Edible and Medicinal Plants

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The Verde Valley is home to hundreds of edible and medicinal plants we can use in healing practices. In this class we will take a walk by the Verde River and identify useful edible and medicinal plants.


When and Where?

On Saturday June 10th 2023 starting at 11:00am and ending around 2:00pm we meet at the White Bridge access point in Camp Verde, Arizona. We will first meet in the main parking lot on the side of the road (look for the Primitive Lifeways truck)White Bridge does not come up on Apple Maps. The easiest way to find it is use Google Maps and type in "White Bridge Picnic Area. If not, when heading South on Hwy 260 it will be off the the right with signs posted off the Hwy. When you cross the bridge, it will be off to the right. After meeting in the parking lot, we will take a short hike into the wilderness and start our class. 



This workshop will cost $40.00 per person. Click the Register Now button below. *Please register ahead of time so we know how much materials to bring**

What to Expect?

After talking this class you will be able to identify many edible and medicinal plants next to the Verde River. Each student will understand how to process the plants, gather ethically, and prepare them for food and medicine. Here are just a few plants we will cover: 

Lambs Quarters
Wild Mustard
Wood Sorrel 
Box Elder
Yerba Mansa 
Wild Goji Berry (if available)
Mariposa Lily (if available)


The Finished Product

At the end of this class each student will have the opportunity to gather and enjoy the plants in a wild salad. Students will understand how to best enjoy and use the plant in daily living practices. Plants and trees used for bows, arrows, and other primitive applications will be covered too! 


What to Bring?

The Arizona desert is nothing to take for granted. Having spent over 30 years in a desert environment, Primitive Lifeways recommends you come prepared. As temperatures warm up we have the possibility of coming across rattlesnakes, bees, and wasps. If you are allergic to insect stings we recommend consulting your doctor before attending this gathering. Items to consider bringing include the following:

  • Snarp Knife
  • Lots of water (a gallon is recommended)
  • Sack lunch
  • Medications
  • Sunblock (natural or synthedic)
  • Electrolytes
  • Sandals
  • Swimming Wear (if you want to cool off in the river)
  • Note book
  • First aid kit
  • Rope
  • Cotton cloth
  • Food bowl