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I do custom walks, talks, classes, tours.  Just email me at feralkevin (at) gmail (dot) com.

Edible Wild Plant Guided Tours, Classes, and Forays

In all my classes, kids under 12 come for free (so as long as they are supervised).

 

Aquaponics for Beginners November 16, 2014, Sunday, 10am-12pm (Walnut Creek, CA) $25 — Aquaponics is a hybrid between aquaculture (the raising of fish) and hydroponics (growing plants without soil).  Essentially,  the fish waste is filtered by living bacteria, redworms, and plant roots, feeding them nearly all the nutrients they need to thrive, and then is returned cleaned to the fish tank.

I have a 8 month old system running with in a very small backyard greenhouse with a variety of plants.  I will give a tour of the system and all its living things and tell you everything you need to know to establish your own backyard aquaponics system!

We’ll discuss: fish and their care, fish food, plumbing, plants, plant nutrients, pests, beneficial insects, PH and chemistry, supplements to the system, and a million other things that arise when running these systems.

Before my system, I almost never spent any time in my back patio.  Now that the aquaponcis system is in place, it creates such a happening little ecosystem that I can hardly stay away!  The water feature, the warmth, and the diversity of plants attracts all sorts of biological intrigue.  It has taught me more about plants, nutrients, and pests, than my previous 15 plus years of soil gardening and foraging in less than a year!

This is something I’m eager to share with others and I think would benefit not only someone wanting to start an aquaponcis system, but gardeners and foragers as well to gain a better understanding of plants, water, and ecology.  And the fish are super fun to watch, I’ll make sure I won’t feed them that day until the tour begins.

Wild Mushroom Foraging Primer November 23, 2014, Sunday, 1pm-3pm (Lafayette, CA) $35 — After teaching wild mushroom foraging to beginners for several years, I’ve got what I feel is really good system at approaching a subject that came seem daunting and overwhelming. After all, there are so many types of mushrooms, most of us have had zero exposure to them as a child, and if you eat the wrong thing you could die!  So come spend an afternoon with me and get ready for the rains that will usher in this year’s local mushroom season. It is my experience that many wait and want to take mushroom classes after they are already up, and usually (almost always) this is too late!  I’m scheduling this class extra early this year so you can get a jumpstart on the season.   Location is outdoors in Lafayette and we’ll also be doing a plant walk along the way. I suggest bringing something to take notes with.

Wild Edible Plants Foray  December 13, 2014, Saturday 1pm-3pm (Sienna Ranch, Lafayette) $40 — Join Kevin Feinstein (Feral Kevin) on a guided tour of local edible wild plants in the hills East of the Caldecott tunnel.   Sample the promise of what the cool rainy season brings to our area in terms of foraging.  In this class, as we have permission from the land owner, we are able to actually forage for many things!  So not only bring your learning hat, but your bags and clippers, too

Wild Edible Plants Foray  January 10, 2014, Saturday 1pm-3pm (Sienna Ranch, Lafayette) $40 — Join Kevin Feinstein (Feral Kevin) on a guided tour of local edible wild plants in the hills East of the Caldecott tunnel.   In this class, as we have permission from the land owner, we are able to actually forage for many things!    So not only bring your learning hat, but your bags and clippers, too

 

 

 

 

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5 Responses to “Classes”

  1. wildflower says:

    Hey…what a great find. Thanks for inspiring people to really pay attention to their surroundings!
    We used to eat roasted bay nuts, but after a while I lost the taste for them. Great vid on bay nuts.
    Happy Foraging
    wildflower
    Sonoma County, Ca

  2. wildflower says:

    I forgot to add…in my commune days (way back)…I used to live on lentils supplemented by large quantities of miners’ lettuce, puffballs and fiddleheads (taste like walnuts)
    In those days I lived on no money and VERY little possessions. Sweet simple times.
    THANKS!

  3. Cathy Burgdorfr says:

    I came across your web site and love what you are doing.
    I live in a very rual area on 15 acers surronunded by timber land in the bluffs of the mississippi river.
    while growing up here my parents always ate the more common wild greens. I am vegan and wish to eat closer to the land. Foraging for my food is what i enjoy. I know there are many many types of plant that are edibal here. Im just not sure of all of them. Burdock and sting weed (nettles) are some of my favirots. Im looking forward to mid summer so i can enduldge on the thistles. If you can give me any insight on things i might/should be looking for in the timber would be wonderful. There is just so much of it here. It is all organic since we do not spray any of the timmber for over 50 years.
    Love your stuff!!!

  4. [...] wild foods in his environment. As his interest grew, so did his knowledge, and before long, he was giving classes on wild edibles in the San Francisco Bay Area. He’s now the author of two books, runs a school gardening program [...]

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