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Spring/Summer Foraging - Women's Health

Where: The Earth Goods Production Shop with Field Work


What do Chickweed, Red Clover, Catnip, Motherwort, Red Raspberry, Yarrow and Stinging Nettle all have in common? 


These wonderful plants, along with many others native to our region, have been used historically by generations of women as natural aides for reproductive health.*


If you think it would be really cool to walk into the woods, a field, or even your own backyard, and be able to not only spot these fascinating plants among their green neighbors, but also be able to understand what they were used for and why, then chances are that you would really enjoy this workshop! Foraging for specific plants is like a treasure hunt, and when you are not only able to locate a stand of what you are searching for, but be able to return to it time after time to watch it's life cycle and growth, season after season, it's an immensely satisfying and empowering connection to the natural world.


Each foraging workshop will focus on the variety of plants that are in season at that time. Location and identification techniques (i.e. - what type of environment the plant thrives in, and therefore, where to look for it, as well as what physical characteristics are key to identifying the plant) will be shared with the workshop participants. Harvesting information will also be discussed (including an overview of laws/regulatory requirements and sustainable practices), as well as what other plants out there may be "look-a-likes" (and what you need to know about those). 


In addition to the practical aspects of preferred environment, identification, harvesting, and cautionary information, a historical overview of what each plant was used for (and how - tinctures, infusions, distillation, drying, and the like) will also be provided. 


Each foraging workshop will begin at the Earth Goods production shop, and will start with a quick "meet and greet" of the instruction/participants, an overview of what plants are in season (and therefore which ones we'll be looking for), and where we will be going to look for them. Most all foraging workshops will require the participants to travel a short distance (by vehicle) to the location where we will be foraging for the day, and transportation is the responsibility of the participant (at least until we can afford a bus large enough to carry everyone!).


Proper attire is a MUST in order to be comfortable - please wear weather-appropriate clothing and for heaven's sake - WEAR GOOD SHOES! Lightweight hiking boots are ideal, but tennis shoes will usually do in a pinch. Under no circumstances should sandals, flip-flops or other non-protective footwear be worn. It's also a good idea to bring a bottle of water and a light snack. Sunscreen is also appropriate (if you'd normally wear it). We will provide instruction, hand-outs, and all tools/equipment required for active participation in the workshop.


When you sign up for a foraging workshop, you will be emailed specific and pertinent information about the workshop, including an overview of what plants we will be planning to look for, the location where we will be foraging (along with approximate travel distance/time from the Earth Goods shop to that location), any important information about the environment at the foraging location (whether it's rocky, wet, hilly, etc), along with any other information that you may need to know in order to make your experience as enjoyable as possible. You can expect to receive this email approximately two weeks prior to the date of the workshop. If you have any questions about the workshop, please email us!


Difficulty: Moderate (requires hiking in various terrains, including, but not limited to, water, rocky areas, and forests)

Duration: 4-6 Hours


* As we all are aware, the medical/pharmaceutical industries and the FDA have deemed it illegal to suggest that something born of nature and free for the harvesting could have any health benefit whatsoever (real or implied), and therefore, we at Earth Goods are making no such claim (real or implied), hence the use of the word "historical" in the second sentence of the above description. This foraging workshop is intended for those who are interested in learning the historical (again, there's that word) value of certain plants for which our grandmothers (and maybe even an herbalist or two) attributed certain beneficial properties. For example, we would never suggest that there may be any actual truth to the historical claim that Motherwort can lessen menstrual cramps and soothe an anxious mind, only that thousands of women before us believed that it did, and just in case your own ancestors were some of them, we'll show you how to find it and identify it (along with whatever other historical plants are in season at the time) so that any tendency toward nostalgia that you may have can be duly satisfied.

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