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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 NOFA-NH Winter Conference
      144 South Street, Concord NH 03301
      January 31, 2015, 8:45 am

      On January 31st, Katrina Blair will present an intensive for the NOFA-NH Winter Conference at the Rundlett Middle School in Concord, New Hampshire.

    • Katrina Blair at Shelburne Farms
      1611 Harbor Rd. , Shelburne VT 05482
      February 2, 2015, 6:00 pm

      Katrina Blair will speak and give a powerpoint presentation based on her book, "The Wild Wisdom of Weeds" at the McClure Education Center, Sheburne Farms on February 2 from 6-8:00 PM. Registration for this event is encouraged, but not required.

    • Katrina Blair at the University of Vermont Health Center
      The University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington VT 05401
      February 3, 2015, 6:30 pm

      On February 3rd, Katrina Blair will speak at the University of Vermont Medical Center as part of the Healthsource Lecture Series. This event will run from 6:30-8:00 PM

    • Katrina Blair at PASA Farming for the Future Conference
      215 Innovation Boulevard , State College PA 16803
      February 5, 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 5-7.

    • Katrina Blair at Superfresh Cafe
      Superfesh Cafe, Brattleboro VT
      February 11, 2015, 6:00 pm

      Katrina Blair will teach a wellness class at the Superfresh Cafe in Brattleboro on February 11 from 6-8PM. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.

    • Katrina Blair at San Juan Chapter of the Native Plant Society New Mexico Annual Meeting
      , San Juan NM
      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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