable, and legal, we will snack on, or add wild foods to our meals.
What to Bring: Once the Rendezvous begins, we will car pool to gathering sites, so bring $10 to give to the driver to help pay for fuel. If you are the driver, people will give that money to you. Food for lunches and snacks. Hiking boots, swamp shoes, long pans, long sleved shirts, and cloths you can get dirty in. Prepare for the anticipated weather conditions. Bring wild foods you've made, stories to tell and plant books to show us. We will be a 10 minute drive from the city of Silverton if you run short of supplies. Bring an open mind - you may have to unlearn, relearn, or adjust what you currently "know" about wild foods. Bring a cooperative and helpful attitude so we can make this a great and memorable event for everyone.
For lots more information and to register see our GingerRoot page. Advanced registration has its benefits.


July

Pacific Coast Clam Dig $30 - $50
Saturday, July 12, 2014: Leave Beaverton at
5:40am, return around 1:40pm
Location: Tillamook, OR
Sponsor: Wild Food Adventures
Description: Learn how to find, dig, transport, clean, and prepare cockle clams during one of the lowest tides of the year. Learn gathering regulations and limits. Learn how Native Americans gathered these same clams. The times we meet are dictated by when the tides are low enough to for us to reach the clams. This is the last clamming event we offer for the season.
What to Bring: If you carpool and are not the driver, bring $5 to give to the driver to help pay for fuel. Each person should bring a 2014 Oregon Shellfish Collecting License. See "All about Licenses" below. A 5 gallon collecting pail, old wettable tennis shoes, very warm layered wool clothing (you may get wet), a towel, a change of cloths, a backpack to carry all your stuff, water, a sac lunch, and plenty to snack on. If you have one, bring a cultivator rake (See below). If you don't have a cultivator rake, you can bring a regular hard steel garden rake (See below). Do not buy an expensive "clamming rake" as they are innapropriate here. Rake tines can be dangerous to carry around groups, so please pack and handle them with care! Prepare for variable coastal weather! While we hope to go through water at only foot level, depending on Mother Nature, you may have to wade through thigh high water, slog through muck up to your knees, and climb over large boulders. It is all in a day's adventure!
Meeting Sites:
-- Option 1: At
5:40am, we'll car pool & caravan from the Beaverton Arco AM/PM Gas Station. We'll meet in the Arco parking lot at the intersection of Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy (Hwy 10) and SW 110th Ave, one block East of I - 217, adjacent to the new Home Depot. (See Map) Be ready to leave by 5:40am. Your car should have a full tank of gas and you should have gone to the restroom (force yourself - it's the last one you will see for over an hour).
-- Option 2: Meet us in Tillamook at the NW corner of the Safeway Parking lot adjacent to Stillwell Ave and 3rd street: Be there by
6:55am and wait patiently. (See Map). The Safeway typically opens by 5am, so go into their bathroom and empty your bladder prior to our arrival (force yourself - it's the last chance you will have for almost 3 hours). Wait patiently in the parking lot in case we get delayed, get to know the other participants, read a book, change into your beach cloths. We'll swing by soon to pick you up and proceed on to the workshop site. You must be there when we arrive or you will miss us.
YOU MUST LET US KNOW where you will be meeting us (Beaverton or Tillamook) and a cel phone number if you have one (in case of an emergency)! Low tide is estimated to be around
7:30am.
Use the Registration Form at this site. For more information call Wild Food Adventures at (503) 775-3828: Enrollment Limited! - Advanced registration reserves you a place in the class.


