While unsuccessfully trying to find some 4-legged things we could eat last December, we discovered some “winterized” gooseberry “raisins” still clinging to the branches in a large stand of bushes. Benjamin availed himself of the many leftovers that were there.

I wanted to let everyone know that we will be putting together our schedule of classes for 2010 very soon and will be releasing that information here on the blog, so keep watching the posts here.

Thanks for reading.

Tracy
Grazing the Front Range… and Beyond!

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Man Eating Bugs?? Check it out on 8/21 at 6:30 at Bear Creek Nature Center

Man Eating Bugs?? Check it out on 8/21 at 6:30 at Bear Creek Nature Center

This Friday, August 21, at 6:30pm, there will be a great Wild Edibles class at Bear Creek Nature Center.

There will be 3 of us teaching that night. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about edible plants, mushrooms, and bugs. Yes, you read that right. I said BUGS!

Plus, you’ll get to sample some treats from each category.

Before you start grossing out about eating bugs, remember that there are many cultures and civilizations on almost every continent which eats bugs, either alive or cooked. I’m certainly not saying that I enjoy eating bugs, but I have done it at this class.

So, if you’re adventurous, or you just really like unique gastronimic experiences, then head out to Bear Creek Nature Center this Friday and join us for the class. I’ll be bringing a salad mixed with some wild plants and some “lemonade” made with a very tart berry which grows abundantly at BCNC. Ken will be bringing some mushrooms cooked to perfection, and Todd is the man with the bugs!

Hope to see you there.

-Tracy

Monday, May 18, is our next scheduled class. Below, you will find: 1) a list of families which are registered for this class, 2) a list of things you need to bring on Monday, and 3) the details of where to go and and when to be there.

First, WHO:

  • Harmon family
  • Ward family
  • Mrs. Johnson
  • Leeper family
  • Dontanville family
  • Stuart family
  • Barrell family
  • Biddy kids

Next, WHAT:

Here’s a list of what to bring…

  • drinking water
  • hat
  • notebook
  • camera
  • lunch (with a salad to put your harvest in)
  • ziploc bag (to collect your harvest)
  • plates & utensils
  • cup (so you can sample the pine tea!)

Lastly, you can visit this blog post to get the WHEN and WHERE.

Thanks!

We’ll see you on Monday!!

-Tracy

Availing ourselves of the abundant raspberry harvest in the park by our house.

Availing ourselves of the abundant raspberry harvest in the park by our house.

One of our classes is already 75% full. If you are wanting to register for any of our 3 free classes this year, be sure to send me an Email and let me know which one you want to attend.

Our last post mentioned that we would limit the attendance to 20 people, but I’m expanding that to 25.

Our minimum attendance would be 10. If we have a class that fewer than 10 register for, we’ll cancel that class.

Also, there is a homeschool group which is looking at registering for one of our classes and that would fill that class completely. If that occurs, we’ll probably offer another class so that the general public can come too.

Whew! This has historically been a very popular class, and we’re happy to be hosting it for free this year. It’s fun to see so many people want to come to it.

Don’t forget about the books that we’ve announced in yesterday’s post.

-Tracy
The wild-foods-foraging photographer in Colorado Springs

2009 class dates announced!

A large group at a previous field trip listen to Tracy explain some of the wild edibles in Rock Ledge Ranch

Well, we’re finally close enough now to be able to announce the class dates for the Wild Edibles Field Trips.

Remember, they are free this year, so please pass this information on to those you know who may be interested. Though the class is really intended for homeschoolers, it’s open to any student  or adult. The only reason I say that it’s intended for homeschoolers is not because we discriminate against public school, but because I run the class on my day off which is Monday when public school kids are in class.

Any way… the class is free, but each class will be limited to 20 attendees. We’re going to host a few classes so you should be able to get into one, BUT, if you sign up for a class, you MUST be there because you are reserving a spot that someone else may have occupied. Please don’t sign up for one of the classes and then not show up.  OK, there’s the ogre side of me. 🙂

NEWSFLASH! Though wordpress.com won’t allow us to post links to Amazon from this blog, we do now have links on our photography blog to the Amazon books that we use as reference guides in our class. Every year, I bring these books to show the class and recommend that they get them. This year, you can get the books BEFORE the class and use them to help you identify plants on our trip. You can go to this post on our photography blog, My Unique Hobby.

Class dates:

  1. Monday, May 4
  2. Monday, May 18
  3. Monday, June 8

The class will be held at Rock Ledge Ranch by the pond, and will begin at 10am concluding about 11:30 back at the pond.

Here’s what you need to bring:

  • sunscreen
  • hats
  • water
  • lunch with a salad (to put our harvest in!)
  • your own drinking cup
  • your own plate and utensils

Other things you may want to bring:

  • camera
  • notebook

Here are the warnings and disclaimers:

  • Not everyone can eat wild foods. The first thing we cover in the class is safety. You must observe these rules or you could end up getting sick. I will explain how you can know if you are able to eat a certain food for different people react differently to wild foods.
  • There are poisonous plants in the field trip location. We will point these out as we encounter them. Do not sample these plants!
  • There are rattlesnakes that live in Garden of the Gods. We have never encountered one during our field trips and they usually do not hang around the busy areas of Rock Ledge Ranch. It is doubtful that we will see one, but there is a slim chance. The best way to not encounter one is to stay on the trail. Do not wander off into the brush!! Stay with the group!