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Living Earth School of Herbalism - Herbal Field Studies 

This is a series of seven full-day workshops running monthly from April to October. Participants will learn how to identify, harvest and use many wild herbs that grow in Ontario . At each field workshop they will also have the opportunity to make some kind of herbal preparation using herbs that they will harvest during the workshop.

The course begins with an online introductory class that establishes the theoretical foundation for the field workshops. The field workshops take place in various wilderness locations outside of the Toronto area. Whenever possible, carpooling will be arranged for participants who do not have vehicles.

For students who enrol in the Traditional Herbalist program that do not live in southern or central Ontario and are unable to attend the regularly scheduled field workshops, the field workshops will be included as an extension to the intensive workshops that make up the advanced part of the program.

Topics include:
Identifying local herbs through the various stages of their life-cycle; introductory botany and plant anatomy; the ecology of wild harvesting herbs; harvesting instructions for different herb species; drying herbs; making herbal preparations from fresh plants; the medicinal properties and uses of local herbs.

Prerequisite: Students must register for and complete the online introductory class as a prerequisite for attendance of any of the field workshops.

Required textbooks: Newcomb's Wildflower Guide (Lawrence Newcomb); Peterson Field Guide to Medicinal Plants of Eastern and Central North America (Steven Foster, James Duke).

Field workshops Dates:
Saturdays 10:30 am to 5:00 pm
Field workshops: April 20, May 25, June 15, July 6, 27, August 24, October 19.

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