This year I am excited to welcome author Ellen Zachos of Backyard Forager as co-teacher for what has become an annual tradition—a 2-day foraging class, with an optional overnight, exploring edible shoots, greens, roots and/or mushrooms in a variety of habitats from a tree-lined, riparian creek to semi-desert foothills, as well as disturbed, weedy areas like fields and irrigation ditches that have plants you might find in our local urban areas. This year we return to the farmhouse in Loveland, offering a shorter commute for those of you who live in the Front Range.
- LOCATION: A 126-acre retreat/ranch in Loveland, CO, with camping and (limited) lodging available to participants
- DATES/TIMES: Saturday, May 2 (9 am – 8 pm) & Sunday, May 3 (7 am – 2 pm)
- COST: $275/person with camping or drive-in option; +$60 with lodging in the farmhouse
CLASS DETAILS: We will spend about 50% of our time in the field learning edible wild plants—including field identification, safe and sustainable foraging practices, what parts to use, and hands-on foraging practice. About 30% of our time will be spent at the farmhouse, cleaning and preparing wild food, and we’ll incorporate foraged food into our meals. This is an opportunity to practice working with wild food in the kitchen, but we will not be eating an exclusively wild food diet. The remainder of our time is dedicated to class discussions and presentations about Colorado wild edibles. Class size is limited to 12-13 participants to ensure a good student/ teacher ratio and personalized experience. Camping is available, so you can spend the night or drive in each day. There are also a couple rooms in the historic farmhouse, each with a queen bed.
ABOUT ELLEN: Ellen Zachos is a Harvard graduate and the author of seven books including Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn’t Know You Could Eat, and The Wildcrafted Cocktail. She writes a regular foraging column for Edible New Mexico magazine and shares recipes and foraging tips on her website: www.backyardforager.com. Ellen also offers several online foraging courses at https://backyard-forager.thinkific.com. She is passionate about showing people how to use their wild harvests, and she teaches wild cooking classes at foraging workshops and retreats across the United States. A long-time instructor at the New York Botanical Garden, she now lives in Santa Fe, NM.
The class is now full. You can still submit a form if you would like to be on the waiting list. Thanks!