Workshop Descriptions

Wild Edibles & Mushroom Families with Luke Cannon

Friday: Wonderful Wild Foods of the Southern Appalachians

Saturday: Marvelous Mushroom Families of the Southeast

Luke Cannon 

The Southern Appalachian region is one of the most biodiverse regions of the country with edible and medicinal plants and fungi right out our back door! Not only many do wild plants and mushrooms provide incredible vital nutrients, they are also super exciting to find, eat, and process into delicious meals. Learn to identify, engage with, and use wild allies in an accessible, interactive, and fun class! These workshops are comprised of lectures, forays into the forest, and hands-on exercises that will build your confidence in finding, identifying, and using wild foods of the Southern Appalachians.


What
Friday 9/6
: Wonderful Wild Foods of the Southern Appalachians
Saturday 9/7: Marvelous Mushroom Families of the Southeast
Each day-long workshop is independent. Take a workshop with any instructor on Friday and/or Saturday; receive a discount for registering for both days.

When
Friday and Saturday, Sept. 6-7, 2019
9:30am–4:30pm both days

Where
Outdoor Pavilion
Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, NC

How Much
$70 = One day only (either Friday or Saturday)
$125 = Both days (Friday & Saturday) of any two workshops at the Harvest Conference

Wonderful Wild Foods of the Southern Appalachians on Friday 9/6

Friday 9/6: Wonderful Wild Foods of the Southern Appalachians (9:30am to 4:30pm)

A fun filled day of wild gourmet where we examine some of the tastiest wild edibles of our region. We’ll cover:

  • Plant and mushroom identification
  • Harvesting ethics and best practices
  • Parts of the plant to use
  • Preparation techniques

Weather permitting, about half of our day will be in a covered outdoor pavilion classroom and half will be out in the woods and fields meeting and exploring plants and fungi in their wild habitats. In-the-field instruction will include some light trail walking for one to two miles.

Appropriate for beginner and experienced wild foods enthusiasts, aspiring naturalists, botanists, ecologists, herbalists or anyone who has interest in bringing more fresh and local wild foods into their homes and diets while helping to positively steward our native ecosystems.     

Each day-long workshop is independent. Take a workshop with any instructor on Friday and/or Saturday; receive a discount for registering for both days.

Marvelous Mushroom Families of the Southeast on Saturday 9/7

Saturday 9/7: Marvelous Mushroom Families of the Southeast (9:30am to 4:30pm)

A deep and daring dive into the fascinating fungi families of the South East! Identify with confidence and safety by learning the major mushroom family or family-groups. We will intimately examine a dozen of the most common fungal families of our region, learning the key field characters that distinguish each group without a microscope. We will also discuss other features of field identification, including:

  • Spore printing
  • Habitat and substrate determination
  • Harvesting ethics and practices
  • Preparation and preservation techniques

Weather permitting, about half of our day will be in a covered outdoor pavilion classroom and half will be out in the woods and fields meeting and exploring mushrooms and other fungi in their wilds habitats. In-the-field instruction will include some light trail walking for one to two miles.

Appropriate for beginner and intermediate mushroom enthusiasts, aspiring naturalists, ecologists, herbalists or anyone who has interest in bringing more fresh and local wild foods into their homes and diets while helping to positively steward our native ecosystems.     

Each day-long workshop is independent. Take a workshop with any instructor on Friday and/or Saturday; receive a discount for registering for both days.

Luke doesn’t teach so much about plants, as with plants. He uses his impressive array of botanical and ecological knowledge to seed wonder and curiosity, to grow relationships both human and non, and to cultivate a deeper sense of appreciation for life itself.

Lucien

Workshop Participant

Do-it-Yourself Herbal Medicine Making

Friday: Tinctures, Teas, and Oils for Your Home Medicine Cabinet

Saturday: Cooking with Herbs

Noelle Fuller

Medicinal herbs are a powerful way to promote health and prevent disease. The best way to benefit from their healing properties is to use them consistently and regularly. In this accessible and hands-on workshop, Noelle Fuller, herbalist and farmer, with a background in nutrition and horticulture, will teach about simple everyday ways to match herbs with the best medicine making methods for your desired health outcome. This interactive workshop is comprised of lecture, hands-on herbal processing, taste testing, and handouts that will give you confidence for working with herbal preparations for you and your family.

Some of the plants we’ll be working with include: Holy basil, hibiscus, lemongrass, lemon balm, lemon verbena, ginger, parsley, basil, thyme, oregano, sage, rosemary, roses, lambsquarters, purslane, calendula, peppermint, dandelion, chickweed, violet, and more!


What
Friday 9/6
: Tinctures, Teas, and Oil for your Home Medicine Cabinet
Saturday 9/7: Cooking with Herbs
Each day-long workshop is independent. Take a workshop with any instructor on Friday and/or Saturday; receive a discount for registering for both days.

