Non-native invasive plant species are the bane to many gardeners, farmers, and other such plant enthusiasts...but not to those who know better! In fact, many so called “weeds” are actually quite useful as either 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.
Come join us as we learn how to better utilize these vilified urban renegades that are so often needlessly wasted. This class includes a lecture, a large selection of live plant samples, edible/medicinal plant tasting, and botanical I.D lessons.
TELLUR FENNER is a clinical herbalist/educator and has traveled extensively throughout the U.S while studying, collecting, and using plant medicines from all the major bioregions. Tellur attended the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine, the California School of Herbal Studies, and received his Bachelor's Degree from Prescott College where he majored in Western Herbalism.
As an herbalist of the “generalist” persuasion, he believes in the importance of an interdisciplinary practice which integrates the study of botany, ethnobotany, botanical pharmacy, human physiology, phytochemistry, and other biological sciences. He has taught classes and led trips for the Regional Parks Botanic Garden in Berkeley, San Francisco Botanical Garden, Hayes Valley Farm, California Academy of Sciences, Merritt College, the Ecology Center in Berkeley, Regenerative Design Institute, Point Reyes National Seashore Association, San Francisco Green Festival, Pepperwood Preserve in Sonoma County, American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, California School of Herbal Studies, as well as a number of other organizations.
In addition to offering regular weekend workshops throughout the year, he also runs a comprehensive 12-month (240 hour) classroom/field based academic program titled: “Edible & Medicinal Plants of California: A Bioregional Exploration”. Tellur is an avid camper/hiker, a skilled and experienced outdoor trip leader, and is a certified Wilderness First Responder. He is the owner/director of the Blue Wind Botanical Medicine Clinic and Education Center located in Oakland, CA. For more information check out:
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Homeless Garden Project
In the soil of our urban farm and garden, people find the tools they need to build a home in the world. The Homeless Garden Project provides job training, transitional employment and support services to people who are homeless. 80% of our graduates go on to find employment and secure housing. Programs take place on our organic seaside farm, crafts workshop, and downtown Santa Cruz retail store featuring products made in our training program. Our community education and volunteer program serves more than 1500 people each year.