Mycologist, wine-maker and herbalist Jared Urchek is no stranger to the forest and his expertise spans a wide range of taxa. Join Jared for this special forage in the Frederick Municipal Watershed* to see what summer bounty lies just off the trail.
Plants we may see: blueberries, sassafras, boneset, milkweed, goldenrod, wild grape fruit, turkeytail, reishi, coltsfoot, witch hazel, japanese barberry, jewelweed
*This class is being held with the permission of the City of Frederick and the Maryland Wildlife Department
Jared Urchek, L.Ac, CZB, is a Five-Element acupuncturist, certified Zero Balancer, and a cultivator of gourmet & medicinal mushrooms. He is enthralled by the beauty and the healing power of Nature. Growing up in the woods of northeast Ohio, he found the woods to be comforting, healing, and inspiring even as a youngster. Learning about the wonders of the fungal Kingdom through a permaculture class started a lifelong passion for the cultivation and use of gourmet and medicinal mushrooms. Jared is also profoundly inspired by Chinese medicine and its ability to help people heal on all levels – body, mind, and spirit. Imagine his surprise in learning that all the great medicinal and gourmet mushrooms were also potent Chinese medicinal herbs? Jared offers private and group acupuncture sessions, a growing line of medicinal mushroom products, and various classes and workshops to spread the healing knowledge of these vital traditions.
Fermenting Black Walnuts, tincturing medicinal wild weeds, nibbling Autumn Olive, weaving Wild Grape, plucking ripe Paw Paw, frying up edible mushrooms and so much more will be explored this year!
Join us for the third year of Fox Haven Foragers. We’ll visit some of our old favorites like Milkweed, Paw Paw, Goldenrod, Cattail, Jewelweed and Motherwort and we’ll introduce some new species to our forage like Witch Hazel, Japanese Barberry, Sassafras, and Blueberries.
Each Foragers class will include plant ID, foraging and processing the season’s bounty with local guides from diverse backgrounds and skill-sets. Class runs from 11am to 3 pm. For the first 2-3 hours class will be held in the field, gathering plants and learning botany skills. After a quick picnic lunch the last hour is spent processing and cooking or preparing the harvest into a tasty meal or a take-home medicinal.
|March 10th||Tender Tinctures + Nibbles||Holly Poole-Kavana|
|April 14th||Foraged First Aid Kit||Katelyn Jarkowiec|
|May 12th||Twisting Vines||Caryl Henry|
|June 9th||Fermented Fruits||Lacey Walker|
|July 14th*||Forest Finds – Frederick Watershed||Jared Urchek|
|August 11th||Wild Solutions for Stress||Katelyn Jarkowiec|
|September 8th||Pawpaw Haul||Lacey Walker|
|October 13th*||Mountain Mushrooms – Catoctin||Samantha Feld|
*Please note that these classes will be held at the Frederick Municipal Watershed (with the permission of the City of Frederick and the Maryland Wildlife Department)
A $7 dollar materials fee is included in each class price. These skills, experiences and finished products are only $7 per hour.