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Midwest Wild Harvest Festival

Friday, Sep 27, 2019 at 3:00pm

Wisconsin Badger Camp
11815 Munz Ln
Prairie du Chien, WI 53821

The Midwest Wild Harvest Festival invites people of all ages, backgrounds, and experience levels. Held at the beginning of the fall harvest season, the festival is a celebration of the Midwest's bounty of wild food. The weekend combines recreation and education into an unforgettable experience.

Participants will learn about wild edibles and their uses from some of the most knowledgeable instructors and speakers in the United States. There will be activities for children and adults, field trips, presentations, demonstrations, a cooking contest, a potluck banquet, and lots of hands-on activities. You'll have a chance to interact with other foraging enthusiasts from around the region and beyond.

Schedule of Events:

3-5 pm:

Sam Thayer- Plant Hike
Take a hike with Sam and see what edible plants there are to talk about. 

Leda Meredith-The 2.5 Ways to Pickle Everything
Learn how to safely and deliciously pickle your wild harvests, how to get probiotic health benefits from your pickles even when you’re making a vinegar-based recipe rather than a fermentation, and why you should include seeds, leaves, and fruits — not just veg — in your pickling repertoire.

Nicholas Wazeegale-Tree and Shrub ID for Late Season Foraging
Learn to better identify trees and shrubs that offer fruits, nuts, and more in the later harvesting seasons. Hedges that hide hazelnut, chokecherry,nannyberry, highbush cranberry and plum can be a jungle to sort through, but by learning some key features and getting to observe them personally you can start sorting out them out more easily. We will also cover some trees that are nutting important and take a walk on the grounds to observe specimens in their natural habitat. The earlier discussion and workshop component will focus on specimens brought in for observation.

Adam Haritan- Medicinal Mushrooms of North America
Medicinal mushrooms are the superstars of the fungal kingdom.  Plenty of research suggests that these mushrooms demonstrate powerful anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, and anti-viral properties, and many experts consider these particular fungi to be top candidates for immune-system support.  In this class, Adam Haritan will discuss the importance of developing a medicinal strategy using wild mushrooms from the landscape.  Participants will learn the medicinal properties and health benefits of various North American wild fungi, as well as the steps involved in making medicinal mushroom decoctions and tinctures.

Erica Davis- Wild Mustard
In this class, we’ll learn how to identify the many edible Mustard family plants that grow in North America, both wild and cultivated. Then we’ll rub, winnow, and process wild mustard seeds together, and use them to prepare a few mustard condiments.

Potluck dinner/Wild Food Cooking Contest from 6:00 to 7:30pm

Keynote presentation:  Stephen Barstow 8:00pm

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