Empty Bowls Project
Saturday, September 23, Drop in between 10 am - 4pm; FREE
Syzygy Tile, 106 N. Bullard St.
Come to this FREE event, and glaze a clay bowl. After firing the bowls will be sold (filled with soup!) during an Empty Bowls fundraiser on October 28th. All proceeds will benefit our local food pantry.
Join this fun River Festival event! All materials will be provided. River themes are encouraged.
All ages welcome: children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
Acorn Processing with John Slattery
Saturday, September 23, 11 am - 12:30 pm; $10
The Volunteer Center
Oaks are mighty, but so are acorns. In southwest New Mexico, there are several species of native oaks, all of which produce edible acorns. In this hands-on workshop, botanist, herbalist, and forager John Slattery, will introduce the group to the mighty acorn, emphasizing both its lore and its practical uses. Through hands-on processing and discussion, participants will learn all about acorns, ending with an acorn feast.
Workshop leader John Slattery offers trainings in bioregional herbalism, foraging, field botany, plant energetics, wildcrafting, herbal medicine, and plant-focused cultural trips to Sonora, Mexico to visit with indigenous herbalists. He is the author of Southwest Foraging.
Mesquite 101 with the Mesquitos
Saturday, September 23, 8 am - 9:15 am; $10
The Volunteer Center
Native Americans of the Southwest made extensive use of mesquite, utilizing every part of the plant. In the desert southwest, it was the single most useful plant, with flowers and pods eaten fresh, ripe pods ground into flour, and the wood used for many purposes. Mesquite is highly variable, growing as a shrub in arid locations, and a small tree along waterways. Mesquite is currently enjoying a revival, as people rediscover its delicious and healthful qualities. In this introduction to contemporary uses of mesquite pods, the Mesquitos will demonstrate use of a mesquite mill and show participants how to use mesquite flour in baked goods. Since the “proof is in the pudding,” participants will bake simple mesquite treats in solar ovens and taste the yummy results.