Edible & Medicinal Plants Weekend, April 21-22

Workshop runs 8:30am Saturday - 2:30pm Sunday

After setting up camp, we’ll learn to discern the overwhelming and seemingly homogenous ‘wall of green’ with some fun botany activities.  We aspire to facilitate your connection to plants, rather than solely share what we've learned.  After a pot-luck lunch, we'll take an upland plant walk to practice implementing our new knowledge and identify some useful plants & trees. We will harvest some plants and allow them to wilt in preparation of medicine making on Sunday.  We may harvest some edible plants as well to add to our dinner salad.  To end Saturday, we’ll cook and eat dinner together and spend the evening around the campfire.  Musical instruments encouraged. 

After a night under the stars listening to coyotes, we’ll wake up Sunday morning and take a more rigorous plant walk in the canyons, identifying plants & trees in a different environment.    Later we will head back to the pavilion to make a medicinal salve for external use.   We will break for lunch, eating together.  Last, we'll discuss considerations in planning your herbal apothecary.  


As part of our mission to build community and increase people's comfort in the natural world, participants will be camping out for this workshop.  If tent camping is an edge for you, this is a safe, caring, and comfortable environment in which to try it out.  But do be prepared to experience the seasons as your ancestors did.  This ain't glamping! :)  We have a campground on the farm with a pavilion, tent sites, water, and primitive facilities (read outhouse).  There is no electricity available.   We have plenty of shade, a cold pool (1000 gallon stock tank continuously filled from our well) and an outdoor shower in our yard.  We will have coolers with ice and gas-fueled camp stoves in addition to the fire pit.  We'll sit around the campfire in the evening.  Musical instruments and marshmallows encouraged!

What to bring:

  • tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad
  • dishes/utensils, glass or cup
  • potluck lunch item for Saturday
  • Food for supper (we'll cook dinner together: basic stew ingredients will be provided)
  • Food for your breakfast and lunch Sunday, and any cooking supplies you might need
  • Cooler (no electricity is available at the campground
  • portable chair
  • sunblock
  • bug spray (there are ticks in the woods)
  • appropriate outdoor clothes and footwear
  • paper and pencil
  • headlamp
  • musical instruments if you are so inclined
  • anything else to help you feel comfortable (toothbrush, PJs, book, etc.)

What not to bring:

  • pets (please leave your sweet dog and other pets home; this is a working farm)
  • firearms
  • Even if you do get cell reception out here, please consider not using your phone this weekend.  There's nothing like deepening your connection to nature than being unplugged!

Fee:  We don't want income to be a barrier for anyone.  To cover our costs, we are asking each attendee to make a donation.  In order for us to break even, we hope to average $30 per person per day, or $60 for a weekend.  As subsistence farmers, we know not everyone has a lot of discretionary income.  Please come with whatever you can afford.  We're hoping those with more disposable income will donate as they are able and ideally cover the smaller donation of those on a more fixed budget.  For kids, consider a dollar per year of their age.  And we still need each participant to REGISTER - see below.

    1.  Each participant needs to make a refundable payment of at least $20 to save your space.  In order for us to honor our donation philosophy, this is just to reserve your space.  If you want to make your full donation at this time, feel free.  We are open to receiving them before, during, or immediately following the workshop.

    2. Next, drop us an email with your name, phone number, and mailing address (& those of everyone in your party):   In exchange, we'll send you directions.  

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    At Barefoot Farm we believe the land right here can sustain us - that it can provide all the food and nutrition we need to not just survive, but to thrive. We are trying to master how to feed ourselves here with the practices of gardening, raising animals, hunting, and foraging.

    2017 Events

    Girls Weekend, Sept 16-17

    Food Preservation August 19

    Outdoor/Primative Skills Weekend Campout June 17-18

    Goat Cheese & Small Home Dairy May 27

    Edible & Medicinal Plants weekend campout April 15-16

    Gardening Basics & Small Animal Husbandry March 18

    PAST workshops:

    In our Practically Green series, we aim to cultivate healthy, resilient communities and deepen our connection with the land by sharing how we implement permaculture concepts at our homestead. We are partnering with our good friends at the Ozark Tracker Society ( in offering these workshops. Resister with OTS.

    November 12 2011: Free Farm Expo / Open-House

    March 31, 2012: Gear up for the Growing Season with Raised Beds Get your hands dirty building a raised bed from start to finish. Build the frame with resources off of the land. Learn about best practices for compost and manure. Gain experience in soil building, mulching, weed control, irrigation, and planting. Learn the advantages of raised bed design and how these beds can fit into any scale garden or farm.

    June/July 2012: Celebrate summer: Wheat harvest Dates TBA as the wheat ripens. Join us in hand-harvesting this year’s wheat harvest and gain experience threshing and winnowing last year’s wheat berries. Come see for yourself if this is a practical addition to your farmstead. Learn how much bread can be made from our small plot. Taste whole wheat products. Reward your hard work by cooling off in our swimming pond. Potluck.

    September 2012: Preserving the Harvest  Learn to extend the season of providing for yourself by solar drying, root cellaring, fermenting, and/or canning.  An emphasis will be placed on the first three low-input methods. 

    Winter: Sharing the Harvest  Complete the cycle of the year by reflecting on lessons learned and visioning for the future. Come share a farming success story, or help us learn from your mistakes. Also share a meal as Karen provides an example of what to do with all those dehydrated and canned vegetables.

    Note: All workshops will be held outdoors. No air-conditioning is available on the premises, and facilities are primitive. Be prepared to experience the seasons as your ancestors did.

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