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Wild Foods from Dirt to Plate

July 21 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Portland, Oregon.

$25 – $50 sliding scale, children pay their age, see details.
This workshop covers many of the plants seen in the book: Edible Wild Plants: Wild Foods From Dirt to Plate, by John Kallas. Visit an organic farm and make a delectable wild gourmet salad on the spot with other participants. We’ll harvest traditional European edibles (growing as weeds) that the farmers would be pulling. Learn how to identify common, plentiful, nutritious, and flavorful wild vegetables in this adventure. Get real hands-on experience with plants you’ll see on a farm and in your own garden. Take advantage of these readily available sources of nutrients, and dietary variety. Traditional wild European edibles (gourmet greens and vegetables) plant themselves, enjoy the rich moist growing environment of the garden, and provide many seasons of foods that can add meal options you never dreamed of before. Once your learn these wild foods you can change from a “weeding” to a “harvesting” mentality in your own garden, yard, and neighborhood. Watch a news short on “Edible Weeds by Garden Time TV series here.

What to Bring

Bring footwear and clothing appropriate for harvesting on a farm and prepare for the weather – we’ll be outdoors the whole time. Bring a salad bowl, a fork, sharp scissors, white plastic bags (not clear or tan), and a spray mister (like you would spray house plants with to keep them moist). Salad dressing if you have special food requirements.

Meeting Site and Parking

Sauvie island is a 10 mile drive from downtown Portland. Go north towards St Helens on Hwy 30. Turn right onto the Sauvie Island bridge. We’ll meet at the parking lot on the far side of the island store – Sam’s Cracker Barrel Grocery, 15005 NW Sauvie Island Rd, Portland, OR. We’ll car pool and caravan from there to an organic farm. Ordinarily Tri-met bus #17 will take you to the bus stop – #8437 – Gilihan Rd and Sauvie Island Dr which is about 60 yards from the store. Here is a map to the store.

But there is no bus on Sundays.

Pricing Details

Sliding Scale Economics
Due to hard economic times for some, sliding scales are offered to support individual financial circumstances.  We ask participants to pay what they feel they can afford within the range offered for each workshop.  You decide what to pay using an honest assessment of your individual circumstances.  We do not ask anyone to explain their very personal decision.  The high end is a very reasonable price for these quality workshops for those who are doing well in this economy. Groups must contact us for circumstance-specific rates. Rendezvous have their own rates.
$3 Discounts are available on our Registration Form for adult family members that attend together, Native Americans, full time college students and scout leaders. Children (17 and under) must be accompanied by their parent(s). Children under 7 are free. Children 7 and above pay their age. Classrooms and teachers with students are not eligible for these discounts and must contact us for circumstance-specific rates.
Refund & Transfer Policies
If you cannot attend a workshop you registered for, and you contact us immediately, or at the latest, the last weekday before the event, you are entitled to a refund minus the following administrative handling fees: switching to another workshop = $3; sending you a refund check = $5. If you do not show up for a workshop you registered for, you forfeit the full amount paid.

Enrollment Limited! – Advanced registration reserves you a place in the workshop. Walk-ons may be turned away if our size limit is reached.

Download the REGISTRATION and WAIVER Forms. Print and fill out these forms and mail them with payment to: Wild Food Adventures, 422 SE 49th Ave, Portland, OR 97215. If there is space and your are a walk-on, bring the forms and payment with you. While you can register many times throughout the year, only a single waiver form is required per person per year (Jan 1 – Dec 31) for all our day events. Multi-day Rendezvous require an additional waiver.


July 21
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Dr. John Kallas


Organic Farm – Sauvie Island
15005 NW Sauvie Island Rd
Portland, OR 97231 United States
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