Sea Vegetables, Mussels and Other Seashore Edibles of the Pacific Coast $30 - $50
Sunday, July 13, 2014: Leave Beaverton at
5:40am, return around noon FULL
Locations: Garabaldi, then Hug Point
Sponsor: Wild Food Adventures
Description: Dr Kallas will lead an expedition to the Pacific coast where participants will learn about, identify, and gather samples of wild sea vegetables and seashore edibles during low tide. Find sea vegetables including nori, kombu, sea lettuce, fucus, alaria, laminaria, stir fry seaweed and more. We'll also find, discuss and gather mussels, barnacles, and other coastal edibles. This event requires climbing up and down some large and potentially slippery rocks to get to the beach, so mobility is an issue.
What to Bring: If you carpool and are not the driver, bring $6 to give to the driver to help pay for fuel. A 2014 Oregon Shellfish license, "only if you plan to collect mussels". Warm layers of clothing, a sack lunch, beverage, a collecting bucket (plastic 5 gallon buckets are preferred if you are collecting mussels) a white plastic bag that you can hang from your belt (for the seavegetables), scissors & wet-tolerant footwear (the best footwear for this terraine are old high topped tennis shoes with good grip in the tread that you don't mind getting wet). It's not a bad idea to bring a small backpack and a waist pack to carry layers, raingear and snacks so that your hands are free while walking through the potentially slippery inter tidal zone. Whatever you wear, it must protect your knees, shins, and hands. No sandals, flip-flops, or soft-soled water socks unless you love bleeding feet, ankles, and shins! Prepare for variable coastal weather!
Meeting Sites:
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Option 1: Carpool or follow us from Beaverton. At 5:40am meet at the Beaverton Arco AM/PM Gas Station parking lot at the intersection of Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy (Hwy 10) and SW 110th Ave, one block East of I - 217. (See Map) Be ready to leave by 5:40am. Your car should have a full tank of gas and you should have gone to the restroom (force yourself - it's the last one you will see for over 1.5 hours).
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Option 2: Meet us in Garabaldi at the Shell Station. Be there by 7:10am and wait patiently. (See Map). Park with consideration so that you do not block normal station commerce. Use the restrooms prior to 7:10 and be ready to travel to our first destination. Wait there patiently in case we get delayed, get to know the other participants, read a book, change into your workshop clothes. We'll swing by soon to begin the workshop. Be on time, but if you arrive late, look for us about 1.3 miles north on Hwy 101 downhill from the RR tracks at the Three Graces (See Map).
This workshop involves two coastal locations, after Three Graces, we will travel north towards Seaside for the second leg of the trip and end at Hug Point State Park at "roughly"
noon (See Map). YOU MUST LET US KNOW where you will be meeting us (Beaverton or Garabaldi) and a cel phone number if you have one (in case of an emergency)! Low tide is estimated to be around 10:15am.
Use the Registration Form at this site. For more information call Wild Food Adventures at (503) 775-3828: Enrollment Limited! - Advanced registration reserves you a place in the class.

Wild Fruits of Northwest Forests
$25 - $50
Saturday, July 19, 2014, 9am - noon
Location: Forest Park, Portland, OR.
Sponsor: Wild Food Adventures
Description: Come join us learn about wild fruits and other edible plant parts found in northwest forests. Summer is when many wild fruits are ripe for picking. See and learn about plants like huckleberry, salmonberry, oregon grape, bunchberry, elderberry, gooseberry, wild current, hawthorne, salal, thimbleberry, fairybells, saskatoons, Indian plum, among others, as well as some poisonous berry producing plants. Explore one of the more beautiful forests in Portland's own back yard.
What to Bring: Hiking boots. Prepare for the weather.
Meeting Site: In front of the Hoyt Arboretum visitors center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd, Portland, OR 97221. See Map. Directions from I-26: Take the Zoo exit passing around all parking areas, follow the winding road up the hill. Turn right on Fairview, the Visitors center is on the right. We'll meet outside the entrance. Parking may be tight so get there early.
Use the Registration Form at this site. For more information call Wild Food Adventures at (503) 775-3828: Enrollment Limited! - Advanced registration reserves you a place in the class.