When
Friday and Saturday, Sept. 6-7, 2019
9:30am–4:30pm both days

Where
Lower Fellowship Hall
Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, NC

How Much
$70 = One day only (either Friday or Saturday)
$125 = Both days (Friday & Saturday) of any two workshops at the Harvest Conference

Tinctures, Teas, and Oils for Your Home Medicine Cabinet on Friday 9/6

Friday 9/6: Tinctures, Teas, and Oils for your Home Medicine Cabinet (9:30am to 4:30pm)

Homemade herbal remedies are accessible, safe, and easy. All cultures on earth use the plants around them for their medicinal properties. Whether you grow herbs, wild harvest them, or purchase them, there are many forms with which to use and preserve them. This is a crash course for new growers and processors interested in understanding how to use herbs in their everyday self care. Explore processing herbs into:

  • Teas: Made from an herbal infusion (adding hot/warm water) or a decoction (simmering in water) using all parts of the plant.
  • Tinctures: Herbal extracts produced by soaking herbs in alcohol, thus enhancing and preserving the medicinal properties.
  • Oils & Salves: Fresh or dried herbs are soaked in oil, infusing their properties, sometimes using heat to aid the process. From there the oils can be made into salves.

Learn about the qualities and benefits of the herbs, methods for preparing, the benefits of using fresh vs. dried herbs, assessing herbal quality when purchasing, supplies and tools, labeling tips, and how and when to use the preparations.

Appropriate for anyone interested in deepening their understanding of both growing and processing medicinal herbs for everyday use.

Each day-long workshop is independent. Take a workshop with any instructor on Friday and/or Saturday; receive a discount for registering for both days.

Cooking with Herbs on Saturday 9/7

Saturday 9/7: Cooking with Herbs (9:30am to 4:30pm)

Get inspired to experiment with adding herbs to your daily diet in all sorts of fun ways. Not only do herbs add flavor and taste, they also increase nutrient density and support healing in the body. We’ll discuss the calendar of herbs coming into season around us which provides a simple, accessible, diverse, and abundant way to engage with the plants. We’ll be working with wild, cultivated, and store bought plants. You’ll leave with recipes for creating your own kitchen magic! We’ll cover preparing:

  • Herbal salads: Incorporate herbs into and onto salads as chopped additions, as flower garnish, and blended into the dressing.
  • Herbal pestos: Enjoy a never ending variety of herbal pestos all year long. The ingredients can vary for a delicious outcome every time.
  • Herbal soups: Whether starting from broth that includes herbs or after the soup is made, herbs are a delightful addition to nourishing soups.
  • Herbal desserts: Easy and fun, adding herbs into desserts such as herbal chocolates, chamomile cream over summer berries and herbal popsicles all add a great health excuse for your sweet tooth.

Appropriate for all levels of skill, designed to get the herbs you may know and love onto your plate and introduce you to some new delicious additions.

Each day-long workshop is independent. Take a workshop with any instructor on Friday and/or Saturday; receive a discount for registering for both days.

I attended Noelle’s workshop on how to grow a medicinal tea garden over a year ago and her wisdom has stuck with me ever since. It was especially impactful because we got to sip on teas while learning about the power of the herbs we were consuming. She is full of knowledge and passion that would inspire anyone to become an herb lover.

Abbie Dillon

Workshop Participant

Hemp Farming

Friday: Growing Hemp at Any Scale!

Saturday: Understanding the Hemp Industry

Clarenda Stanley-Anderson and Malcolm Anderson

Hemp is a promising crop ecologically, financially, and politically for North Carolina growers.

Get an inside look at this budding (pun intended) industry with these experienced NC hemp farmers. Discuss potential pitfalls and how to avoid them, understand the industry trends, and discover specific actions you can take to get involved with legislation and regulation of this important crop.

The state’s hemp production has skyrocketed in the last few years; come learn how to be a part of it!

What
Friday 9/6
: Growing Hemp at Any Scale!
Saturday 9/7: Understanding the Hemp Industry
Each day-long workshop is independent. Take a workshop with any instructor on Friday and/or Saturday; receive a discount for registering for both days.

When
Friday and Saturday, Sept. 6-7, 2019
9:30am–4:30pm both days

Where
Cannon Lounge or Jenson
Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, NC

How Much
$70 = One day only (either Friday or Saturday)
$125 = Both days (Friday & Saturday) of any two workshops at the Harvest Conference

Growing Hemp at Any Scale! on Friday 9/6

Friday 9/6: Growing Hemp at Any Scale! (9:30am to 4:30pm)

Want to be a hemp grower? There is so much to explore. Learn before you leaps. The general focus will be on the CBD market, but other uses and products will be discussed. We will cover it all including:

  • History and effects of legislation
  • Potential funding sources,
  • Permits and licenses
  • Business structure
  • Legal considerations including communication with local law enforcement
  • Security measures
  • The Farm Bill and its effect on the hemp market.
  • Cultivation techniques
  • Plant identification including strains and varieties that grow well in the mountains
  • Equipment needed for indoor, outdoor, and greenhouse production
  • Ecological potential including erosion control and bioremediation.

