Learn to forage for wild foods in your own backyard
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Wild food expert John Kallas will share his extensive knowledge at the annual Fall into Gardening event taking place from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 5 at Milwaukie Center, 5440 SE Kellogg Creek Drive in Milwaukie.
This event sponsored by the Clackamas County Master Gardeners is free and open to all.
Fall into Gardening offers the latest ideas through the award-winning 10-Minute University classes, a Master Gardener clinic and soil pH testing service. For complete information visit cmastergardeners.org.
Kallas' presentation "Wild Foods of Yards, Gardens, Neighborhoods and Farms" will kick off the morning and wow audiences 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."
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 recognizable by the crowd, but most people will not have a clue about their edibility," says Kallas. "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 will dispel misconceptions and hopes to enable the audience to begin exploring wild foods with confidence.
Kallas has a doctorate degree in nutrition, a master's in education and degrees in biology and zoology. He is a trained botanist, nature photographer, writer, researcher and teacher.
He founded the Institute for the Study of Edible Wild Plants and Other Foragables in 1993. Based in Portland, Kallas offers workshops and multi-day intensive learning on wild foods.
Learn more online at wildfoodadventures.com.
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