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Wildcrafting: Manzanita Berry Cookies and Other “Berry Good Things”, Sunday, September 24th, 2017

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 10:00am

Sunday, September 24th come learn the art of wildcrafting with berries at the Volcan Mountain Foundation's Volcan Mountain Nature Center at the headwaters of Santa Ysabel Creek in Julian. REGISTER NOW!

Fall is berry and apple season in Julian! In this workshop we will create a variety of delicious recipes from the ripe berries that grow on Volcan Mountain and around the San Diego backcountry. Volcan Mountain has a diverse abundance of manzanita berries, blackberries, elderberries, wood strawberries, chokecherries and coffee berries.

We will take a short walk to identify the various types of berries growing in the area, and which are edible and those that are not. There are also a few old apple trees on the property that give us a variety of apples to enjoy. Focusing on manzanita berries, participants will learn how to make manzanita sugar cookies and other “berry” good recipes with what we have available. To finish, we will enjoy the fruits of our labor with an ice-cream party.

Wildcrafting, is the age-old practice of collecting or harvesting plants from their natural habitat, or “wild” habitat, for food, medicine or craft.  It applies to uncultivated plants wherever they may be found, and is not necessarily limited to wilderness areas.  Ethical considerations and sustainable behaviors are practiced, such as protecting endangered species and avoiding potential depletion of commonly held resources. The practice of sustainable wildcrafting requires making a commitment to develop your knowledge and connection to the natural landscape, deepen your local sense of place and take responsibility for its regeneration for future generations.

When: Sunday, September 24th, 2017, 10am-1pm
Cost: Activity Fee is $20 per person. Click Here to Register and Pay no later than Saturday, September 23rd. (Registration closes at 6pm); Space is limited to 12 participants--REGISTER NOW!

Due to the gated entry for VMF's Volcan Mountain Nature Center (22850 Volcan Road/4002 Farmer Road, Julian, CA 92036), please plan to arrive between 9:45 and 9:55.

Wildcrafting workshops are generally held every other month on the 4th Sunday of the month, from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.  Holidays may change the date of the workshops, so check for updates.  Class size is generally limited to 12 participants, but can change.

Other Scheduled Wildcrafting Workshops:
November 19th, 2017--Wildcrafting: Oak Acorn Holiday Cookies
January 21st, 2018--Wildcrafting: Winter Willow Dream Catchers
March 25th, 2018--Wildcrafting: Spring Edible Forest Feast
May 27th, 2018--Wildcrafting: Herbal Soaps

You may contact the VMF office with questions or for more information at 760-765-2300 or info@volcanmt.org. (VMF office is open M-F)

Visit the Volcan Mountain Foundation's website at www.VolcanMt.org for ongoing updates of events and activities on and around the Volcan Mountain Range.