Wild foraging is more than eating plants in your backyard. The in-depth exploration of nutrition, botany, historical plant use, and modern research blended together is fascinating. Foraging classes explore each tree, shrub, plant, vine, and liana, for its food value, medicinal effects, and utilitarian uses throughout all of the seasons. We also emphasize the responsible harvest, propagation, and control, of important plants to increase the biodiversity and the carrying capacity of the landscape as a direct result of our harvesting practices. Our culture is steeped in sicknesses stemming from malnutrition and excessive caloric intake. Learn how wild foraged foods can address these issues and how nutrition is your primary defense against illness as we prepare delicious wild crafted meals and herbal preparations. Our staff includes experienced botanists and practicing herbalists with decades of real world experience. Many are also medically trained in both homeopathic and allopathic medicine.

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  • Hands on skills include: plant identification, responsible harvesting, preparing teas, tinctures, and poltices
  • Pre-requisites: none
  • Weekend option: Friday - Sunday
  • Five day intensive: Wednesday - Sunday

9 Responses

  1. Helen J Moore
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    Really want to learn. 72 is still young enough to learn more about life.

  2. Jason Durham
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    Hi Michael,

    Great site! Saw some videos on youtube and it led me to your site. I live in Okinawa, Japan. If I ever visit Maine, I’d like to visit your business.

    Jason Durham
    Sales Director
    GLBB Japan

  3. Garrett glidden
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    I was wondering if you could identify a clunker that on the inside resembles chaga but spongy in the orange center. The part that gets me is the bottom is a smooth grey cap like the top of a lot of mushrooms I have pictures of you need them.

  4. Brock Napert
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    any classes Lome this scheduled for 2016?

    • Mike Douglas
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      Brock, Our next foraging class is coming up in May http://www.primitiveskills.com/course/spring-foraging-2/
      Also, we offer a summer intensive foraging class, and a weekend medicinal and edibles class in August. There will be a Fall foraging in October. Check out our Schedule and Calendar for all of our upcoming classes.

      Thanks

  5. Woods of the Hen
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    The best producing hen of the woods tree in maine is located at the Spirit Pond Preserve Phippsburg land trust trails in Phippsburg maine.

    the coordinates are approximately: 43.751511, -69.807439

    Spirit Pond Hen Of The Woods Red Oak Tree Map Link:
    https://goo.gl/maps/xav2jNiw9u82

    every single year this ancient red oak produces at least 50 pounds of prime grade A hen of the woods, maitake, grifola frondosa, g. frondosa mushrooms! Hen of the woods seems to be independent of drought conditions. Though after years of hen hunting, I have only found hen-of-the-woods mushrooms within 200 feet of water, whether that be salt water or fresh water, or brackish water. Often times the old oaks where they are found are immediately on the edge (even overhanging) of a body of water, and frequently near tidal areas along the coast of maine.

    The Spirit Pond oak tree produces from the middle of September to the middle of October every single year, and has done so for at least the last 15 years and probably longer. The tree is located toward the beginning of the spirit pond trail and about 200 feet from spirit pond at the site of an old homestead and near the spirit pond burial ground. the tree fell directly over a portion of the trail in 2015 but still grows hen of the woods mushroom from the remaining stump, around the stump and from the base of the fallen tree itself in huge numbers and size. Check this tree frequently during the season as it is well known locally to grow hens.

    Where to find the second most productive hen of the woods oak tree in maine is at the Center Pond Phippsburg land trust trail in Phippsburg maine. It is located at the edge of center pond just opposite the beaver pond along the main trail.

    Center Pond Phippsburg Maine Hen of the Woods Map Link
    https://goo.gl/maps/6RM8cur8mio
    43.809922, -69.815736

    The preceding geo-location in this instance is exact. The fallen trunk of this tree can be seen on google maps satellite view. This grifola frondosa supporting red oak tree has grown mushrooms as late as mid November and particularly on, and inside the hollow portion of the fallen tip-over dead section which actually rests in Center Pond itself.

    The hen of the woods that this tree produces range from 10 – 20 pounds. this tree is easily accessed and well known, so the maitake go quickly. if you’re the lucky one to get a 15 pound hen of the woods from this tree, you’ll understand why it’s called the dancing mushroom.

  6. Robert Gonzalez
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    Im interested in an intense foraging course. What dates are available and could you send me some info regarding the material covered. Thx

    • Mike Douglas
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      Thank you for your interest Robert! Our “go to” for course information is the calendar under the “schedual” button. We have foraging course during all four seasons. Our next will be April 12-14 “Spring Foraging Weekend”. The cost is $210.00 with up to fifty percent tuition available for work-study or trade.

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