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Wild Weed Class #2: Plant Taxonomy, Properties, & Cooking (Wild Weed Identification Series)

  • Wild Willow Farm & Education Center 2550 Sunset Avenue San Diego, CA, 92154 United States (map)

Class Description 
This 2nd of four 3-hour classes is an activity-based day. Students that have already completed the Farming 102 Plant Families Class and the prior Introduction to Weeds class will be well prepared, but will still benefit those with no prior experience. Topics to be covered for each family include historical and contemporary ethnobotanical uses, toxicity, ecology, and collection permitting in CA for foragers and educators.

We will gather data from sites around the farm and continue to build our personal plant portfolios. We will also practice preparing some simple wild foods in the kitchen.



  • Review Plant ID tools and resources
  • Plant families: Asteraceae, Brassicaceae, Chenopodiaceae, Polygonaceae
  • Identify suitable habitats for foraging
  • Harvesting, preparing, and cooking
  • Safety
  • Propagating and selecting wild plants

About the Course
This is a 4-class series introduction to the wild plants that are found in San Diego County. The focus will be centered around ethnobotany of plants, identification, harvesting, consumption of, and learning key characteristics and traits. It is not mandatory to take all 4 classes, but it is highly recommended to take at least the first class.

Class #1 "Intro to Botany and Foraging" 
Sunday August 19th 10AM-1PM

Class #2 "Plant Taxonomy, Properties, and Cooking" 
Sunday September 9th 10AM-1PM

Class #3 "Wild Herbal Medicines" 
Sunday September 30th 10AM-1PM

Class #4 "Poisonous Plants" 
Sunday October 14th 10AM-1PM

Purchase all 4 classes here:

Disclaimer: Class size is limited to ensure maximum participation. Acceptance into the class is on a first paid/first served basis. Once we are sold out, we can't guarantee a place in the class. Walk-up purchases the day of class will incur an additional $5 charge, so make sure you purchase by 11:30PM the night before class! Space or class materials are not guaranteed if you have not purchased a ticket online.

For any questions, please email

For more information visit:

Earlier Event: August 28
The Backyard Composting Basics Worksho
Later Event: September 9
Farm to Fork Week