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PRIVATE CLASSES and GIFTS CARDS Available

I offer private classes on foraging, fermentation, canning, making wild beers and sodas, hot sauces, making vinegar,

seasonal non-alcoholic beverages (infusions, shrubs, etc...), wild spice blends, pickling and more...

Private group discounts available.

Check the PRIVATE CLASSES page for pricing and contact me if you're interested.

April 2017

 

Saturday April 15 - Nature Walk (NEW LOCATION)

Nature Walk - Plant identification (Edible and Medicinal Plants)

 

Let's explore this new location, I was there a couple of days ago and there are tons of interesting edible plants to be found - a lot of them are invasive too so we can help the environment by using them.

 

After the walk, we’ll enjoy some nice wild cold drinks.

 

Long pants and hiking shoes are preferred.  Make sure to bring some water and sun protection too.

 

We meet at a new location:

Parking Lot - Hansen Dam Recreation Park

Lake View Terrace, CA 91342

34.267247, -118.394730

 

Directions: Enter the park at the intersection of Dronfield Ave and Osborne St. Keep going for 100 yards or so and turn right (you'll see a Rangers station on the right). Continue another 100 yards and turn left toward the parking lot.

Time: From 10AM to around 1:00 PM

$20 (pay on top)

 

 

Sunday April 16 (NEW LOCATION)

Urban Exploration (Edible and Medicinal Plants)

 

This is a first, I usually go in nature but this time, I also want to bring awareness to people about the bounty surrounding us in the urban environment. This is good information not just to make gourmet food but also in case of emergency.

 

You'll also get tips on urban foraging - how to avoid/detect pesticides, the truth about the "dog pee" phobia and how to make sure your food as pristine and organic as possible.

 

Most of all, you'll be AMAZED at what can be found!

 

After the walk, we’ll enjoy some nice wild cold drinks.

 

We meet in front of the at the following address:

McGroarty Park

7580 McGroarty Terrace, Tujunga, CA 91042

34°15'03.4"N 118°17'50.9"W

We meet in the park itself (not the house) - park nearby on the street.

Time: From 10 AM to around 1:00 PM

$20 (pay on top)

 

 

 

Wednesday April 19 - EVENING WALK

Edible / Medicinal Plants and Cool Animals too!

Now that the day are getting longer, you can take a break during the week and join me after work for a nice walk at a private property in the Angeles Forest. Not only will you see a lot of interesting exotic animals (camels, tortoises, zebra and much more), you also learn a lot of about local plants. We'll talk about their edible and medicinal properties, which ones are natives, invasives, protected and so on.  You'll even visit my "wild" native plants garden.

 

It's a very gentle walk with lots of stops to talk about the plants and say hi to the animals. Perfect for kids or if you are older too.

 

After the walk, we’ll enjoy some nice wild cold drinks.

 

Long pants and hiking shoes are preferred. We have poison oak in the area.  Make sure to bring some water and sun protection too.

 

We meet in front of the local 711 at the following address:

11348 Sunburst St, Sylmar, CA, US

34°16'39.9"N 118°22'42.1"W

Time: From 6 PM to around 8:00 PM

$25 Cash on location - $10 (out of the $25) will be donated to the animals.

 

Saturday April 22

Nature Walk - Mountains

 

Let's explore the local mountains and learn about edible and medicinal plants. I expect to find miner's lettuce, dandelion, beautiful aromatic plants such as California Sagebrush, black sage and so on... We won't be collecting/foraging plants in this location so it's more about plant identification and learning about them.

 

After the walk, we’ll eat a yummy wild food snack that I’ve prepared in advance and of course we’ll have some wild drinks – sodas, infusions, etc…

 

The walk will happen rain or shine so be prepared. Long pants and hiking shoes are preferred. Sometimes we have poison oak.  Make sure to bring some water and sun protection too.

 

You'll need to purchase a forest adventure pass ($5.00) at the local 711 (near where we meet)

 

Meeting place: Sunland Shopping Center

8349 Foothill Blvd, Sunland, CA

GPS: 34°15'36.2"N  118°18'53.8"W

Look for a sushi restaurant and a subway

Time: From 10AM to 1PM

Donation: $20.00 (Pay on top)

 

 

 

Wednesday April 26 - EVENING WALK

Edible / Medicinal Plants and Cool Animals too!

 

Now that the day are getting longer, you can take a break during the week and join me after work for a nice walk at a private property in the Angeles Forest. Not only will you see a lot of interesting exotic animals (camels, tortoises, zebra and much more), you also learn a lot of about local plants. We'll talk about their edible and medicinal properties, which ones are natives, invasives, protected and so on.  You'll even visit my "wild" native plants garden.

 

It's a very gentle walk with lots of stops to talk about the plants and say hi to the animals. Perfect for kids or if you are older too.

 

After the walk, we’ll enjoy some nice wild cold drinks.

 

Long pants and hiking shoes are preferred. We have poison oak in the area.  Make sure to bring some water and sun protection too.

