Nettles from Harvest to Plate (Sat. 5/20/18)


Nettles from Harvest to Plate (Sat. 5/20/18)


Saturday May 20, 2018


Eat Nettles…...Really?

Nettles are a delicious and nutritious wild food found all over the world. High in vitamins, trace minerals and vegetable protein, they add a healthy boost to your Spring diet.

Nettles have been used for centuries to treat allergy symptoms, arthritis pain, prostatitis, asthma and high blood pressure. Our focus is using herbs as food to bring the body nutrition that can’t be found at the grocery store.

In this workshop you will learn to identify and sustainably harvest nettles, as well as prepare a delicious nettle pesto.

Please bring garden gloves, a pair of scissors or small pruners and tick repellent. Long pants are optional, but advised.  

This workshop will be held at 88 Presbyterian Hill Rd., Stephentown, NY 12168.

Led by Maria Spear!  Learn more about Maria below.

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About Maria

Maria Spear is a an avid forager and gardener who has over 25 years experience in the identification, harvest and preparation of wild plants. Maria has a deep respect for nature, and practices sustainable harvesting of wild foods.

Maria raised and fed her own children on foraged foods from the wild plants of Colombia and Berkshire Counties.  With a passion for natural and low impact food, she grows her own fruits and vegetables, and supports local farmers and farmer’s markets.   When not on walks or in her garden, Maria can be found in the kitchen where she expresses her creativity and her love of wild ingredients. She also cultivates and forages plants to make healing salves, tinctures and teas.  

Maria studied foraging under Linda Runyan, and she helped Linda develop numerous recipes for local foods. She has given guided local food walks at Bartholomew’s Cobble in Sheffield, MA, and she has taught individuals of all ages in the identification, harvest, preservation and preparation of wild edibles.

Maria is a board member at Wyomanock Center and lives with her husband in Stephentown, NY.