Non-native invasive plant species are a bane to many gardeners, landscapers, and other such plant enthusiasts, but not to those who know how to use them. Many so-called "weeds" are actually quite useful, either as wild foods or medicines. Because they thrive on disturbed soils, these plants abound in areas of high population density and can be found in great abundance in and around the cities of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Due to their damaging effects on native plant habitats, their harvest and use makes practical sense and should always be encouraged over the use of native species. In this way, it is possible to help to restore and preserve native plant communities, while at the same time, restoring and preserving health.
Come learn how to better utilize these vilified urban renegades that are so often needlessly wasted. This class includes a lecture and slideshow, a large selection of live plant samples, edible and medicinal plant tasting, and botanical identification lessons.
Instructor: Tellur Fenner (Blue Wind Botanical Medicine Clinic and Education Center, http://www.bluewindbmc.com).
Please bring: Water, lunch, a notebook, and a camera.
The cost of this class is $40 ($35 for Ecology Center members). Pre-registration and pre-payment are required at the website below, or by calling the phone number below.