Throughout human history, across almost every continent, acorns have provided food for people – it’s a food that unites us all. “

-Tima Lotah Link, Cooking the Native Way (Chia Cafe Collective)

Acorns have been a valuable food source for native people in our region for thousands of years.  Some oaks produce hundreds of pounds of acorns on a single tree!  Though not commonly used by non-indigenous people in the United States, acorns can be harvested and used to delicious make food such as soup, bread, cakes, and flour.

In this workshop, participants will learn about local oak identification and acorn harvesting, processing, storage, and cooking. 

We’ll spend the day under the oak trees going through the indigenous process of foraging and processing acorns. Then we’ll learn how to cook and eat acorns safely, and share some great fall recipes to enjoy at home. Dishes will be made with native ingredients similar to what the indigenous people would have used. All ingredients will be nutritious, organic, and free of white sugar.

Can’t make it to the event but would still like to support this cause?

One of the goals of this fundraiser is to help us provide this class free of charge to public school students in diverse areas. Your donations will go directly toward funding the materials, staff and transportation needed to make these classes happen.


  • Taking a guided walking tour through Earthroots 39 acre property exploring the oak forests of Big Oak Canyon
  • Identifying local oak trees
  • Harvesting acorns
  • Processing acorns (crack, shell, pound, leach)
  • Learning how to use acorns for cooking (cook pancakes, share recipes)
  • Sharing oak/acorn stories and songs
  • Tasting dishes made with acorns

You may not realize that there is an abundant food source nearby, ready for harvesting! Acorns are nutritious, a good source of energy, and can be stored for long periods of time to be enjoyed throughout the year. They even help regulate blood sugar.

The patience, persistence and generosity of the oak tree is also a powerful source to take time with. The forest wants to feed us. Let’s give it a try.

In this four hour workshop, participants will learn about local oak identification and acorn harvesting, processing, storage, and cooking.  Learn how to forage, process, and eat acorns safely, and take home some great fall recipes to enjoy at home.

Earthroots staff running this program are volunteering their time so that 100% of the profits earned from this workshop will go towards Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts.

Who: All ages welcome

When: Sunday, November 7, 2021

Where: Big Oak Canyon

Time: 10am-2pm

Price: Minimum donation of $100 per person, age 3 and under is free

Donations are tax deductible. Check with your tax preparer.

Instructor Profile

Shane Brown

Tracker, craftsman, educator, and caretaker of Big Oak Canyon property. Shane also teaches ancestral arts, leads volunteer days at Big Oak Canyon, and teaches Spanish Immersion in Nature at Earthroots Field School. He is dedicated to learning and sharing the skills that it takes to be a human living in deep connection to other living things.

Karen Graham

Karen began her adventure with Earthroots in 2013 with her children in the Forest Kindergarten program shortly after moving to Orange County. She is a mother of four school aged children, and spending time with them outdoors is a priority. Karen was a public school teacher for 14 years in Long Beach, and she has a multiple subject teaching credential and a Master of Education in Dual Language Development. As Earthroot’s curriculum writer, she develops lessons that engage kids with the outside world. She also runs the Earthroots store and is an instructor. Karen is grateful for the opportunity to connect her two passions at Earthroots- her love of nature and teaching children.