Food & Medicine Classes

Overview of our private Food & Medicine classes

Learn to make food and medicine from plants you see everyday.  We can teach you to make fermented drinks, teas, and even process nuts, animals and preserve the abundance season after season.  We also offer Foraging and Cooking classes during our normal school year.

Mead and Wine Making

Learn to brew elixirs that please the palate and the senses. We will focus on wines made with local fruits and meads (honey wines) infused with herbs that bring flavor and medicinal qualities to the bottle.

Length: flexible, half-day to full-day

Tea Party

Learn the best way to extract medicines from different plants using decoctions as well as hot and cold infusions. Enjoy sipping tea and talking about the medicinal qualities of plants.

Length: flexible, 1 ½ hrs to half-day

Processing Nuts

Learn to make use of one of the most abundant food resources in our area.

Length: half-day

Fermenting Foods

Preserve foods using lactic fermentation.

Length: half-day

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Preserve the Abundance of the Season

Learn to can, pickle, dry, freeze and smoke. Each season offers a bounty all its own. We will learn how to make these bounties last so you can enjoy products that you have harvested and processed yourself all year long. You will leave the class with products we have prepared.

Below is a sampling of what you could learn in each seasonal class:

Spring: Drying greens and roots; blending pestos; making medicinal vinegars, tonics; and more.

Summer: Making and canning tomato sauce, canning peaches, pickling green beans or cucumbers, making seasonal chutnies, wild kim-chee preparation, and drying and freezing berries.

Fall: Sauerkraut preparation; mushroom drying; drying apples; processing and storage of acorns, hickory nuts, and black walnuts; making and canning applesauce; and preparing a variety of Autumn Olive products.

Winter: Learn the many ways of preserving deer meat, drying jerky, canning meat, proper wrapping and freezing techniques, and if we have time, learn to make pemmican (the ancient trail food).

Length: 1 full day

Wild Foods Gourmet

We will combine wild foods with local delicacies to create a meal that will surpass many found in the finest restaurants.

Length: flexible: half-day to 2 days

Length: 1 full day

Wild Foods Primitive Cookery

Gather seasonal wild foods, prepare and cook them together with other local, organic ingredients using a variety of techniques. These techniques may include pit cooking, hot rock cookery, hide pot cooking, clay pot cooking, cast iron cookery, spitting and green-stick grills. Depending on the season and interest, we may create wild salads, tamales, stews, steaks, roasted roots, squash, and much more. Leave the class with a variety of recipes for wild and local foods.

Timing: Anytime

Length: 1 day

Other classes we offer!

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  • Food Preservation (Canning, Drying,etc.)
  • Botanica Aphrodisia
  • The Right Cut Cooked the Right Way: Wild Game Cooked Well
  • Cordial Making
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Generally our rates are $50-$75 an hour, depending on the length, location and material needs of the class.  Classes that are materials intensive, or which last  4 hours or less, are generally held at Wild Abundance.  Other classes can be at other locations, though instructors charge their regular rate for one way of travel. Please contact Natalie Bogwalker with specific details about who you are and what you would like to learn by emailing WildAbundanceNC@gmail.com.