Upcoming Classes and Events

Looking for something to do? We teach a variety of classes and camps throughout Michigan and the Great Lakes region.  

The 2024 Great Lakes Foragers Gathering will be June 13-16, 2024. What is the Gathering? Find out more here. 

Camps 

We will be hosting several camps this summer. Camps are held on several acres of private waterfront property in the beautiful Irish Hills region of southern Michigan. All camps are limited to no more than a dozen participants. They will fill fast, so don’t wait to register. Click here for more information and registration. 

Spring Mushroom Camp, May 24-26. Everything mushroom! This camp will cover mushroom anatomy and physiology, ecology, growth foraging, ID cooking, eating… And if we are lucky we may even find a few morels. 

Basket Weaving Camp, June 28-30. Spend the weekend learning all about weaving with wild harvested materials. And make your own foraging basket to take home. 

Bushcraft Skills Camp, July 12-14. The basics you need to survive. We will cover food, fire, water, shelter, cordage, and knots. 

Wild Foodie Camp, August 16-18. This one is for everyone who loves to eat and try new things. We will spend the weekend foraging and cooking gourmet meals. We will also cover preservation of wild foods. 

Fall Mushroom Camp, date TBD. Same as Spring Mushroom Camp, but we will look for fall mushrooms. 

7-month Foraging Class

Want to learn to forage on your own time, in your own backyard, but with an interactive instructor? Designed for zones 5 and 6, east of the Mississippi, this class will help you to become a competent, confident forager. Class runs April thru October.  click here for more info

Winter Zoom Foraging Lecture Series

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Just because the plants are dormant doesn’t mean you can’t learn about foraging. There are plenty of topics we can learn about in the winter to prepare for the upcoming foraging season. Lectures are at 7pm on the dates shown. Recordings will be available if you can’t make it live. 

  • 1/24: Intro to Foraging- What is foraging? Why should you forage? How do you harvest safely and sustainably? How can you learn?
  • 2/7: Tips and Tricks for New Foragers- I polled dozens of seasoned foragers and asked them what they wish someone had told them when they first started out. Here’s what they said.
  • 2/21: Safety and Sustainability- Things you should know to keep yourself, your environment, and the plants that you forage safe.
  • 3/6: Intro to Plants- An introduction to plant anatomy and identification
  • 3/20: Intro to Mushrooms- An introduction to mushroom anatomy and identification
  • 4/3: Plants and Mushrooms to Avoid- Knowing what can hurt you is just as important asknowing what you can eat.
  • 4/17: Foraged Medicine Cabinet- Learn about foraged ingredients that can replace common over the counter drugstore items.

Winter Plant Walks and Classes

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Winter classes are held in 2 locations in southern Michigan- Tantre farm in Chelsea and at my home in the Irish Hills. Location details are provided on registration site.

  • Foraged Medicine Cabinet- 1/27, 2/5pm, Irish Hills: we will have a lecture style class that will cover the medicinal proprties of about 15 foragable plants that can be used to treat most minor injuries and illnesses. Then we will move into the kitchen where you will create your own medicine cabinet to take home by turning the herbs into salves, balms, tinctures, and teas.
  • Winter Tree ID- 2/10, 2-4pm, Tantre Farm: Tree ID is important to finding herbs and mushrooms, as well as the trees themselves. If you can ID trees with their leaves on, you can’t scout during the winter. But if you can ID them without their leaves, you can scout all year round.
  • Winter Non-Woody Plant ID- 2/24, 2-4pm, Tantre Farm: Similar to Winter Tree ID, except this class will focus on herbaceous plants. You would be surprised at how much you can ID in the winter.
  • Foraged Medicine Cabinet- 3/9, 2-5pm, Tantre Farm: repeat of the above