Spend the evening with herbalist Autumn Summers learning about the winter and early spring treasures of our local native and naturalized flora and fungi to include in your wellness kit and kitchen pantry. From soups to smoothies, adding these plants and fungi to our diets nourishes us in body and spirit by deepening our connection to place. This includes turkey tail mushrooms, stinging nettle, usnea lichen and the often overlooked and maligned “weeds”: dandelion, milk thistle and mallow. We will cover how to identify, sustainably gather and prepare this seasonal abundance.
From her first herb class over 25 years ago, Autumn Summers has been exploring the many facets of herbalism with a focus on plant, seaweed and mushroom identification and uses, and growing medicinal and edible plants. Currently, she is the lead educator at Herb Pharm and a core faculty member at the California School of Herbal Studies. She is passionate about sharing this empowering knowledge with others in an enthusiastic, hands-on way.