Backyard Wildcraft

Step outside. The plants are calling you.

 
"To move through the world recognizing, using, and tending the plants around you
is to be in relationship with your home; to find yourself always amongst friends." 


Backyard Wildcraft was born out of my desire to support and empower anyone and everyone in the Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion to engage with their botanical landscape.

To wildcraft is to gather and use what is freely growing, versus what is cultivated. To wildcraft is to embrace the generosity of our earth. Harvesting and utilizing with care can be a form of loving and tending.  You don't need a special degree to wildcraft; you only need to come to the plants with respect and care. Your ancestors knew and used the plants around them and so can you.











  • $16.00
  •  9/14/2022 04:45 PM - 9/14/2022 06:15 PM
  •   14900 Oregon 238, Grants Pass, OR, USA

As we transition into fall, the land is abundant with the offerings she has been growing since spring. This time of year is wonderful for finding nuts and seeds and berries. Join us to get to know some of the late summer wild medicinal and edible plants with Lauren Kemple of Backyard Wildcraft and the Oshala Herb Lab, in a mellow meander around the edges of Oshala Farm.

  • $60
  •  10/1/2022 10:00 AM - 10/1/2022 02:00 PM
  •   Selma, OR, USA

Write, sketch, and paint with materials your hands have crafted from nature’s abundance! Smoosh and simmer plant parts into exquisite colors – we’ll make gorgeous black ink from oak galls, rich brown ink from black walnut hulls, and one other locally harvested color. You’ll also get to play with many other colors of handcrafted inks. Finally we’ll experiment with various tools for using your inks, including handmade twig and feather dip pens. You’ll get hands-on learning, handouts, three inks to take home, and a pen of your own making.

  • $80
  •  10/29/2022 10:00 AM - 10/29/2022 03:00 PM
  •   Selma, Oregon, USA

The bounty of nature doesn’t end with summer! Explore the many useful roots, berries, bark, and nuts all around you during fall in the Illinois Valley. Learn basic botany and plant identification skills, and get to know medicinal, edible and otherwise usable plants in the field. Finally, we’ll ethically harvest ingredients to make a warm drink, bay nut “chocolates”, and an acorn treat.

  • $50.00
  •  7/13/2022 04:45 PM - 7/13/2022 06:45 PM
  •   14900 Oregon 238, Grants Pass, OR, USA

Making your own herbal salves and oils can be a hugely satisfying experience. We’ll use pre-infused herbal oil to make our own herbal first aid salve. Students will then make an herbal from several options of Oshala grown dried herbs, which they will take home to macerate (infuse). You’ll go home with a 2 oz jar of salve, a half pint of organic olive oil infusing with herbs, the basic skills and the recipes to make many more oils and salves on your own.

  • $80
  •  6/18/2022 10:00 AM - 6/18/2022 04:00 PM
  •   1241 Illinois River Rd, Selma, OR 97538, USA

Expand your foraging knowledge and explore the useful flora all around you in the Illinois Valley. Learn basic botany and plant identification skills, which plants are edible and have medicinal uses, as well as various extraction and medicine making methods. Finally you’ll get hands-on practice at making tinctures and more with plant material gathered during your exploration in the field. Field day is easy (car travel with short stops, up to 1 mile of hiking). Ages 12+ welcome.

  • $50.00
  •  6/8/2022 04:45 PM - 6/8/2022 06:45 PM
  •   14900 Oregon 238, Grants Pass, OR, USA

This class is full! Please email me to get on the waitlist. Tinctures (alcohol extracts*) are a very resource efficient, highly absorbable, and shelf stable medium for medicinal herbs. One of the drawbacks for many people is that they tend to be quite expensive. For the same price as a 4 ounce tincture at the store, you will leave this class with more than four ounces of fresh-plant tincture of your own making. You can choose between several fresh seasonal medicinals, which you’ll harvest right from the ground at Oshala. You will also gain the skills to continue making these extracts (both fresh and dry plant tinctures), and deepen your relationship with your medicine.

  • $123.00
  •  5/28/2022 10:00 AM - 5/28/2022 04:00 PM
  •   Williams, Oregon, USA

***This class is being postponed till later this summer. *** I am so excited to be collaborating with local calligrapher and artist, Kate Clark for this day long workshop! It is sure to inspire you! It will be held at a beautiful private residence in Williams, and you'll be fed a delicious lunch and great wine! We'll make three different botanical inks to take home, and play with other colors. Sticks and feathers will become our writing tools and we'll have empty markers, brushes, and glass dip pens to use as well. Kate will lead us in making a simple journal and share some very basic calligraphy tips.

