May Monthly MAPG Meeting – Native Edible Gardens

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

At First Congregational Church, 1609 University Ave, Madison, WI 53726, in Fellowship Hall in the basement.

6:30-7 pm:  Potluck and Visiting (don’t worry if you’ve already eaten; come any way for the company and connections)

7:00 pm:  Presentation of Native Edible Gardens

Edible Native Gardens Presented by Marian Farrior and Judy Kingsbury

Learn how to combine your love of native plants with your love of eating in this presentation which will introduce you to the native plants which can bring both beauty and flavor to your life. We will share ideas for wild edible landscap­ing of yards large and small, sunny and shady.

MARIAN FARRIOR coordinates volunteer ecological restorations at UW-Madison Arboretum. Marian has a B.A. in Anthropology and a M.S. in Sustainable Systems with an emphasis in Permaculture. She has taught workshops and classes in permaculture, forest gardening, patterns in nature, and biomimicry. She also works as a consultant and facilitator for a variety of environmental and social change organizations, and as an edible landscape gardener and teacher. She is currently studying with herbalist Lola Stonehill. Her passion is apprenticing with nature and helping people to fall in love with Earth.

JUDY KINGSBURY has a lifelong love of gardening and eating, a Bachelor’s degree in horticulture and biological aspects of conservation, two permaculture design certificates (one from MAPG, the other from Permaculture Visions, and has spent the past 15 years bringing together native plant gardening and native plant eating in her own garden and kitchen. She has worked as a naturalist with children and adults at Friendship Center of Dodgeville and the UW Madison Arboretum. Judy provides free samples of native plant edibles at her presentations!dible Native Gardens Presented by Marian Farrior and Judy Kingsbury.

Learn how to combine your love of native plants with your love of eating in this presentation.

As always, these meetings and presentations are open to the public and there is no cost.

Questions?  Call Kate at 608-213-2230

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Free Herb Garden Talk – Chickweed!

Monday April 25th 6:00-7:30 Chickweed is our herb of the night at the MAPG Herb Garden! This common yard and pasture plant is a delicious foraged food as well as a medicine. Come learn more about how you can use this plant for common ailments. Ginny Borman, herbalist, will lead our discussion and foraging session. If you want to do the DIY, please bring a 1/2 pint jar (or whatever size you have) and your choice of oil (olive, sunflower etc.) or alcohol. If you want to make a tincture bring the alcohol, high proof vodka works well, or if you want to make salve/infused oil bring the oil.
If you have any chickweed in your chemical free yard, pick some and bring it with you! Ginny is bringing some goodies for us to try again – last week she brought a delicious dandelion pie and made some cooked dandelion greens for us to try. We all make tinctures to take home too. See the website for the recipes.
More info: Our regular meetings are the 2nd and 4th Monday’s of the month. Check our website for updates on what herb we will be talking about that week. The herb garden is located 2 miles north of Madison.
Please forward on this notice to anyone who may be interested. I have someone who wants to car pool either from Fitchburg where she is at or from downtown or east side. Please send me a note to carpool. There is almost always carpooling to our meetings, so send me a note if you are interested. Last week there were people who came from Mt. Horeb, downtown Madison, east side of Madison and North Bristol.
Jean Schneider
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Saturday April 16th Free Herb Talk and take-home DIY project

This Saturday is our first MAPG Herb Garden meet – with free talk and take-home DIY project on Dandelion.  Learn how to use as a medicine and a food and take a tincture home with you!  Join us!!

full info:

April 16th 1:00-4:00 Spring wake-up the garden with herb talk and DIY project.  We will be talking about dandelion, how to cook with as a foraged food, use as a spring tonic and make a tincture to use year-round.  Recipes and a handout will be provided.  If you want to do the take-away DIY project please bring a pint mason jar with lid and high proof alcohol (like Everclear) or high proof vodka to tincture the leaf.  Also, since dandelion is just starting to come up, if you have the opportunity to pick leaves and bring them with you that would be appreciated.  We expect to make a tasty saute to enjoy together.   Wear work clothes and if you have them bring gloves and pruning sheers/clippers.  Or just come as you are!  3919 Gray Road, DeForest.  Carpooling contact:  Jean 608-513-0016.

Regular herb talks start April 25th – end of September we meet on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month from 6:00-7:30pm.  Check the website for what to bring for the take-home DIY project.  Generally this will be for making tinctures and infused oils.

Jean Schneider,  608-513-0016

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