Katrina Blair

Katrina Blair began studying wild plants in her teens when she camped out alone for a summer to embrace a wild foods diet.  She later wrote “The Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants of the San Juan Mountains” for her senior project at Colorado College.  She completed a MA at John F Kennedy University in Orinda, CA in Holistic Health Education.  She founded Turtle Lake Refuge in 1998, a non-profit, whose mission is to celebrate the connection between personal health and wild lands. Turtle Lake Refuge includes a wild local living foods café, sustainable education center and community farm.  Katrina teaches permaculture and wild edible and medicinal classes locally and globally.  She is author of several books including: “Local Wild Life- Turtle Lake Refuge’s Recipes for Living Deep” and “ The Wild Wisdom of Weeds: 13 Essential Plants for Human Survival.


Contact Information for Katrina Blair: 



Phone: 970-317-0988


Katrina’s Talks

Mycoremediation: Using mushrooms to remediate land exposed to chemical toxicity
Mushrooms are a key ingredient in breaking down toxicity into inert compounds. This presentation documents the current mycoremediation project on a 2 acre plot of land that was previously the headquarters for a herbicide and chemical fertilizer company. The cleanup of the land that is underway and steadily being transformed and integrated into Turtle Lake Community organic gardens.

Choice Edible and Medicinal Plants and Mushrooms of Colorado
Join Katrina Blair for a slide show walkabout of the delicious and nutritious foods and medicines of our area. Learn about the edible berries, leaves, roots and seeds of the local plants as well as some choice mushrooms that can be integrated into daily meals or appreciated as a trail snack.