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Foragers Level 2: Deep Ecology & Reciprocal Living
  • February 12, 2023
  • Fox Haven Farm, Retreat & Learning Center
  • 3630 Poffenberger Rd., 3630 Poffenberger Rd., Jefferson, MD 21755
  • 240-490-5484
  • 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
  • $420

    In Level 1, Foragers were exposed to a wide variety of plants and skills and began to build the concept of reciprocity. In Level 2 we will take those lessons and put them into action by designing and stewarding a Foragers Patch that will ground us in our ecosystem and the complex relationships within it. Each month we will still continue to learn new skills and plants, welcome guest teachers and go on field trips, while always coming back to our Patch to practice the responsibility of stewardship as a group.

    If you have at least 1 year of foraging experience, or if you have already taken Fox Haven Foragers Level 1– this level 2 foraging series is meant to help you tighten your skills and deepen your direct relationship with the ecosystem you are in. Monthly meetings will be on the 2nd Sunday of the month from 9 am-1 pm February through November. We will also have three Zoom conversation classes throughout the season. Dates listed below.

    Fox Haven Foragers Level 2Level 2 Foragers will learn skills like:

    Mycoremediation and Forest Inoculation

    Pruning for Tree Health and Bark Harvest

    Collecting and Processing Nuts and Seeds for Flour

    Intermediate and Advanced Botany and Ecosystem Study

    Population Dynamics and Indicators

    Phenologic Journaling

    Root Processing and Preserving

    Canning, Freezing, Fermenting, and Drying Harvests

    Uses and Awareness of ‘Invasive’ Plants

    Diseases and Insects

    Land Stewardship Design and Rewilding

    Some new plants we might meet or go deeper with are: Japanese Knotweed, Barberry, Bloodroot, Spicebush, Japanese Honeysuckle, Sweetflag, Eastern Red Cedar, Oak, Chestnut, Yellow Dock, White Clover, Red Bud Tree, American Beech, Black Walnut, English Ivy, Watercress, Cattail, Willow, Wild Ginger, Wild Geranium, Sumac and various Mushroom species for remediation and eating.

    Series Materials

    Book for Year – The Forest Unseen by David George Haskell

    Film – Tending the Wild

    Essays – Where the Wild Things Aren’t, Voices of the Land

    Podcasts etc – For the Wild

    Class Dates & Zoom Meet-ups

    2/12 Winter Tree and Shrub ID, Pruning for Plant Health and Harvesting

    2/22 7:00 -8:30 pm Evening Digital Class – Introduction to Phenology

    3/12 Pear Grafting and ‘Wild’ Planting, Sharpening Tools

    4/8 Saturday Spring Ephemerals and Meeting Bloodroot

    5/14 Plants for our Watershed and How Water Shapes our Land

    5/24 7:00 – 8:30 Digital Check-In Book discussion, local history sharing

    6/11 Grasses, Sedges and Rushes and Beginner Weaving

    7/9 Canning, Drying and Freezing and Skill-Sharing

    8/13 Field Trip to Forested

    9/10 Mycoremediation and Forest Inoculating

    9/27 7:30-8:30 pm Evening Digital Check-In – local history sharing and final project progress

    10/8 Foraging Level 2 Processing Chestnuts & Hickory Nuts

    11/11 9-12 Foraging Level 2 Teaching Level 1 about Seed Saving, Root Division and Land Stewardship

    Whole Series Cost: $420 ($380 Early Bird Discount – use code Level2 at checkout)

    Early Bird Deadline is December 3rd

    “The Fox Haven Level II Foragers program exceeded my expectations and shifted my perspective as a forager, from human-centric to a broader view of the ecosystems and their complex relationships and changes over time. I loved how hands-on it was, and built both skills and knowledge in a fun and accessible way.” ~April Thompson