Andy Firk practices permaculture at Bamboo Grove Farm in Arcadia, Florida, where he houses a collection of hundreds of medicinal species. Learn more about Andy’s work at his website.
Andy’s 2019 Florida Herbal Conference classes are:
EDIBLE AND MEDICINAL SEAWEEDS OF FLORIDA
Florida is home to approximately seven hundred species of macroalgae (known collectively as “seaweeds”). Andy will detail easy classification and identification of common edible and medicinal species, nutritional value, preparation and dehydration, recipes, hazards and pollution issues, and more. Join Andy in this colorful, easy to follow slideshow, as he beachcombs and snorkels his way around Florida’s coastline. Learn the difference between the three main types of seaweeds, reds, greens, and browns, and why some have much less toxins in them than others and why the “browns” are not true plants. Learn also the top ten seaweeds to target as edible “driftweed,” those that wash up after storms… including common Dead Man’s Fingers, Caulerpa-Seagrapes, Graceful Redweed, and Dragon’s Tongue. It is common to harvest edible seaweeds in Japan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Hawaii, Oregon, Maine, Scotland, and many other places worldwide… let’s make Florida one of those places!
WILD AND EDIBLE MEDICINAL PLANT WALK
Andy has led numerous plant walks on the beautiful land of Camp La Llanada, located on the western side of Tiger Lake. We will casually stroll the edges and discuss whatever plants we encounter. This is a floristically-diverse property, so look forward to some rare finds!