Back to All Events

Edible Perennial Veggies for Temperate Climates with Stephen Barstow

Around the World in 80 plants, Part 1:  This class will illustrate Stephen's story, an introduction to perennial vegetables, discussion of the importance of eating seasonally, and foraging in the wild.  The body of the talk will be a discussion of a selection of Stephen's top 80 edible perennials used in North America, Scandinavia, Western and Central Europe, and the Mediterranean.  Plants of the Mediterranean will be introduced on and continued in the talk at Taborspace on Monday.

Suggested donation: $10-25.  If you have financial constraints which would deter you from attending, please do not feel obliged to contribute. We would like all to be able to attend this talk. 

Space is limited, so pre-registration is advised.  There is a small fee to purchase tickets in advance, which is 99 cents plus 3.5% of the cost of the ticket.  If you do not want to pay that service fee, there may be space available on the day of the talks, but perhaps not.  If you wish to register or purchase tickets, please click the following link.  There will also be a description of the talk on Monday at Taborspace when you click this link.

Edible perennials can be some of the easiest and most productive veggies to grow, as well as the most nutritious and tastiest to eat.  They are resilient to climate variability.  Growing them sequesters carbon in the soil.  Stephen Barstow has trialed 3000 varieties of edible perennials in over 30 years of gardening on 1/4 acre in near-arctic Norway, and has impeccably accurate and encyclopedic knowledge on the subject.  

Stephen's brilliant new book, "Around the World in 80 Plants: An Edible Perennial Vegetable Adventure for Temperate Climates" is believed by many to be the best book on the subject.  It has received numerous excellent reviews.  An experienced, skilled, delightful, generous and empowering teacher, Stephen shares knowledge about use and cultivation of edible perennials learned from his own experience and from people in cultures around the world.   He acquired this knowledge from groups keeping the traditions alive, from diligent research and experimentation, and from extensive world travel as an oceanographer.  

Many of the plants that he will discuss are completely new to most of us, many are common in gardens, many are viewed as "weeds."   The keywords here are accessibility and empowerment.  Most of the plants are leafy greens.

Stephen will also share resources and research techniques.  There will be opportunities for questions.

Earlier Event: August 30
DIY Pickling
Later Event: August 31
Member-Owner Yoga