Seaweed & Intertidal Edibles (May 29) with Henry Stanley
This class will explore the incredible ecosystem of the intertidal zone, guiding students through sustainable harvest of mussels, seaweed and edible barnacles. Class will begin with a lesson on identifying numerous varieties of seaweed, based on shape, texture, size, taste, and color. We will learn about the seasonality of harvest, how to process and dry seaweed, as well as ocean ecology, and information about red tides, and ocean contaminates. Henry will also guide students through the ID and harvesting of mussels, barnacles and limpets: exploring collection methods, tidal timing, processing techniques and recipes. The day will be spent exploring a beautiful coastal environment, with tide pools, beaches and many interesting species to study. Class will end by having a picnic with what we have harvested, including seaweed, mussels, barnacles, and other intertidal edibles. This workshop will be held near Cannon Beach, Oregon. An exact meeting location and further details will be emailed to participants one week prior to the class.
This workshop is open to all adults 16 yrs & over. This workshop requires a reasonable level of physical fitness as well as the ability to be outside in potentially inclement weather and on uneven terrain. This is not a suitable workshop for those with health conditions that may be triggered by hiking, carrying a backpack, or being outside for 5+ hours in variable weather conditions. Please leave dogs at home. No previous experience necessary. A detailed packing list is included in the confirmation email, and info about our location will be provided 5 days prior to the workshop date.
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