Spring Wild Foods

Apprenticeship Program


TWP Spring 2022 is open for registration!

The spring session embraces the best wild foods our Southern California environment offers. During March through May, students explore and understand the harvesting and processing of local wild foods and how they play an important part in a balanced, holistic diet for vibrant living for themselves, the community and the environment.
Harvesting, processing, preservation, culinary skills, techniques and recipes will be shared and practiced with hands-on activities. Topics of ethical harvesting and regenerative practices are emphasized. The session will end with a potluck celebration dinner to put to use all the skills you have learned throughout the season.

Session Begins: March 2, 2022

Regions Covered: While based in Southern California, this class focuses on plants that can be found in most regions across the United States. Culinary skills and the nutritional information shared can be applicable from anywhere in the world.

Class Materials: Students will receive a total of three Wild Path Mini-Recipe Books, one each month, with corresponding recipes, articles and suggested reading. Class recordings will also be available for students to download for review or those that could not attend live. Students who enroll before the early registration deadline receive a complimentary copy of Mushroom Wanderland: A Forager’s Guide to Finding, Identifying, and Using More than 25 Wild Fungi by Jess Starwood

Community Building: Community is an important part of wild foods and foraging. Classes encourage participation and connecting with other students in the class. We begin as strangers but leave as family.


BONUS #1: All students receive a 12% TWP student discount to any other class, workshop, wild food dinner, or multi-day foraging adventure I offer within 12 months of the start of the program enrolled. Some exceptions apply. See my schedule at jstarwood.com for upcoming offerings.

BONUS #2: A complimentary copy of my book Mushroom Wanderland: A Forager’s Guide to Finding, Identifying, and Using More than 25 Wild Fungi when you enroll by December 1, 2021.

Location:

Live virtual classes, held once a week (except for field trip weeks) on Wednesday evenings, 6-8pm PST via Zoom platform. Participation is highly encouraged, but sessions will be recorded for later viewing until the course end-date.

SPRING 2022 FIELD TRIP DATES
March 26 (Chaparral)
April 9 (Desert)
May 21 (Coastal)


Course Topics:

Into The Wild: The Abundance Around Us

  • Identification of plants and basic botany
  • Identification of mushrooms and their phenology
  • Focus is on Spring & Summer foods found in Southern California (for Fall and Winter, please join me for the Fall Session, Wild Foods II for advanced students)

A Vibrant Life: Eating Locally, Seasonally and with Intention

  • Urban and garden foraging and the many uses of common weeds
  • Healing power of food, medicinal properties of wild herbs & mushrooms
  • How wild foods affect our gut health & immunity

The Forager’s Dilemma: The Hunt for Food in a Modern World

  • Food issues in the modern world
  • Ethical foraging and regenerative practices
  • Foraging for invasive plants
  • Sustainability and regenerative practices

Skills for the Wild Kitchen

  • Fermentation & Pickling
  • Introductory culinary skills applicable to wild foods
  • Cooking with wild mushrooms
  • Recipes for common wild edibles
  • Preservation
  • Creativity in the Wild Kitchen
  • Processing techniques to properly remove toxins and increase palatability
  • Utilizing “The Five Tastes” in creating recipes with unusual ingredients
  • Wild food and traveling

The Forest Table: The Lost Art of Community

  • The connection of food, community and emotional well-being
  • Plating a dish for a visual feast and the joy of eating beautiful food
  • Celebrations and eating with the seasons
  • The ‘taste of place’

Field Trips

  • Explore, in the field, the range of edible plants in each local bio-region (mountains, forest, chaparral, coastal, riparian, desert)
  • All take place in Southern/Central California
  • Wild Food Dinner & Herbal Happy Hour

Application:

All participants must submit an application before payment is accepted and a spot reserved in the class. Small class sizes help everyone get the one-on-one instructional experience for optimal learning. To submit an application, please go to the Application page.

Class size strictly limited to 20 students. Attendance and participation to live classes is highly encouraged.

Class Fees & Registration:

$1300 before December 15, 2022
$1600 after December 15, 2022

$799 virtual only (online content only, does not include field trips)

Register for both SPRING & FALL to save! $2650

*** Continuing students receive 12% discount

Once your application is received, you will receive payment information. All payments must be made via Venmo, Zelle or check unless arranged otherwise. No refunds after 7 days prior to first class start date. Payment plans are available by prior arrangement but must be paid in full by course start date.

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