The Hunting & Gathering Guru Series was developed in response to community request. This series of workshops calls on the expertise of several local foragers to share tips and techniques to get you started or advanced on your road to self-sustainability while respecting the environment around you, the integrity of the ecosystem, and the regulations surrounding these activities.
Our 2017 Hunting and Gathering Guru Workshop Series has begun, but we are still actively seeking facilitators who can share their knowledge. Particularly on the topics of fly-fishing, animal tracking, and hunting.
Secwepemc Plants & Their Traditional Uses – Wednesday, July 26th 6:30pm. Revelstoke Recreation Centre (600 Campbell Ave.).
Hosted by Louis Thomas, an Elder and Councillor from Neskonlith Band, and Libby Jay Chisholm, an Ethnoecology student of Metis of Algonquin ancestry, the two will be sharing their knowledge in local wild edibles and their traditional uses. With an emphasis on identifying and harvesting edible plants, Louis and Libby will share with us the traditional uses of the plants we see growing in and around Revelstoke. $5 for NCES members, $10 for non-members. Sign up to be an NCES member at the workshop and get in for FREE!
Eat Your Weeds! Edible Invasive Plants Workshop – Wednesday, September 6th 6:30pm. Workers Memorial (Centennial Park Greenbelt).
For those who have wondered what good can come of all those pesky weeds they are constantly battling, or about the medicinal properties of a field of wildflowers. Hosted by regional and provincial invasive species control specialists, they will be sharing some tips and recipes in dealing with invasive plants that have edible and medicinal properties. $5 for NCES members, $10 for non-members. Sign up to be an NCES member at the workshop and get in for FREE!
Preserving your Finds – Thursday, September 21st 6:30pm. Revelstoke United Church.
From making sausage to jerky, and dehydrating to canning, we will be going over all the ways you can preserve your caught or foraged foods.
Mushroom Foraging – Saturday, October 7th and Sunday, October 9th. Location TBA
Back by popular demand, our mushroom foraging experts will share with you everything you need to know about going out and finding your own chanterelles, pine, and lobster mushrooms. We will tell you all about picking, cleaning, storing, and even cooking with your harvest. Mushroom growth is highly dependant on precipitation, as such, the date for this event may be moves around.
Local & Wild Potluck – Wednesday, October 25th 6:30pm. Location TBA
A wrap-up event for the Hunting and Gathering Guru Workshop Series which encourages attendees to celebrate and share their newly acquired skills in hunting, foraging, and preserving. Some of the amazing dishes from last year included a venison lasagna, chanterelle stuffed perogies, rabbit and pine mushroom tarts, a rhubarb crisp, and a chocolate cake made with beets! What a great night to make connections with new people and to the food on our tables.