Wild Foods from Dirt to Plate$25 - $50 FULL
Sunday, July 20, 2014, 1 - 5pm
Sponsor: Wild Food Adventures
Location: An organic farm on Sauvie Island, OR
Description: Formerly called "Wild Gourmet Garden Vegetables". This workshop covers many of the plants seen in the book: Edible Wild Plants: Wild Foods From Dirt to Plate, by John Kallas. Visit an organic farm and make a delectable wild gourmet salad on the spot with other participants. We'll harvest traditional European edibles (growing as weeds) that the farmers would be pulling. Learn how to identify common, plentiful, nutritious, and flavorful wild vegetables in this adventure. Get real hands-on experience with plants you'll see on a farm and in your own garden. Take advantage of these readily available sources of nutrients, and dietary variety. Traditional wild Eruopean edibles (gourmet greens and vegetables) plant themselves, enjoy the rich moist growing environment of the garden, and provide many seasons of foods that can add meal options you never dreamed of before. Once your learn these wild foods you can change from a "weeding" to a "harvesting" mentality in your own garden, yard, and neighborhood. Watch a news short on "Edible Weeds by Garden Time TV series here.
What to Bring: Bring footwear and clothing appropriate for harvesting on a farm and prepare for the weather - we'll be outdoors the whole time. Bring a salad bowl, a fork, sharp scissors, white plastic bags (not clear or tan), and a spray mister (like you would spray house plants with to keep them moist). Salad dressing if you have special food requirements.
Meeting Site & Parking: Sauvie island. Sauvie island is a 10 mile drive from downtown Portland. Go north towards St Helens on Hwy 30. Turn right onto the Sauvie Island bridge. We'll meet at the parking lot on the far side of the island store (Sam's Cracker Barrel Grocery, 15005 NW Sauvie Island Rd, Portland, OR). We'll car pool and caravan from there to an organic farm. Ordinarily Tri-met bus #17 will take you to the bus stop (#8437 - Gilihan Rd & Sauvie Island Dr) which is about 60 yards from the store. But there is no bus on Sundays. Here is a Map to the site.
Use the Registration Form at this site. For more information call Wild Food Adventures at (503) 775-3828: Enrollment Limited! - Advanced registration reserves you a place in the class.


August

Wild Foods of Native Americans

Sunday, August 3, 2014, 1 - 4pm
Location: Portland, OR.
Description: Explore traditional foodways of Native North Americans. Discover foods that were used and how they were prepared and stored. Food caches, berry collecting techniques, pemmican, fruit leathers. The workshop is about how Native North Americans made a living off of the abundance of food they found in nature. How was it possible, what they did and how they managed their foods to support a complete diet for many people all year long. This core workshop helps provide a deeper understanding of the real potential of today's use of wild foods. Anyone genuinely serious about wild foods will benefit from this seminar. Lecture/slides/resources.
Meeting Site: 2020 NW Northrup St, Portland OR 97209. (See Map) The presentation room is on the ground floor of the Marshall Union Manor building, a retirement complex.
Parking: Please be respectful of the location and its residents: DO NOT park in the residents parking lot.  Park in the surrounding streets.
Use the Registration Form at this site. For more information call Wild Food Adventures at (503) 775-3828: Enrollment Limited! - Advanced registration reserves you a place in the class.

Wapato Island Wild Food Expedition$25 - $50
Saturday, August 16, 2014, 8 - 11:30am
Location: Sauvie Island forests and wetlands - north of Portland. Sauvie Island is at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. While the island is part of Oregon, it is also boardered by Washington State.
Sponsor: Wild Food Adventures
Description: We'll investigate wild foods from marshes, fields, and woods -- including wapato or Indian potato, elderberry, wild cherry, and many other plants. This island was originally called Wapato Island by the Lewis and Clark expedition for its abundance of the plant. Wild blackberries should be ripe for picking while we are there, so bring some gathering containers if you wish to pick them after the workshop.
What to Bring: Hiking boots, a container if you want to collect blackberries after the workshop, and a Sauvie Island F&W parking permit if you have one. Prepare for the weather, typically hot & sunny this time of year. We will be bushwhacking through various terrain sometimes with brambles and sharp grasses that can cut your legs so wear long pants. Blue jeans work well to protect you. Bring a water bottle to keep you hydrated.
Meeting Site: Sauvie Island is a 10 mile drive from downtown Portland. Go north towards St Helens on US Route 30. Turn right onto the Sauvie Island bridge. We'll meet on the far side of Sam's Cracker Barrel Grocery store visible from the bridge. Tri-met bus #17 will take you to the bus stop (#8437 - Gilihan Rd & Sauvie Island Dr) then walk north to the grocery. We'll car pool and caravan to various sites from the grocery parking area. Here is a Map to the site.
Use the Registration Form at this site. For more information call Wild Food Adventures at (503) 775-3828: Enrollment Limited! - Advanced registration reserves you a place in the class.

