Native & Non-Native: Sustainability & Restoration
A workshop with Michael Pilarski, Friends of the Trees Botanicals
March 3, Saturday.
9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Wildroot Herb School, Alger, Washington
We will discuss many aspects of wildcrafting for home use as well as commercially. We will introduce the main medicinal plants found in Washington State with optimum harvest times, tools, processing and drying. Sustainable wildcrafting concerns and guidelines will be addressed as well as restoration and ethno-ecology. Michael will bring samples of fresh and dried herbs, tools and relevant books. There are things to wildcraft every month of the year and we will look at the yearly round.
Michael Pilarski is a plant enthusiast, farmer, educator and founder/director of Friends of the Trees Society. Michael has commercially wildcrafted medicinal plants for 23 years in Washington State, north Idaho and Northwest Montana. He farms medicinal plants in complex, agroforestry systems and has expertise in seed collecting and propagation of many native and non-native species. He is the author of “Ethnobotany and Ethnoecology Resource Guide” and “Growing & Wildcrafting Medicinal Plants in the Pacific Northwest”.
Michael will show and tell his favorite harvesting tools and demonstrate harvesting techniques. There will be a display of relevant books and some for sale.
Bring a brown bag lunch. Keep an eye on the weather forecast and come prepared for the weather as we will be outside for most of the day.
$65 for single day. $110 for both days
To register contact:
Leslie Lekos, 360.724.7668
Here is a url link to some Youtubes of Michael wildcrafting (and farming).
Friends of the Trees Instagram page
Optional info for website:
Ideally we would ask all of these questions for each plant we wildcraft:
* Common name(s).
* Latin name of the plant and what other plants it is related to.
* If native, what is its status on the scale of common to endangered? If non-native, what is its invasive weed status?
* Traditional and modern uses of the plants.
* Optimum time(s) to harvest.
* Tools/techniques of harvesting and processing.
* Each plant specie’s roles in the ecosystem: what eats it, what insects does it host, is it a nitrogen fixer, role in succession, ecological parameters (where does it live), etc.
Some plants will be covered in more depth and others will be given short shrift. But every plant species deserves at least a nod and their name. Most day-long workshops walking through a number of habitats will generally turn up between 60 and 100 species.