Join us for an introduction to some of the native wild edible plants of Northwest Indiana. Such plants have been utilized by humans around the world for thousands of years for food, medicine, dyes, and building materials. However, much of the valuable knowledge that our ancestors possessed about these plants has been lost, This is unfortunate, as these wild edibles are far more nutritious and, often more delicious, than their cultivated counterparts. It is the purpose of this talk to provide an overview of wild edible and medicinal plants in our local area, and to encourage participants to reconnect with this important and extremely useful knowledge.
We will explore how these native plants form a central part of the local Native American cultures, including the Potawatomi and the Miami. Participants will learn some of the beliefs and best practices that indigenous peoples use when harvesting wild edibles and medicinals to ensure the sustainability of our ecosystems for future generations. In this fall workshop, I will highlight 5 of our most exciting (delicious) seasonal native wild edibles, providing information on ideal growing conditions, how and when to harvest, and how to prepare and eat them!