Appropriate for current and aspiring hemp farmers.

Each day-long workshop is independent. Take a workshop with any instructor on Friday and/or Saturday; receive a discount for registering for both days.

Understanding the Hemp Industry on Saturday 9/7

Saturday 9/7: Understanding the Hemp Industry (9:30am to 4:30pm)

Once you’ve grown it, now what do you do with it? Learn the things they don’t tell you about the hemp industry and what it really takes to start a farm business. Discover the nitty gritty of the following topics:

  • Product options
  • Market trends
  • Labeling laws and labeling for distinction
  • Quality control and testing
  • Pricing models
  • Brokering structures
  • Brand positioning
  • Assessing the competition & Analysis of difference in product quality
  • Connection with regional allies and resources.
  • Interpersonal dynamics in a family business
  • Funding opportunities

Appropriate for the experienced hemp enthusiast, growers, and processors.

Each day-long workshop is independent. Take a workshop with any instructor on Friday and/or Saturday; receive a discount for registering for both days.

I can not say enough great things about the Big Hemping Course offered by Farmer Cee and her husband. The material was very specific to starting a hemp business. … In addition to the explanatory materials, there were also links to additional valuable resources that I have been able to use to complete my work to set up my own hemp business.

Joanne Spruill Esq

Workshop Participant

Forest Farming

Friday: Agroforestry & Silvopasture

Saturday: Forest Gardening

James Geoffrey Steen

Do you dream of a diverse and beautiful farm or yard filled with food-bearing plants?

Instead of fighting a landscape that quickly returns back to its natural forested state, learn to use tree crops and land practices that enhance productivity, beauty, and usefulness. Forest farming or ‘agroforestry’ is the art and science of putting plants together in ways that forge mutually beneficial relationships and create vibrant and resilient ecosystems.

As you prioritize these sustainable design systems, you’ll discover the extraordinary ecological and social implications such as: renewal and regeneration of soil, reduction of erosion, enhanced beauty and usefulness, sequestration of carbon, and mitigation of water issues. Each effect leads to climate resilience and further integration with natural designs.

In these two full-day workshops, learn everything you need to know about working with trees on your land, no matter the scale.

What
Friday 9/6
: Agroforestry & Silvopasture
Saturday 9/7: Forest Gardening
Each day-long workshop is independent. Take a workshop with any instructor on Friday and/or Saturday; receive a discount for registering for both days.

When
Friday and Saturday, Sept. 6-7, 2019
9:30am–4:30pm both days

Where
Garden Cabin
Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, NC

How Much
$70 = One day only (either Friday or Saturday)
$125 = Both days (Friday & Saturday) of any two workshops at the Harvest Conference

Agroecology & Silvopasture on Friday 9/6

Friday 9/6: Agroforestry & Silvopasture (9:30am to 4:30pm)

For stewards of farms and fields, learn the key concepts of installing and maintaining beneficial trees using agroforestry techniques. Optimize and diversify your production and landscape with the addition of tree crops and animals to annual plantings. We’ll cover the following topics:

  • Edible tree identification as well as pruning, training, and grafting
  • Trees for fertilizer, forage and soil-building
  • Compost tea and micro-nutrient creation & application in foliar sprays
  • Managing livestock operations inside of orchards
  • Large installations on a budget including wholesale prices on quality planting stock
  • Hands-on agroforestry design (bring a GIS image of your to apply design techniques to your project!)

Appropriate for market and commercial farmers and landscapers. Beginning farmers welcome.

Each day-long workshop is independent. Take a workshop with any instructor on Friday and/or Saturday; receive a discount for registering for both days.

Forest Gardening on Saturday 9/7

Saturday 9/7: Forest Gardening (9:30am to 4:30pm)

Learn to encourage and benefit from the land’s natural tendency to grow trees specifically through the practice of planting and maintaining fruit and nut trees in your home landscape. We’ll focus on edible  perennial plants with a small segment on annual gardening. We’ll cover:

  • Theory & Practice including using trees for soil building
  • Design elements including what to grow and how much
  • How to prepare soil for annuals & perennials
  • Planting on a budget
  • Properly planting trees
  • Transition spots and landscape fixtures for beauty
  • Edible fruit and nut tree identification
  • Pruning, training, and grafting
  • Compost tea brewing & application

Appropriate for gardeners, backyard growers, homesteaders, and landscapers.

Each day-long workshop is independent. Take a workshop with any instructor on Friday and/or Saturday; receive a discount for registering for both days.

 

Geoffrey’s playful teaching style and hands-on experience made him an excellent addition to our training course. His skills as a builder, farmer and craftsman make him a great ecological designer & consultant. Geoff is a creative visionary re-designing culture by connecting people to themselves, the land and each other.

Cliff Davis

Workshop Participant, Spiral Ridge Permaculture

For more information on this program, please contact Sera Deva, Farmer Programs Associate & Conference Coordinator at farmer-programs@organicgrowersschool.org