Wild Foods in Wilderness Survival $22 - $50
Sunday, August 31, 2014, 1 - 4pm.
Location: Portland, OR.
Sponsor: Wild Food Adventures
Description: Learn how to determine if and when wild foods are desirable to use, which plants to seek, what are your priorities in both recreational and unplanned survival situations. See major poisonous plants. This core workshop provides information you can use in anything from normal camping and hiking to real survival situations and provides a deeper understanding of the real potential of today's use of wild foods. Anyone genuinely serious about wild foods will benefit from this seminar. Lecture/slides/resources.
Meeting Site: 2020 NW Northrup St, Portland OR 97209. (See Map) The presentation room is on the ground floor of the Marshall Union Manor building, a retirement complex.
Parking: Please be respectful of the location: DO NOT park in the residents parking lot. Park in the surrounding streets.
Use the Registration Form at this site. For more information call Wild Food Adventures at (503) 775-3828: Enrollment Limited! - Advanced registration reserves you a place in the class.

The Incredible Cattail - From Survival to Pancakes------
Not Offered in 2014, possibly 2015
If you have an abundant cattail patch (hundreds of plants) within a 20 minute drive of Portland, contact us.

Sponsor: Wild Food Adventures
Location: Portland, OR
Description: Get hands-on experience on how cattail rhizomes and other underground parts can be processed into flour for breads, ash cakes, muffins, and pancakes. We'll see how to identify, gather, peel, process and cook cattail cores so that they transform into a flour-like food source. By the end of the workshop we'll have gone from swamp roots to delicate pancakes that any normal human would enjoy. See Portland Tribune article here.
What to Bring: If you carpool and are not the driver, bring $2 to give to the driver to help pay for fuel. We will be venturing into a swamp, bring cloths you can get dirty in from head to toe (our location and weather conditions will determine wheather we are in a dried mud bed or in an open shallow pond to our knees and how warm your cloths should be), a change of cloths (that can still get dirty but will be dry), a big beach towel, and a plastic bag to transport the wet cloths in. Old tennis shoes and old pants work fine, but if you are allergic to mud or just rich soil, bring boots. Waiders are overkill unless the area is flooded, which has not happened yet at this time of year. A holstered field knife and a large set of holstered scissors would be very helpful. Bring a sac lunch and beverage. And if you have them, a cutting board and kitchen knife (with a straight dull side opposite the blade) or better, a butter knife (with a straight dull side opposite the blade). Curved will not work, the dull edge opposite the blade must be straight no matter what kind of knife you bring.
Meeting Site: Wild Food Adventures, 4125 N Colonial Ave, Portland, OR 97217. SW of N Interstate & Skidmore. See Map. We'll car pool to the swamp from this location and end up back at Wild Food Adventures to clean, process, and cook up the cattail pancakes. If you live close to Scappoose, meet us in Scappoose in front of the Dairy Queen parking lot (see Map). Be there by 9:25am and wait patiently until we drive by to pick you up. YOU MUST LET US KNOW where you will be meeting us (Portland or Scappoose) and a cel phone number if you have one (in case of an emergency)! If no one calls us, we will not be stopping at the Dairy Queen.
Use the Registration Form at this site. For more information call Wild Food Adventures at (503) 775-3828: Enrollment Limited! - Advanced registration reserves you a place in the class.


