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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 Book Release Party
      2700 Main Avenue, Durango CO 81301
      January 5, 2015, 6:30 pm

      Join Katrina Blair on Monday, January 5th at the Durango Recreation Center for the Release Party of "Wild Wisdom of Weeds." This event will begin at 6:30 PM (MT).

    • Katrina Blair at Western Wild Edible and Eastern Herbology
      848 East 3rd Ave. , Durango CO 81301
      January 8, 2015, 6:00 pm

      Katrina Blair will co-teach a workshop on Western Wild Edibles and Eastern Herbology with Hiroki Ide at Turtle Cafe. This course will run on January 8, 15, and 22 from 6-8 PM. Suggested donation for all 3 classes is $88.

    • Katrina Blair at Between the Covers Bookstore
      Between the Covers, Telluride CO
      January 20, 2015, 6:30 pm

      Katrina Blair will discuss her new book, " The Wild Wisdom of Weeds," at Between the Covers Bookstore in Telluride on January 20 at 6:30 PM. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.

    • Katrina Blair at Shelburne Farms
      Shelburne Farms, Shelburne VT
      February 2, 2015, 6:30 pm

      Katrina Blair will speak and give a powerpoint presentation based on her book, "The Wild Wisdom of Weeds" at Shelburne Farms on February 2. More details to come.

    • Katrina Blair at the University of Vermont Health Center
      The University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington VT 05401
      February 3, 2015, 6:30 pm
    • Katrina Blair at PASA Farming for the Future Conference
      215 Innovation Boulevard , State College PA 16803
      February 4, 2015, 12:00 pm

      Katrina will teach a full day program, in addition to two shorter workshops at the 2015 PASA Farming for the Future Conference in State College, PA on February 4-7.

    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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