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Wed, Aug 03


Harvest Preserve

Forage for Primitive Fire

Fire-making is a fundamental survival skill that will boost your confidence and increase your enjoyment when hiking and camping.

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Forage for Primitive Fire
Forage for Primitive Fire

Time & Location

Aug 03, 2022, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT

Harvest Preserve, 1645 N Scott Blvd, Iowa City, IA 52245, USA

About the Event

Yeah, it’s easy to make a fire with newspaper and a lighter, but wouldn’t it be more fun to start that blaze by employing methods and materials our ancestors used for thousands of years? (And many foraged greens are more palatable in a hot soup.)

During this class, you will learn the basics of fire-starting using a bow drill, flint-and-steel, and a ferro rod. Identifying ideal species of trees, barks and grasses will be covered along with how to process those natural materials.

Regardless of your skill level, you will leave with an improved understanding of how to successfully make a fire.

Please note…

  • Sharp tools will be used: knives and tree saws
  • Hot embers and fire will be created
  • Only participants 15 years or older can attend

You are invited no matter your level of outdoor experience. 

Yummy snacks generously provided by New Pioneer Co-op.


  • Standard attire and sun protection for hands-on outdoor learning: hat, leather gloves, jeans, sunscreen.
  • Water bottle (optional).
  • Notebook and a pen/pencil for writing and drawing (optional).
  • Sturdy outdoor knife with a fixed blade (optional).
  • Outdoor chair (optional).


Sliding scale fee: $25 - $0, based upon your access to resources.

This class is a part of a 4-class series. There is a 20% discount for registering for the series. (See separate Series: Forage Wild Edibles with Confidence registration.)

Harvest Preserve and Backyard Abundance members receive a 10% discount.

Attendance is capped at 12.


We need a minimum of 10 attendees to host the classes. Please invite friends and family to ensure the events happen as scheduled. We would love to meet your loved ones.


Taught by Fred Meyer, bushcrafter at Backyard Abundance. Fred offers years of experience as a permaculture designer, Master Gardener, hiker and wild edible forager to help you thrive in the outdoors.


We meet at Harvest Preserve, 1645 N Scott Blvd, Iowa City.


The event is held outside. Masks are optional. We will try to maintain 6' distancing.


This class was developed in collaboration with many community partners using grant funding from the Johnson County Community Foundation and the Roy A. Hunt Foundation. It would not be possible without these sponsors and supporters. Please frequent these generous organizations to thank them for donations of time, materials and funds.


  • Abundance of Resources

    This fee is for people with expendable income. This option allows you to assist others in attending our classes by “paying it forward” for those who have less access to opportunities.

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  • Traditional Resources

    This fee is for people who have the resources they need to make ends meet and can attend our classes at full cost.

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  • Reduced Access to Resources

    This fee is for people who are working hard to make ends meet on low wages and have less access to resources and opportunities.

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  • Under Resourced

    This option is for people who have low access to resources. Examples include those with income below the poverty line, people living with mental and physical health concerns, and people experiencing insecurity in basic needs attainment.

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