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The arrival of fall brings a fresh start + revitalized energy towards learning as our academic antennae’s rise. We are excited to announce the return of our in-person classes!
Wild Herb Walk
Thurs. Sept 15th, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Join local herbalist Patrick Kooyman on this herb walk, where we’ll discover and learn about locally growing plants and their uses as food and medicine. Hone your observation skills by learning about the environment in which these plants grow, and practical botanical tips to help identify them. We will discuss ethical and appropriate harvesting practices, gain an appreciation for the relationship of plants within the larger forest ecosystem community, and how this can inform us on their medicinal actions in our bodies. The goal of this class is to deepen our understanding of wild plants, and how to safely and respectfully integrate them into our lives.
Foraging for Wild Mushrooms
Thurs. Sept 22nd, 5-7pm
Join mushroom farmer and forager Robin Mercy for a fun and informative mushroom foray in the forests around Nelson. Learn about the principles of wild mushroom identification, and familiarize yourself with some of our region’s most distinctive and delicious fungi.
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Robin Mercy is the owner of Mr. Mercy’s Mushrooms, a certified organic mushroom farm in Kaslo BC. He found his way into cultivation by way of wild foraging, which he fell in love with over the course of a decade spent working in the forests of Interior BC. He loves sharing his passion for all things fungi, and continues to draw inspiration from the rich and complex ecosystems that surround us here in the Kootenays.
Patrick Kooyman is an herbalist, ethnobotanist, wildcrafter, herb cultivator and educator living in Nelson, British Columbia. He is the owner of Blue Lotus Ethnobotanicals, a small herbal company providing handcrafted herbal medicines, with a focus on using locally cultivated and ethically harvested plants and fungi. He has studied botany at the University of Calgary, and herbal medicine through Wild Rose College and Emery Herbals. Patrick is interested in the beneficial relationships developed between plants and people, the nature of plant consciousness, and how we can communicate with plants by approaching them as living sentient beings. He is an avid forager of wild plants and fungi for use as food and medicine, and loves growing plants in the garden.