  • $33
  •  5/22/2022 10:00 AM - 5/22/2022 12:00 PM
  •   620 North Mountain Avenue, Ashland, OR, USA

We’ll explore some natural botanical inks, and then do a hands-on activity with oak galls. How do these natural oddities form, and how can they be transformed for creative human uses? You’ll make your own oak gall ink, experiment with various implements for writing or sketching. Wear clothes that might get dirty/stained.

  • $50.00
  •  5/11/2022 04:45 PM - 5/11/2022 06:45 PM
  •   14900 Oregon 238, Grants Pass, OR, USA

Write letters, write poems, sketch and doodle and paint with materials your hands have crafted from nature’s abundance! Join Lauren Kemple of Backyard Wildcraft and the Oshala Herb Lab, for a morning of smooshing and simmering plant parts into exquisite colors! We’ll make gorgeous black ink from oak galls (those funny balls that grow on oak trees) and one other color of locally sourced ink. You’ll also get to try many other colors of handcrafted inks. We’ll experiment with various tools for using your inks, including handmade twig and feather dip pens. Materials will be available to make your own dip pens during class or at home. You’ll get hands-on learning, handouts, two inks to take home, materials for a pen of your own making, and a journal for taking notes.

  • $12
  •  4/15/2022 09:30 AM - 4/15/2022 10:45 PM
  •   620 North Mountain Avenue, Ashland, OR, USA

Explore the gardens and natural area of North Mountain Park while developing an understanding of how to identify and ethically harvest plants for food, medicine and more. (*note: non-educational harvesting at North Mountain Park is prohibited). Learn about the uses and benefits of multiple wild and cultivated herbs while enjoying a nature stroll. By the end of the program, students will feel confident in identifying several plants and their many uses. Novice to intermediate students will enjoy this class as there is always something new to learn! Bring pen and paper for notes, a camera/phone for photos if desired and anything else needed to stay comfortable (water bottle, sun hat etc.)

  • $16.00
  •  4/13/2022 04:45 PM - 4/13/2022 06:15 PM
  •   14900 Oregon 238, Grants Pass, OR, USA

Springtime is here and the land is alive with magic! Celebrate this vibrant time of year by joining Lauren Kemple of Backyard Wildcraft and the Oshala Herb Lab, for a meander around the edges of Oshala Farm to greet some medicinal and edible wild spring beauties.

  • $0.00
  •  3/5/2022 09:30 AM - 3/5/2022 10:45 AM
  •   Jacksonville, OR, USA

Spring time is just about to burst and the woodlands are alive with impending magic! Celebrate this vitality-filled time of year with a meander through a mellow area of the woodlands to greet some spring beauties. We'll get to know various common and not-so-common wild spring edible and medicinal plants. Group size will be limited so pre-register to ensure your spot. Drop-ins welcome only if there is space. This walk is offered as a free gift just because I love my botanical and human community! Kids are welcome with supervision, though content will be geared towards adults. Bring a notebook and something to write with and all your love for this beautiful land where we live!

  • $50.00
  •  11/19/2021 10:00 AM - 11/19/2021 12:30 PM
  •   The Miners' Bazaar

**Class cancelled due to low enrollment. Reach out if you’re interested in another wild foods class this winter, otherwise stay tuned for more spring of 2022! ** Amongst the striking beauty of a changing fall forest exists a bounty of food. Join Lauren of Backyard Wildcraft for a morning of cooking up some of this abundance. We’ll learn about identification and respectful harvesting of several locally abundant wild foods. You’ll get hands-on experience and recipes for making acorn muffins, California bay nut truffles (they really taste like chocolate + coffee!), and a warming tea blend with extra to take home. Cost of class includes one drink from the Miners' Bazaar menu, treats and recipes + a bag of the tea we will create together Sliding scale option available, contact me for info. Space is limited. Dress warmly as we’ll spend most of the time outside on the covered patio area.

  • $50
  •  10/30/2021 12:00 AM - 10/30/2021 02:00 PM
  •   5 N Main St, Ashland, OR, USA

Write letters, write poems, sketch and doodle and paint with materials your hands have crafted from nature’s abundance!

