Paw Paw Paradise Propagation and Advanced Foraging Adventure with Abby and Doug

Location:  Treasure Lake: Permaculture and Ecology Education Center, Petersburg, KY, 30 minues from downtown Cincinnati

Facilitators: Abby Artemisia and Doug Crouch

Date: August 31st, Saturday 9:30- 5

Day Cost:

  • $50 by May August 15th
  • $55 until August 30th

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Foraging food and herbs can be daunting. Education can cure overwhelm! We’ve gone plant walking before, but this is your chance to go deeper in. Dive deeper into botany to grasp a better understanding of plant identification. See demonstrations of correctly, safely, and ethically harvesting them in the field. Learn real world tips for processing and preserving these precious treats for food and medicine. With more time for adventuring into the forest, we’ll forge a stronger connection to each plant, making identification easier and creating experiences to burn them into our brain. Bring your questions, field guides, notebooks, and cameras, along with hiking boots, rain jackets, and water bottles. Abby will have her book, the Herbal Handbook for Homesteaders and her wildcrafted Appalachian herbal products for sale after class and during breaks.

Paw Paw Paradise is Doug’s vision for his Active Forest Enhancement Program at Treasure Lake. While it also includes other plants like spicebush, redbud, and musclewood, paw paw abundance is his motif.  He wants to spread this message to you, so we will forage paw paws in the field. We will learn the process of saving seeds through fruit processing.  He will walk you through the whole process, and show plants that he has propagated himself.  This will demystify lots of seed saving and propagation techniques, so you can spread paw paw paradise through the region in your lands and beyond.  

Immerse yourself in the forests, farmland, and wild and cultivated areas of Treasure Lake to learn tried and true tips and techniques from Doug and Abby for sustaining yourself on your own land and the wilds beyond. Take this opportunity to also network with like-minded folks, thus making lasting regional connections. A farm fresh foods lunch will be served and if we are lucky, some tasty forest delights like chicken of the woods! Bring pruners and basket just in case we run into prolific foraged foods (optional).


Abby Artemisia

Founder of the WANDER (Wild Artemisia Nature Discovery, Empowerment, and Reconnection) School, Botanist, Herbalist, & Professional Forager, Abby Artemisia, lives on the edge of Appalachia in South Carolina. She learned about plants playing in the Midwestern woods of Ohio, working on organic farms, an herbal apprenticeship, a bachelor’s degree in Botany from Miami University, and running her own tea business. She teaches about plant identification, native plants, and working with plants for food and medicine throughout the country. Her mission is to offer nature and herbal education, creating healing through connection with the natural world and each other, to create local and global health and prosperity. She is the author of The Forager’s Wild Edible and Herbal Plant Cards and The Herbal Handbook for Homesteaders, host of the Wander, Forage, and Wildcraft podcast, and co-founder of the new Sassafras School for Appalachian Plantcraft. (for the book) My podcast:

Doug Crouch

Trained as both a Permaculture Designer and Fish and Wildlife Manager, Doug has extensive knowledge surrounding landscape planning and food production systems. This regenerative design and implementation work spans the globe ranging in contexts and climates including tropical agro-forestry, Mediterranean organic gardening, and temperate suburban edible landscaping. To facilitate this work he founded TreeYo Permaculture thus building off his other formal training in small business management. Incorporating this knowledge and experience into sustainability educational programming has now become Doug’s main focus as he continues his ecological design and holistic development in various ecosystems.

More on Dougs Work: Project Examples His online Permaculture Book: TreeYo EDU

Host Site:

Treasure Lake with Dark Wood Farm

Treasure lake is local small business focused on recreation in nature which been in the Crouch family since 1984.  It’s a wonderfully scenic place hidden in the hills of the Northwestern Corner of Northern Kentucky and Boone County only 22 miles from downtown Cincinnati.  We have been hard at work developing the broad acre forest for bio-diversity and wild food abundance for nearly 20 years through active forest enhancement techniques pioneered by Doug.  With our thickets of spicebush and paw paw in the understory and towering hickories and oaks in the overstory, the wildlife love it here and we are sure you will too.  Camping is on one of our flat ridges that perch above the 12 acre lake and wetlands. The property also features Dark Wood Farm run by Annie Woods, a local growing local foods.  The farm runs a 50-person CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program from May- November and sell their produce to restaurants in the greater Cincinnati area. Furthermore, the following Permaculture elements and functions that can be experienced are:

  • Non Timber forest product development including a focus on wildlife management
  • Extensive Native Food Forest and specific management techniques to enhance this
  • Hot & Cold Composting (Vermiculture) systems for boosting soil life, picking up on waste streams, and cycling nutrients
  • Market Garden that feeds into local foods and creates employment
  • Tree Crop and mushroom production for further food resilience
  • Event and Festival hosting to create a cultural gathering point for many points of culture
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