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Wild Edible & Utilitarian Plants for Fiber & Craft
Shambala Permaculture Farm and Nursery
Camano Island, WA
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Wild Edible & Utilitarian Plants for Fiber & Craft
Harvesting & Preparing Willow, Cattail, Grasses, Vine Maple & Stinging Nettles for Ropes, Sitting Mats, Baskets & More.  

Gain hands on experience with some of the most important plant fibers in the Pacific Northwest:

Harvest Willow - you'll learn the best season to collect parts for different purposes (including a variety of interesting and helpful uses), then process bark into rope, and harvest materials to begin weaving a basket!

Collect Cattail - you'll learn the gifts of the cattail as we gather leaves from our #1 survival food plant and dry them to craft useful items such as rope, a pot holder or even a window shade!

Harvest Stinging Nettle - we'll carefully collect nettle stalks, our strongest natural plant fiber in this region, to make rope for all sorts of projects. And, we'll enjoy some healthy nettle tea while we spin.

We'll make/finish our sitting or sleeping mats, pot holders, shades and as many projects as we can in one day! If time allows we'll harvest and enjoy some other important plants that are in season such as rose and hazelnut.

Other lessons we'll include today include making "aspirin tea" from willow, winter tonic tea from nettles, plus cold rose and pine infusions to gain vitamin C in case of colds/flu.

You can take home materials you harvest, but if you would like to take home some of the materials we have prepared and seasoned for baskets, etc., we will request an additional donation. We will also have our recommended field guides for sale, including Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast, Botany in a Day, and more. Finally, please note that we can only scrape the surface in a 6 hour workshop, so if you would like to learn to a more advanced level and have time to really practice your skills, please enroll in our 5 Day Summer Course: Wild Ethnobotany & Herbalism Training

All workshops include a tour of Shambala Permaculture Farm and Nursery.

Instructor(s): Hosted by Wolf College: Lead instructor, Chris Chisholm

Cost: $75 per person cash price; all funds must be received 3 business days prior to the class. Mail check to Shambala Farm or for your convenience you can purchase tickets online with a processing fee at:

Recommended to bring: hat, mud boots or shoes, water bottle, and dress appropriate for weather.  And although we have extra of the following items, do try to bring rubber boots and dish gloves for cattail harvesting, leather gloves and scissors for nettle harvesting, and clippers for willow harvesting.



Shambala Permaculture Farm and Nursery (View)
395E North Camano Drive
Camano Island, WA 98282
United States

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