  • $70
  •  10/23/2021 10:00 AM - 10/23/2021 03:15 PM
  •   Selma, Oregon, USA

The bounty of nature doesn’t end with summer! Join us to learn about harvesting many of the useful roots, berries, bark, and nuts that can be found in the fall months. Spend time in the field identifying, learning the benefits of, and collecting local flora. Then get hands-on practice preparing your own medicinal tincture, as well as some warm fall treats and teas. Ages 12 and up welcome! *Field hike is easy: car travel with short stops, up to 1 mile of hiking

  • $50.00
  •  10/13/2021 04:00 PM - 10/13/2021 06:00 PM
  •   14900 State Hwy 238, Grants Pass, OR, USA

Join me, Lauren Kemple, at beautiful Oshala Farm in Provolt, for another class on how to make your own fresh plant tinctures! This time we'll be tincturing roots.

  • $50.00
  •  9/26/2021 10:00 AM - 9/26/2021 12:00 PM
  •   235 East California Street, Jacksonville, OR, USA

Write letters, write poems, sketch and doodle and paint with materials your hands have crafted from nature’s abundance!

  • $12
  •  9/16/2021 05:15 PM - 9/16/2021 06:30 PM
  •   620 N Mountain Ave, Ashland, OR
  •  9/12/2021 12:30 PM - 9/12/2021 02:30 PM
  •   5 North Main Street, Ashland, OR, USA

If you have been curious about how to begin your wildcrafting journey, this class is for you.

  • $50.00
  •  9/8/2021 04:30 PM - 9/8/2021 06:30 PM
  •   14900 State Hwy 238, Grants Pass, OR, USA

Rescheduled for September 8th! Join me, Lauren Kemple, at beautiful Oshala Farm in Provolt, for a class on how to make your own fresh plant tinctures!

  •  8/15/2021 12:30 PM - 8/15/2021 02:30 PM
  •   5 North Main Street, Ashland, OR, USA

If you have been curious about how to begin your wildcrafting journey, this class is for you.

  • $12
  •  6/27/2021 11:00 AM - 6/27/2021 12:15 PM
  •   North Mountain Avenue, Ashland, OR, USA

Explore the gardens and natural area of North Mountain Park, while developing an understanding of where to find and how to harvest useful plants (*note: non-educational harvesting at North Mountain Park is prohibited). Learn about the uses and benefits of several wild and cultivated herbs, while enjoying a nature stroll. There will be new things to see in each walk, take one or both of them. Novice to intermediate students will enjoy this class, there is always something new to learn! This class will be held outdoors, masks and safe physical distancing are required.

  • $70
  •  6/5/2021 09:30 AM - 6/5/2021 04:30 PM
  •   Selma, OR, USA

Expand your foraging knowledge and explore the local flora of the Illinois Valley! Learn basic botany and plant identification skills, types of useful plants in the area and how to ethically harvest them, as well as various extraction and medicine making methods. Finally we’ll try our hand at making tinctures with plant material gathered during our explorations in the field. Ages 12 and up welcome! With Lauren Kemple and Erin McKinsey

  • $12
  •  5/23/2021 11:00 AM - 5/23/2021 12:15 PM
  •   North Mountain Park, Ashland, OR

Explore the gardens and natural area of North Mountain Park, while developing an understanding of where to find and how to harvest useful plants (*note: non-educational harvesting at North Mountain Park is prohibited). Learn about the uses and benefits of several wild and cultivated herbs, while enjoying a nature stroll. There will be new things to see in each walk, take one or both of them. Novice to intermediate students will enjoy this class, there is always something new to learn! This class will be held outdoors, masks and safe physical distancing are required.

  •  5/8/2021 10:00 AM - 5/8/2021 11:15 AM
  •   Jacksonville, OR, USA

Spring time is here and the woodlands are alive with magic! Celebrate Mothers' Day weekend by joining me and herbalists Rhonda Brown and Joyce Stahmann, for a meander through a mellow riparian area of the woodlands to greet some spring beauties. We'll get to know bleeding heart, Lomatium dissectum, and other common and powerful plants. Preregistration required (use registration form OR email backyardwildcraft@gmail.com) Group size will be kept small. This walk is offered as a gift to the community in honor of Mothers' Day and Beltane. Donations will be accepted but not expected. Kids are welcome though content will be geared towards adults. Bring a notebook and something to write with.

  •  3/18/2021 07:00 AM - 3/21/2021 09:10 PM

Plant Spirit Herbalism Summit: on Connecting with Plant Consciousness and the Healing Wisdom of Nature with 30+ Herbalists and Plant Spirit Healing Experts. Join us for 4 days of amazing speakers! Check out my talk on Saturday, March 20, 1:30 PM PDT. "Begin Where You Are: Plant Spirits in Your Backyard."

  • $70
  •  5/17/2020 10:00 AM
  •   Williams, OR, USA

With Erin McKinsey and Lauren Kemple A day long class through the Siskiyou Field Institute, exploring edible and medicinal plants in the field, learning some basic medicine making techniques and making wild weed pesto.

