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John Kallas to focus on foraging edibles from urban areas during Oct. 5 event sponsored by the Clackamas County Master Gardeners

Wild food expert John Kallas will share his extensive knowledge at the annual Fall into Gardening event 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive, Milwaukie.

This event sponsored by the Clackamas County Master Gardeners is free to all.

COURTESY PHOTO - Wild food expert John Kallas leads a recent class on foraging from yards and neighborhoods."Wild Foods of Yards, Gardens, Neighborhoods and Farms" promises to kick off the morning with surprising information about wild edible plants.

"Foraging wild food is not so much pie-in-the-sky as real food possibilities that people will enjoy," Kallas said. "All it takes to begin is enough knowledge, and this talk will start you on that path."

During his presentation, Kallas will show how to identify, harvest and prepare nutritious, delicious and abundant edible wild plants found within walking distance of your kitchen.

"Most of the plants I talk about will be recognized by the crowd, but most people will not have a clue about their edibility," Kallas said. "Foraging wild foods is easy and fun because wild foods are abundantly available and delicious. I will span the seasons to cover important concepts that everyone should know."

Kallas said his talk will define wild foods and show how they can be realistically incorporated into everyday life. The variety of foods covered is found all over North America — some are used in the true Mediterranean diet.

Kallas plans to dispel misconceptions, of which there are many, and lead participants on the track to learning more. He encourages people to begin exploring these and other wild foods with increased confidence.

Kallas has given hundreds of presentations on wild foods and conducted research on myriad wild edible plants. He has a doctorate degree in nutrition, a master's in education, and degrees in biology and zoology. He's a trained botanist, nature photographer, writer, researcher and teacher.

In 1993, Kallas founded the Institute for the Study of Edible Wild Plants and Other Foragables, along with its educational branch, Wild Food Adventures. His company is based in Portland, where he offers regional workshops and multiday intensive learning on wild foods. For more information, visit wildfoodadventures.com.

Fall into Gardening offers the latest ideas through 10-Minute University classes, a Master Gardener clinic and soil pH-testing service. For more information, visit cmastergardeners.org


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