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Harvest Intensive ~ Nettles

Harvest Intensive ~ Nettles

  • WHEN:  April 13, 2024
  • TIME:  9:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • FEE:  $125.00 USD
  • INSTRUCTOR:  Suzanne Tabert
  • SETTING:  In-Person
  • LOCATION:  Sandpoint, ID

(details & directions provided after enrollment)

Nettles are a harbinger of spring here in the Inland West. Much misaligned, those in the know (and those who want to be in the know) appreciate this this super green wild plant is a must in every herbalist’s apothecary. A day in the field with nettles is a joy, join us! Space is limited.

Stinging nettle, Urtica dioica, is a micronutrient-rich green that our bodies recognize as both food and medicine. Good nutrition is the crucial foundation for building a healthy body, mind and spirit. It’s one of the first medicinal plants to arrive in the spring and a much needed addition to our herbal apothecary.

Some common misconception are that nettles are “good for” adrenal fatigue, that a person should take them 6 -8 weeks before their seasonal allergies are triggered and that they can be harvested anytime. This can’t be farther from the truth. I’ll separate fact from fiction during our harvest time.

I am super excited to share my knowledge and experience of nettles with all of you! This is by far one of my favorite herbs to teach about; because they are so accessible, nettles are a wonderful example of how healing plants can be and how easy is is to incorporate them into a healthy lifestyle. Nettles are a “go-to” herb for improving your overall health. Whether you’re new to the world of herbalism or are well seasoned, this is a PERFECT place to start the season.

We will cover a great deal about how nettles are used medicinally, including case study stories, current research, and the specific phytochemicals in nettles which will give you the “why and how” nettles do what they do in the body, AND the best ways to work with them as both food and medicine. As I’ve worked with nettles for over 3 decades, I have a plethora of nettles stories to share. If you are familiar with nettles I am excited to hear about your experiences as well.

You will receive hands-on instruction for learning to accurately identify, harvest and prepare a variety of remedies. We will cover materia medica (medicinal uses), dosages, and more.

Each student will have an opportunity to harvest nettles, make and take home 2 remedies made from our nettle harvest, and sample nettle pesto, which will be made fresh right in the field. It is the best thing EVER!

Set your fears aside about its sting. I’ll teach you about what makes up the components in the sting and show you how both process the nettles corrected and to harvest nettles barehanded. Become comfortable with this valuable wild plant.


We will meet at the CMHS farmlet and carpool to a 100-acre farm at the end of Bottle Bay (address and directions will be emailed after enrollment). It’s bound to be a super fun and informative time for all!

The workshop is open to registered students only. Please do not bring unregistered guests, pets or children.

What to bring? How to prepare?

  • Kitchen gloves (not latex gloves or garden gloves – kitchen gloves specifically)
  • 1 pint jar
  • 1 pint apple cider vinegar
  • 1 half pint jar
  • 1 half pint 100 proof vodka
  • Gathering bag or basket
  • Scissors
  • Camp chair

Please dress for the weather – we will be out in the field all day!

WORKSHOP REFUND POLICY: Refunds will gladly be given minus a 20% processing fee up to 7 days before a community workshop. We have a no refunds policy for cancelling 7 days or less before a workshop and for no-shows. No exceptions can be made. Thank you for understanding. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you might have before registering.