  • $12
  •  4/26/2020 02:00 PM - 4/26/2020 03:30 PM
  •   North Mountain Park Nature Center

Erin McKinsey and Lauren Kemple are back at North Mountain Park again for a springtime plant walk.

  • $8.00
  •  3/7/2020 11:00 AM - 3/7/2020 12:15 PM
  •   The Miner's Bazaar

Join Lauren to explore the medicinal and edible plants that are beginning to pop up in early spring in Jacksonville.

Lauren Kemple

Lauren (she/her) is the founder of Backyard Wildcraft which inspires and guides people in engaging with their botanical landscape. She’s a community herbalist and medicine maker trained in the Vitalist lineage as well as a wild foods enthusiast and botanical craft maker. Lauren leads community plant walks and classes, offers personalized backyard consultations and works at Oshala farm. She lives in the Bear Creek watershed in Southern Oregon with her family.

  • $12
  •  6/27/2021 11:00 AM - 6/27/2021 12:15 PM
  •   North Mountain Avenue, Ashland, OR, USA

Explore the gardens and natural area of North Mountain Park, while developing an understanding of where to find and how to harvest useful plants (*note: non-educational harvesting at North Mountain Park is prohibited). Learn about the uses and benefits of several wild and cultivated herbs, while enjoying a nature stroll. There will be new things to see in each walk, take one or both of them. Novice to intermediate students will enjoy this class, there is always something new to learn! This class will be held outdoors, masks and safe physical distancing are required.

  • $70
  •  6/5/2021 09:30 AM - 6/5/2021 04:30 PM
  •   Selma, OR, USA

Expand your foraging knowledge and explore the local flora of the Illinois Valley! Learn basic botany and plant identification skills, types of useful plants in the area and how to ethically harvest them, as well as various extraction and medicine making methods. Finally we’ll try our hand at making tinctures with plant material gathered during our explorations in the field. Ages 12 and up welcome! With Lauren Kemple and Erin McKinsey

  • $12
  •  5/23/2021 11:00 AM - 5/23/2021 12:15 PM
  •   North Mountain Park, Ashland, OR

Explore the gardens and natural area of North Mountain Park, while developing an understanding of where to find and how to harvest useful plants (*note: non-educational harvesting at North Mountain Park is prohibited). Learn about the uses and benefits of several wild and cultivated herbs, while enjoying a nature stroll. There will be new things to see in each walk, take one or both of them. Novice to intermediate students will enjoy this class, there is always something new to learn! This class will be held outdoors, masks and safe physical distancing are required.

  •  5/8/2021 10:00 AM - 5/8/2021 11:15 AM
  •   Jacksonville, OR, USA

Spring time is here and the woodlands are alive with magic! Celebrate Mothers' Day weekend by joining me and herbalists Rhonda Brown and Joyce Stahmann, for a meander through a mellow riparian area of the woodlands to greet some spring beauties. We'll get to know bleeding heart, Lomatium dissectum, and other common and powerful plants. Preregistration required (use registration form OR email backyardwildcraft@gmail.com) Group size will be kept small. This walk is offered as a gift to the community in honor of Mothers' Day and Beltane. Donations will be accepted but not expected. Kids are welcome though content will be geared towards adults. Bring a notebook and something to write with.

  •  3/18/2021 07:00 AM - 3/21/2021 09:10 PM

Plant Spirit Herbalism Summit: on Connecting with Plant Consciousness and the Healing Wisdom of Nature with 30+ Herbalists and Plant Spirit Healing Experts. Join us for 4 days of amazing speakers! Check out my talk on Saturday, March 20, 1:30 PM PDT. "Begin Where You Are: Plant Spirits in Your Backyard."

  • $70
  •  5/17/2020 10:00 AM
  •   Williams, OR, USA

With Erin McKinsey and Lauren Kemple A day long class through the Siskiyou Field Institute, exploring edible and medicinal plants in the field, learning some basic medicine making techniques and making wild weed pesto.

  • $12
  •  4/26/2020 02:00 PM - 4/26/2020 03:30 PM
  •   North Mountain Park Nature Center

Erin McKinsey and Lauren Kemple are back at North Mountain Park again for a springtime plant walk.

  • $8.00
  •  3/7/2020 11:00 AM - 3/7/2020 12:15 PM
  •   The Miner's Bazaar

Join Lauren to explore the medicinal and edible plants that are beginning to pop up in early spring in Jacksonville.