Join us for an introduction to some of the wild edible plants of the Indiana Dunes region. You will begin with an overview of some of the plants that have been used for thousands of years at different points in the year. Participants will learn some of the essential beliefs and practices that indigenous peoples worldwide use when approaching plants for use as food or medicine. These are especially important because they ensure the sustainability of our ecosystems for the next generations. These ancient traditions look at plants as our relatives who we must treat with the utmost respect.
You will also learn how to identify specific plants that are used for food and/or medicine in our area. This will include an outdoor hike where participants will learn the kind of soli and conditions where each plant grows. They will also learn about companion plants and will distinguish any plants that might be poisonous lookalikes. The workshop will include an indoor component where you will enjoy some simple foods and infusions/teas. Each participant will receive a handout with pictures of the plants and explanations of how to find, prepare and enjoy them at home.