 

We meet in front of the local 711 at the following address:

11348 Sunburst St, Sylmar, CA, US

34°16'39.9"N 118°22'42.1"W

Time: From 6 PM to around 8:00 PM

$25 Cash on location - $10 (out of the $25) will be donated to the animals.

 

 

 

Saturday April 29 - Wild Fermentation.

Making simple wild fermented sauerkraut with local (and plentiful) invasive plants.

 

Fermentation is one of the easiest and safe method of food preservation and is enjoyed by many cultures. Koreans like to make kimchi, sauerkraut in Europe, lots of various fermented products in Russia too. Pretty much every culture on Earth does fermentation. On our side, we'll add a little twist to it by adding wild edibles.

 

This workshop has several interesting parts.

 

During the first part of the workshop we'll go on a nature walk and learn about edible plants. It's a slow walk and we'll probably identify over 20 edible plants. We'll use pick some mustard, wild radish, mallow, dandelion to ferment later on. All theses plants are actually non-native and invasive so we're helping the environment in the same time. The walk is a bit more than an hour.

 

After the walk, we'll get to work. I'll explain the basics behind fermentation and demonstrate how to do it. I'll also explain the common mistakes people do so you don't have to worry about having a bad fermentation (never happened to me). Everyone will make a "wild" sauerkraut using local plants and take it home to ferment and enjoy later on.

 

Of course, you need to taste what you've just done so we'll eat and enjoy some fermented treats, aged sauerkraut, wildchi and various fermented drinks as well.  But we also enjoy non-fermented food as well.

 

A fun and education filled day!

 

Hansen Dam Equestrian Center

11127 Orcas Avenue, Lake View Terrace, CA, 91342, us

We meet at the South end of the park, pass the children's playground.

34°16'10.4"N  118°22'00.0"W

Time: From 10AM to 1PM

$40 (pay on top)

 

 

Sunday April 30 - Elderflower Soda and Champagne!

Nature Walk and learn how to make a delicious soda or champagne with elderflowers (A classic drink).

 

Elderflower are in season and can be found everywhere - gardens, urban parks, gardens, your neighborhood and possibly your own backyard. Most people don't even know what to do with them but during this workshop you'll learn all the yummy secrets to make syrups, sodas and even delicious champagne.

 

We'll talk about the medicinal and culinary uses of elder trees, how to harvest them sustainably and make (on location) some sodas and champagne.

 

Of course, we'll have some tasting too!

 

We'll probably drive to a couple of locations, sharing ride at the location where we meet will be encouraged.

 

We meet in front of the local 711 at the following address:

11348 Sunburst St, Sylmar, CA, US

34°16'39.9"N 118°22'42.1"W

Time: From 6 PM to around 8:00 PM

$40 (pay on top) - $10 will be donated to local animals.

 

MAY 2017

 

Wednesday May 3 - EVENING WALK

Edible / Medicinal Plants and Cool Animals too!

 

Now that the day are getting longer, you can take a break during the week and join me after work for a nice walk at a private property in the Angeles Forest. Not only will you see a lot of interesting exotic animals (camels, tortoises, zebra and much more), you also learn a lot of about local plants. We'll talk about their edible and medicinal properties, which ones are natives, invasives, protected and so on.  You'll even visit my "wild" native plants garden.

 

It's a very gentle walk with lots of stops to talk about the plants and say hi to the animals. Perfect for kids or if you are older too.

 

After the walk, we’ll enjoy some nice wild cold drinks.

 

Long pants and hiking shoes are preferred. We have poison oak in the area.  Make sure to bring some water and sun protection too.

 

We meet in front of the local 711 at the following address:

11348 Sunburst St, Sylmar, CA, US

34°16'39.9"N 118°22'42.1"W

Time: From 6 PM to around 8:00 PM

$25 Cash on location - $10 (out of the $25) will be donated to the animals.

 

Saturday May 6

Forest Exploration (Edible and Medicinal Plants)

 

Join me for a gentle walk in the forest and identify local plants.  We'll talk about their edible and medicinal properties, which ones are natives, invasives, protected and so on.

 

After the walk, we’ll enjoy some nice wild cold drinks. I'll do a demonstration on how to create delicious spice blends using local sages.

 

Long pants and hiking shoes are preferred. We have poison oak.  Make sure to bring some water and sun protection too.

 

We meet in front of the local 711 at the following address:

11348 Sunburst St, Sylmar, CA, US

34°16'39.9"N 118°22'42.1"W

Time: From 10 AM to around 1:00 PM

$20 (pay on top)

 

 

Sunday May 7

Wild Beers Workshop

 

Let's get back to the basics of making beer. You'll be amazed how easy it is to make tasty beers at home with little equipment. During this workshop, you learn about plants that have been used during history as brewing ingredients, how to extract wild yeast, creating sugar sources from fruits and berries and much more!

 

First we'll go on a plant identification walk and identify some of the plants that have been used historically to create interesting brews (Horehound, mugwort, etc...). We'll also talk about medicinal and edible plants during the walk. It's a very slow walk, probably 1 1/2hr

 

After the walk, we'll sit down and I'll show you the process of making the beer on location, we'll go through all the steps. Some wild refreshments and snacks will be served.