September

Midwest Wild Harvest Festival - A 3-Day Wild Food Weekend
$100?
Friday, Sept 12 - 14, 2014
Location: Prairie du Chien, WI
Sponsor: Midwest Wild Harvest Festival
Instructors: Each year wild food educators and enthusiasts gather to teach and facilitate this three day event. This event is listed here to help spread the word to people who check this web site, Dr. Kallas has never been to this event.
Description: Learn about, gather and help prepare wild foods with access to many diverse habitats, and a kitchen. Eat a mix of wild and conventional foods in meals.
What is Provided: Training, hands-on experiences, field trips, meals, and camping or dormatory space.
Meeting Site: Wisconsin Badger Camp, Prairie du Chien, WI
For more information go to our Midwest Wild Harvest Festival page.

Rabbitstick Primitive Skills Conference, Rexberg, ID $350 plus fees & materials
A 7-Day Primitive Skills Teach-In
Sunday - Saturday, September 14 - 20, 2014
Sponsor: Backtracks
Location: Rexburg, ID
Description: Join a collection of primitive skills (Also known as stone-age skills) experts and students in a week long hands-on teach-in. Some of the skills taught typically include: fire making, cordage, stone, bone & wood tools, buckskin, tracking, trapping, local flora & fauna, wild edibles, shelter building, basket weaving, nature awareness, pottery, local Native culture, musical instruments, primitive weaponry, fiber/textile arts, herbal medicine, storytelling, flintknapping, earthen ovens, and felting. Typically there one or two teachers with some wild food and medicinal plant knowledge. Dr. Kallas at Rabbitstick about once every 5 years. He will NOT be there this year. This event is listed here to help spread the word to people who check this web site.
What is Provided: A camping space, training, hands-on experiences, field trips, and most meals.
What to Bring: Everything you would need to primitively camp for a week. Anything you would need to record your learning and experiences. Additional money to pay for instructor fees, raw materials, etc.
For more information and to register visit the Backtracks web site. 208-359-2400. Note that Wild Food Adventures is not affiliated with Backtracks and Rabbitstick. This event is sumarized here to support Rabbitstick and alert people to the learning opportunity. Check the official web site for current pricing.

Nature Wonder Wild Food Weekend, Cairo, WV $100-290
Friday-Sunday, September 19-21, 2014
Sponsors: The National Wild Food Association & the WV Dept of Natural Resources
Location: Cairo, WV
Instructors: Each year park rangers and local wild food enthusiasts help teach and facilitate the weekend. There are usually one to three outside wild food intructors who speak or teach at the event. Dr. Kallas teaches at this event about once every 5 years. He is NOT attending this year. This event is listed here to help spread the word to people who check this web site. Links are provided.
Description: Join the longest running annual wild food event in North America. Held every Fall since it's inception in 1968, this event provides education and experience finding, processing, and feasting on edible wild plants and other foragables in a beautiful park setting in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Founded by Edelene Wood, the long running president of the National Wild Foods Association, this event was inspired by followers of Euell Gibbons. Nature Wonder Weekend is open to anyone from beginning to advanced foragers. This event requires advanced registration. Costs range anywhere from $100-290 for the whole weekend depending on lodging.
Meeting Site: North Bend State Park, 202 North Bend Park Rd, Cairo, WV 26337.
For more information and to register go here.

Acorn Pudding & Extracting Volatile Oils$25 - $50
Saturday, September 27, 2014, 8am - noon.
Sponsor: Wild Food Adventures
Location: Portland, OR
Description: Get hands-on experience on how some wild plants are processed for grain, flour, and essential oils. We'll see how to shell, grind, process and leach acorns so that they transform into wonderful additions to breads, muffins, pancakes, and pudding. By the end of the workshop we'll have gone from bitter acorns in the shell to a sweet acorn pudding that any normal human would enjoy. Also learn how to make a distillation setup from simple kitchen ware. We'll make a distillate from mint that you could use to flavor teas, use in cooking or aroma therapy.
What to Bring: Cloths you can get dirty in. A hammer, a butter knife, and a brick if you have one. Latex gloves if you have delicate hands to protect you against the tannins. And if you have access to them, your own fresh acorns (large only), and mint or lemon balm cuttings for the distillation process.
Meeting Site: Wild Food Adventures, 4125 N Colonial Ave, Portland, OR 97217. SW of N Interstate & Skidmore. See Map
Use the Registration Form at this site. For more information call Wild Food Adventures at (503) 775-3828: Enrollment Limited! - Advanced registration reserves you a place in the class.


