Griffith Park Plant Walk: 3.21.15

Griffith Park

Griffith Park Plant Walk
Sunday, March 21, 10am-12pm
Los Angeles, CA

The winter rains have brought an abundance of edible and medicinal plants to Southen California! On this plant walk I’ll show you how to identify many common “weeds” with tips on how to harvest and use them for food, drinks, and herbal remedies. In addition, we explore wildcrafting and foraging ethics and ways to connect with nature in our urban environment. I will also bring a foraged drink for everyone to sip.

Limited to 20 people. We will walk approximately 2 miles with the option of hiking a steep slope. Wear comfortable shoes and bring water. You may also wish to bring sunglasses, hat, camera/phone, and notebook.

Secure your spot: Griffith Park Plant Walk


Silver Lake Plant Walk: 3.1.15

Silver Lake Salad

Silver Lake Plant Walk
Sunday, March 1, 10am-12pm
Silver Lake, Los Angeles, CA

Recent rains have brought an abundance of edible and medicinal weeds to our urban environment! On this plant walk – dubbed the “Silver Lake Salad Tour” – I will guide you through some secret stairs and wild pockets of Silver Lake. Along the way you will learn how to identify, wildcraft, and use many wonderful plants. We will end the walk with an amazing view, a nibble of our foraged salads, and a refreshing wild drink.

Limited to 15 people. We will meet in front of the Silver Lake Library and walk an approximately 2.5-mile loop with stairs. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a small bowl for collecting your salad and a fork. You may also wish to bring water, camera/phone, and notebook.

Secure your spot: Silver Lake Plant Walk

Silver Lake Plant Walk

Link Love

Links: 12.5.14

(Above) What the heck is mead? – Cooking Up a Story

Art in a Whisky Glass, Neatly Explained – Kenneth Chang at New York Times

Mr. Button was about to wash the glass when he noticed that leftover drops of Scotch had dried into a chalky but unexpectedly beautiful film.

The Carrot Family – Mark Williams at The Botanist

If I were forced to choose only one plant family to rely on for food and flavour it would be the carrot family.

A colonial-era drink called switchel is making a 21st century comeback – Deena Prichep at PRI

Vinegar-based drinks may sound a bit unusual to modern palates, but they were actually pretty common in centuries past.

Our Ability To Digest Alcohol May Have Been Key To Our Survival – Eliza Barclay at NPR

There are hypotheses that the reason humans consume ethanol is because of our recent transition to farming, and how we learned how to ferment grains or fruit, maybe because we wanted to escape consciousness. But my study shows that maybe it has its roots in our ancient history as [fruit eaters].

A Dram of Bitters – A Radicle

And isn’t it curious that, at these times, we as humans have turned to bitter herbs? Bitters are endemic. They are a part of us, as surely as we are a part of this green world.

Have a marvelous weekend!