Traditional Acorn Processing & Campfire Cooking

Traditional Acorn ProcessingOak trees have played a critical role in early human history around the world providing shelter, endless utilitarian applications, and most importantly–food.

Acorns, the nut of the oak tree, have been, for many ancient cultures, a staple food around which daily life often times revolved. Native Californians would tend the vast oak woodlands to improve the health and overall crop yield of the forest upon which their families would rely as a primary food source.

Although countless plants and animals rely on oak trees for survival, most acorns are inherently toxic to humans and must undergo special processing to be transformed into a tasty and nutritious food.

In this class, you will:

  • Learn how native Californians gathered & stored acorns as food
  • Use ancient methods to shell and grind acorns into flour
  • Leach acorn meal using both hot and cold techniques
  • Learn various methods of cooking acorn ash cakes over an open fire
  • Taste a variety of nutritious & delicious, wild, native foods

This is a relaxed class for the family in a beautiful, wild, outdoor environment. Children under five years of age may attend free of charge with a registered adult.

Class Date: Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 (9am – 1pm)

Location: Santa Monica Mountains, Calabasas, CA

mortarbowls-300x200Early Bird Registration (ends June 6th): ……. $40
Standard Registration ……………………….…….. $50

*Additional details, including directions and what to bring, will be provided after sign up below.


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A great deal of staff time and expense is invested into the preparation and organization of individual classes. It is difficult and oftentimes impossible to recover costs and/or find a student to replace a cancelled registrant and so our cancellation and refund policies reflect this. Full refunds, minus $15 administrative fee for single day classes and a $30 admin fee for multi-day classes, are given to registrants who cancel with at least 7 days notice of the event. Cancellations made less than 7 days of the event forfeit a refund.


We understand that emergencies and unforeseen circumstances do happen.As such we offer the courtesy of transferring your fees to a different class within six months of the originally scheduled class minus the respective admin fee. For example, a single day $50 workshop cancelled the day before may be transferred to a multi-day $100 workshop the following month. The total balance due would be $60 ($100 multi day – $50 single day transfer + $10 single day admin fee). Cancellations made within 24 hours of the scheduled class start time and no-shows, forfeit the option of a fee transfer however a 20% off voucher may be given towards your next class of equal value.

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