October

Neighborhood Foraging - Fall Harvest of Fruits, Nuts, & Vegetables $25 - $50
Sunday, October 5, 2014, 1 - 4pm
Location: Portland, OR.
Description: We'll bushwhack through Portland's urban neighborhoods to find some of Fall's best and diverse delectables - nuts, fruits, and greens. Wild as well as landscaped edibles will be covered. Some eating may occur. You will later find most of this abundance in your own neighborhood.
What to Bring: Prepare for the weather, comfortable walking shoes that can get dirty.
Meeting Site: Wild Food Adventures, 4125 N Colonial Ave, Portland, OR 97217. SW of N Interstate & Skidmore. See Map
Use the Registration Form at this site. For more information call Wild Food Adventures at (503) 775-3828: Enrollment Limited! - Advanced registration reserves you a place in the class.

Falling Leaves Primitive Skills Rendezvous
$275? plus fees & materials
A 5-Day Primitive Skills Teach-In
Tuesday - Sunday, October 7 - 12, 2014
Sponsor: Earthskills Rendezvous, Inc.
Location: Lafayette, GA
Description: Join a collection of primitive skills (Also known as stone-age skills) experts and students in a week long hands-on teach-in. Some of the skills taught typically include: fire making, cordage, stone, bone & wood tools, buckskin, tracking, trapping, local flora & fauna, wild edibles, shelter building, basket weaving, nature awareness, pottery, local Native culture, musical instruments, primitive weaponry, fiber/textile arts, herbal medicine, storytelling, flintknapping, earthen ovens, and felting. Typically there one or two teachers with some wild food and medicinal plant knowledge. Dr. Kallas has not yet taught at this event and is NOT teaching there this year. This event is listed here to help spread the word to people who check this web site.
What is Provided: A camping space, training, hands-on experiences, field trips, and some meals.
What to Bring: Everything you would need to primitively camp for a week. Anything you would need to record your learning and experiences. Additional money to pay for instructor fees, raw materials, etc.
For more information and to register visit the Earthskills web site. 866-787-2263. Note that Wild Food Adventures is not affiliated with Earthskills. It is listed here to support the event and alert people to the learning opportunity.





To Register for Workshops and Events...
At each listing will be contact information for whoever is sponsoring that event. Contact the sponsor of the event to register or just to get more information.

If the event is sponsored by Wild Food Adventures, Use this registration form. We do not take credit cards. You cannot register over the internet or through e-mail - though we may do PayPal in the near future. You must register by Postal (snail mail) and pay by check or money order. Register early to guarantee a spot, walk-ons may be turned away if our size limit is reached.

Notes About the Workshops Above
The information here may change and additions may be made without notice. Since this is a static document, check the web site for late changes. Carpooling is not part of any workshop, it is only to encourage participants to save money, fuel, and to make friends. Participants always have the option of meeting us at the site. If you are the driver in carpooling, your riders voluntarily contribute to your expenses. Events are held in most kinds of weather, so prepare for wind & rain. If dangerous weather conditions exist, a workshop may be cancelled, but that has not happened in 20 years.

Recreational Shellfish Licenses
Recreational Shellfish Licenses are now required for anyone over 13 years of age to collect shellfish in Oregon. In-state licenses are $7/year, Out of state licenses are $11.50 for 3 days or $20.50/year. 3-Day licenses must specify the days you intend to do the collecting. You must carry the License with you during the workshop or you will only be allowed to watch. If shellfish are found in your possession on the beach and you do not have a license, the fine is $75 and up. Licenses can be purchased "
PRIOR" to our events at any Oregon Fred Meyer, Bi-Mart, and other sporting goods stores. If you have any questions call the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife at 800-720-6339 or 503-947-6000. There is an informational page at here. Licenses can be ordered by mail but the process takes about a month. DO NOT wait until the last minute!
Note that a license does not allow us the ability to collect shellfish if there is a marine toxin advisory from the Department of Fish & Wildlife, The Department of Health, or the USDA.




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