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Nicole Telkes

Wildflower School of Botanical Medicine

www.wildflowerherbschool.com

A practicing herbalist and registered herbalist in the American Herbalists Guild, Nicole Telkes is a writer, speaker, and naturalist from Austin, Texas. She has a background in botanical studies, plant conservation work, community activism, and herbal first-aid clinics. Telkes has spent the last 20 years traveling around wild and weedy corners of North America, studying and using bioregional native and naturalized medicinal plants, and she wrote the book Medicinal Plants of Texas. She’s the lead teacher and founder of the Wildflower School of Botanical Medicine.

Nicole will be speaking at the Mother Earth News Fair Online.

Workshops

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Wild Harvests: Weedcrafting

This second part of a three-part series will introduce you to the basics of foraging. Learn about plant identification; gathering plants; edible and medicinal weeds; ethical considerations; sustainability; and how to harvest, dry, and prepare plants for food and first aid. Your guide is Nicole Telkes, who has gathered from the wild since she was a child, and has taught extensively across North America on the subject. In this part, Nicole will bring you on a virtual guided plant walk to look at wild edibles and medicinals. She concentrates on some important medicinal and edible weeds to get started with as a forager, and then discusses sustainability guidelines when it comes to gathering from wild spaces.
Modern Homesteading

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Wild Harvests: Plant identification basics

This first part of a three-part series will introduce you to the basics of foraging. Learn about plant identification; gathering plants; edible and medicinal weeds; ethical considerations; sustainability; and how to harvest, dry, and prepare plants for food and first aid. Your guide is Nicole Telkes, who has gathered from the wild since she was a child, and has taught extensively across North America on the subject. One of the first things to consider when gathering from the wild is whether or not you can confidently identify a plant before gathering it. Nicole is formally trained in botany and ecology and guides you through the basics of getting started with botanical IDs, and gives you practical tips for future study.
Modern Homesteading

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Wild Harvests: Making extracts and recipes

This third part of a three-part series will introduce you to the basics of foraging. Learn about plant identification; gathering plants; edible and medicinal weeds; ethical considerations; sustainability; and how to harvest, dry, and prepare plants for food and first aid. Your guide is Nicole Telkes, who has gathered from the wild since she was a child, and has taught extensively across North America on the subject. Nicole demonstrates and discusses harvesting considerations when gathering from the wild, and brings you through her harvest of some wild edibles and medicinals so you can see different ways to enjoy your harvests as both food and first aid. She also leaves you with some takeaways to keep moving you forward on your path as a forager, especially when it comes to giving back to the wild.
Modern Homesteading

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The Joy of Cordial-Making: Recipes for stress and anxiety

Want to make life a little sweeter? This class will focus on practices to help you relieve stress and anxiety. Learn simple meditation techniques, recipes for cordials that help you relax and sleep better, and how to create a new rhythm when you've been emotionally sucker-punched. You'll need: a 16-ounce jar and lid, 2 cups of whiskey, 1 cup of honey or sugar, some fresh fruit such as pears or peaches, and 1 cup fresh or 1/2 cup dried herbs (choose from the list offered in class).
Natural Health

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Make Your Own Fire Cider: A spicy, sweet, and sour first-aid remedy

Learn all about a traditional herbal remedy that has gained a lot of notoriety in the past few years. Fire cider is a spicy, sweet, vinegar-based preparation often used to help relieve symptoms from colds and flu, especially respiratory congestion. The best part is that most of the ingredients can be found in the produce aisle or the garden! See how to make it, get your questions answered, and get tips and tricks for making it more unique. You'll need: a 16-ounce mason jar with a lid, a small onion, two heads of garlic, a 4-inch piece of horseradish, a hand of ginger, several chile peppers, some apple cider vinegar, and honey. Optional ingredients include: lemon, orange, rosemary, thyme, or other herbs.
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