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Katrina Blair

Katrina Blair began studying wild plants in her teens, when she camped out alone for a summer with the intention of eating primarily wild foods. She later wrote "The Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants of the San Juan Mountains" for her senior project at Colorado College, where she graduated with a biology degree. In 1997, she completed an MA from John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, CA, in holistic health education. She founded Turtle Lake Refuge in 1998, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to celebrate the connections between personal health and wild lands. She has taught sustainable living practices through John F. Kennedy University, San Juan College in Farmington, NM, and Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. She teaches internationally at retreats, festivals, and educational and healing events. She is also the author of a self-published cookbook, Local Wild Life: Turtle Lake Refuge's Recipes for Living Deep (2009).

Photo Credit: Cheryl Foley

    Katrina's Upcoming Events

    • Katrina Blair at The Ecology Center Store
      The Ecology Center Store, 2530 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley CA 94702
      October 22, 2014, 7:00 pm

      Katrina Blair will discuss her new book, "The Wild Wisdom of Weeds," at The Ecology Center Store in Berkeley, California on October 22 at 7:00 PM. Books will be available for sale and signing.

    • Katrina Blair at the Techno-Utopianism and the Fate of the Earth Conference
      New York Open Center, 22 East 30th Street, NYC NY
      October 25, 2014, 12:00 pm
    • Katrina Blair at Cobb Hill Community Center
      Cobb Hill Community Center, Hartland VT
      October 28, 2014, 6:00 pm

      Katrina will participate in a wild food and music evening at the Cobb Hill Community Center on October 28, starting at 6:00 PM.

    • Katrina Blair at San Juan Chapter of the Native Plant Society New Mexico Annual Meeting
      , San Juan New Mexico
      July 17, 2015, 12:00 pm

      Katrina Blair, author of "The Wild Wisdom of Weeds", will be present at the San Juan Chapter of the Native Plant Society New Mexico Annual Meeting on July 17-19, 2015.

    Katrina's Books

    The Wild Wisdom of Weeds

    13 Essential Plants for Human Survival

    The Wild Wisdom of Weeds is the only book on foraging and edible weeds to focus on thirteen weeds found all over the world, which together comprise a complete food source and extensive medical pharmacy and first-aid kit. Katrina Blair’s philosophy is sobering, realistic, and ultimately optimistic: If we can open our eyes to see the wisdom found in these weeds right under our noses, instead of trying to eradicate an “invasive,” we will achieve true food security. The Wild Wisdom of Weeds is about healing ourselves both in body and in spirit, in an age where technology, commodity agriculture, and processed foods dictate the terms of our intelligence.


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