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Processing Wild Foods and Home Grown Grains/Legumes

Course Overview

This class will be a deep dive in processing wild foods. Most commonly foraged and home garden foods are flavorful foods that simply need pulled off the plant or plucked out of the ground. These usually supplement our necessary calories and protein gained from other foods. We will efficiently on a home scale process various starches, large seeded fruits, nuts, seeds, pseudo grains, grains, and legumes. Unlocking starch processing gives access to a huge mostly unused resource. The starch can be used for noodles, a wide variety of ferments, and much more. We will flail, dance, and winnow various seeds and grains. We will press nuts for oil, crack nuts by a variety of methods, and make nut based milks and nut butters. Students will leave with foods processed in class. 

Foods utilized in the class will be: lotus, cattails, wild rice, yellow dock, hickory nuts, pecans, acorns, black walnuts, lambsquarters seeds, chokecherries, aronia berries, honey locust beans, oats, and field peas. The instructor will harvest these throughout the year to have in the class for processing.  Youth ages 10-15 are welcome with an accompanying adult; those age 16+ may register on their own.

Physical Ability/Skills Needed

  • This will be a pretty physical and hands-on class. All students are welcome. 


Fri, Dec 9th, 2022  –  Sun, Dec 11th, 2022

Course Details

Skill Levels: Beginner to Intermediate
Hours: 9am-5pm each day
Tuition: $300.00
Materials fee: $110.00

Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Eric Edgin
Eric Edgin
Grand Marais, MN

Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Ian Carr
Ian Carr
St Paul, MN

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Processing Wild Foods and Home Grown Grains/Legumes