Ever Wilder Farm
Foraging, friction fire, woodland medicinals and more...
Ever Wilder Farm
We will sit amongst the plants and learn about some of our most at-risk medicincal herbs including ginseng, goldenseal, ramps, black cohosh and more...
ADULT DAY CLASSES
Most classes have a limit of 12 participants. Purchase tickets by clicking the “book now” button and selecting the class you are attending. 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM w/ lunch break on the property unless otherwise stated.
Foraging Workshop: Wild Edibles of Appalachia – Come learn some of the edible plants of Appalachia. We will spend the day learning habitat and how to properly identify important food plants and trees. Time will be taken to carefully speak on how we harvest, consume, propagate, and tend these wonderful wild plants. We will spend some time harvesting and taste testing. Wonder into the world of plant chemistry and discuss reasons why we should or should not consume certain wild foods. The class topics change seasonally based on current available harvest and is being offered 2x this year. $55 per class. Dates are April 23rd and October 8th.
Herbal Workshop: Medicinal Plants of Appalachia– Come learn the medicinal plants of Appalachia. We will spend the day learning habitat and how to properly identify important medicine plants, along with their historical and modern herbal uses. Then we will harvest materials from a few and make an herbal preparation. We will cover uses, recipes, ethical harvesting and propagation for a number of plants in our region. The class topics change seasonally based on current available harvest and is being offered 2x this year. $55 per class. Dates are May 7th and September 24th.
Friction Fire: Hand Drill – Humans have evolved with fire for quite some time and we are now dependent on it for our modern civilization. Certain plants are also dependent on fire for their survival. Let’s take things back several thousand years and re-learn how to create fire from entirely natural materials. We will also discuss and practice ways to keep a fire going, bank a fire, travel with fire and much more.
We will start out with a brief overview and history of fire making, and then we will walk around the property to learn about and identify helpful plants for the fire making process. Afterwards we will craft our own hand drill kits from natural materials gathered locally. Finally, we will practice the art of hand drill and you will take home your very own fire kit! Never be stuck trying to start a fire again, learn the in’s and out’s of a proper pyre for starting a one match fire. Some knife carving is required. Materials for your kit are hand gathered in north Georgia. $55 per fire kit + $10 per additional guests. Can be booked on Saturdays while supplies last. Class is 2-3 hours.
Tulip Bark Baskets – A SPRING TIME TRADITION: Come cut, peel, and sew up your own Appalachian berry pickin’ basket! The Tulip bark basket has been utilized in this area for many years. They were typically crafted on the spot for a quick container and later discarded, so not many have withstood the test of time. It is a simple, fun activity and reminds us of an older time. The bark only peels from the tree in the spring / early summer and materials are very limited! Check Calendar by clicking “book now” for available days. The season will last a few more weeks! $55 per basket makers + $10 additional guests. Class is around 2 hours.
Woodland Medicinals: Caring for our forest – In this class get to know some of our most at-risk medicinal herbs growing in southern Appalachia.
An at-risk plant is characterized by a slow growing nature, a high demand in herbal industries, needing a specialized habitat, and many other factors.
This class will focus on herbs such as ginseng, golden seal, ramps, black cohosh, bloodroot and more. Topics include other Non-Timber Forest Products, propagation, site selection and ways of managing land that keep our mature forest ecosystem in-tact. $55 per ticket. Class date is September 3rd.