 

Limit: 15 participants. Early registration is strongly recommended due to limited space. From there we'll drive to a private property. If you already paid (last class got canceled - I should have your name on the list already but send me an email to let me know you're attending so I can keep count).

 

We meet in front of the local 711 at the following address:

11348 Sunburst St, Sylmar, CA, US

34°16'39.9"N 118°22'42.1"W

Time: From 10AM to around 1:00 PM

$40 (pay on top)  - $10 will be donated to local animals (from private property)

 

 

Wednesday May 10 - EVENING WALK

Edible / Medicinal Plants and Cool Animals too!

 

Now that the day are getting longer, you can take a break during the week and join me after work for a nice walk at a private property in the Angeles Forest. Not only will you see a lot of interesting exotic animals (camels, tortoises, zebra and much more), you also learn a lot of about local plants. We'll talk about their edible and medicinal properties, which ones are natives, invasives, protected and so on.  You'll even visit my "wild" native plants garden.

 

It's a very gentle walk with lots of stops to talk about the plants and say hi to the animals. Perfect for kids or if you are older too.

 

After the walk, we’ll enjoy some nice wild cold drinks.

 

Long pants and hiking shoes are preferred. We have poison oak in the area.  Make sure to bring some water and sun protection too.

 

We meet in front of the local 711 at the following address:

11348 Sunburst St, Sylmar, CA, US

34°16'39.9"N 118°22'42.1"W

Time: From 6 PM to around 8:00 PM

$25 Cash on location - $10 (out of the $25) will be donated to the animals.

 

 

 

Saturday May 13 - WILD HOT SAUCES WORKSHOP

Learn how to make HOT sauces with regular and wild ingredients!

 

Some like them wild, some like them super spicy.  During this workshop, you'll learn to make raw or cooked gourmet hot sauces exactly the way you like it.

 

This is a new location (urban farm) and we'll be able to pick "some" plants there but I'll also bring most of the ingredients, wild plants, materials and everything else we need.

 

You'll learn how hot sauces are made, how to make them gourmet by adding unusual and flavorful ingredients and more importantly how to bottle them so they're shelf stable and can be enjoyed all year long. That means you'll learn some canning too!

 

Although we'll be in the shade, the place can be hot (there is no air conditioning).

 

Urban Farm (address to come soon)

Time: From 10AM to around 2-3PM

$50 (pay on top) Price includes all the material, bottle you can take home and a $10 donation to the garden.

 

 

Sunday  May 14 -  AFTERNOON 1 PM

Chaparral Exploration (Edible and Medicinal Plants)

 

Let's explore the local chaparral. We'll look at the local edible, medicinal and poisonous plants. We're supposed to get a bit of rain this month so we may see new plants and who knows...mushrooms?. I expect to see a lot of sages too, black mustard sprouts, maybe chickweed and tons of other interesting wild edibles.

 

After the walk, we’ll enjoy some nice wild cold drinks. I'll do a demonstration on how to create delicious spice blends using local sages.

 

Long pants and hiking shoes are preferred. Sometimes we have poison oak.  Make sure to bring some water and sun protection too.

 

We meet in the parking lot in front of the liqueur store (buy your water there if you can)

10264 Foothill Blvd

Lake View Terrace, CA 91342

34.272930, -118.353171

Time: From 1PM to 3PM

Donation: $20.00 (Pay on top)

 

 

Saturday May 20

Nature Walk - Hills and Forest

 

Join me for a gentle walk in the forest and identify local plants and some mushrooms (if I know what they are). We'll talk about their edible and medicinal properties, which ones are natives, invasives, protected and so on.  This is more about identification, we're not supposed to  pick up plants there.

 

After the walk, we’ll enjoy some nice wild cold drinks. I'll do a demonstration on how to create delicious spice blends using local sages.

 

Long pants and hiking shoes are preferred. Sometimes we have poison oak.  Make sure to bring some water and sun protection too.

 

Crescenta Valley Park

3901 Dunsmore Ave, La Crescenta CA 91214

34.224723, -118.257500

Time: From 10AM to 1PM

Donation: $20.00 (Pay on top)

 

 

 

Sunday May 21

Nature Walk and How to make natural sodas

 

The weather will soon become hotter,  it's a good time to learn how to make easy and yummy fermented drinks using commercial and wild yeast.

 

First we'll go on a fun nature walk and do some plant identification. We'll talk about plants, fruits and berries (commercial, non-native, natives, invasive) that could be used to make some interesting fermented drinks and where to find wild yeast.

 

After the class we'll sit down and I'll explain how to extract wild yeast and make a starter. Together we'll do all the (simple) steps to make a soda and of course we'll have some soda tasting!

 

Hansen Dam Equestrian Center

11127 Orcas Avenue, Lake View Terrace, CA, 91342, us

We meet at the South end of the park, pass the children's playground.

34°16'10.4"N  118°22'00.0"W

Time: From 10AM to 1PM

$40 (pay on top)