Urtica dioica - commonly known as stinging nettles (and to some as burn hazel) has a long history of use as food, medicine, and natural plant cordage. Their benefits are many, though you may be hard to convince if you know them primarily from hiking off trail wearing shorts in the summer. Sure, they sting, but that may actually be a good thing - plus they are one of the healthiest plants to eat and can be used in many different ways. If all of this surprises you, join us for a focus specifically on this amazing plant. We’ll discuss history and ecology, identification and harvest, and meet nettles where they grow best - and of course, we’ll do some preparation and tasting.
Bring a drawing pad and pencil for sketching and notes, a cup for tasting tea, and dress for potentially muddy ground. We’ll be getting up close and personal.
Additionally, each participant will receive fresh Stinging Nettle leaves for tea preparation at home.
About the Instructor:
This course is being led by Jonathan Darby. Jonathan is the owner/operator of the Wallicks Farm Project, Riverbend Foraging, and co-owner of Riverbend Comics. Jonathan is a farmer, wild foods enthusiast, and educator. He is a certified permaculture designer and teacher and serves on the Board of Directors for the Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education.
This class will take place outdoors. Please check the weather in advance and dress accordingly. Be prepared for walking on uneven terrain and potentially muddy conditions.
All programs are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances including inclement weather. Participants will receive an email in the days preceding the program for any changes or cancellations. You can review our current Cancellation and Refund Policy here.
Parking takes place in the field above the farmhouse.
The cost for this program is $25/person. Young children accompanying an adult may attend without charge.
York, PA 17406