Backyard Wildcraft

Step outside. The plants are calling you.

 

What is growing beneath your feet?


"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.











Serving Southern Oregon


Events


  • $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 with nature’s abundance!

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  • $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

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  • $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.

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  • $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!

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  •  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.

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  • $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.

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  • $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

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  • $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.

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  •  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.

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  •  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."

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  • $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.

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  • $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.

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  • $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.

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About Lauren


Lauren Kemple

Lauren (she/her) is the founder of Backyard Wildcraft which inspires people to attend to the land beneath their feet and nurture relationships with plants. She’s a community herbalist and medicine crafter trained in the Vitalist lineage. 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.

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Events


  • $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.

Read More
  • $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

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  • $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.

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  •  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.

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  •  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."

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  • $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.

Read More
  • $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.

Read More
  • $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.

Read More