Foraging: The Hidden Harvest

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The Cherokee County Extension Office is offering a second seminar on finding and identifying wild foods in and around the garden. Last May, over 25 people attended this hands on seminar and most wanted us to offer another one. The class will again be taught by Dr. David Cozzo, an ethnobotanist, specializing in the relationship of the Cherokee to their botanical world. He is an Area Specialized Agent for the North Carolina Cooperative Extension based at the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians Extension Center and is the Project Director for the Revitalization of Traditional Cherokee Artisan Resources. He also teaches courses and has published articles on the nutritional and medical ethnobotany of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians.

The seminar will be held on Thursday May 26th starting 9:30 a.m. at Tri-County’s Center for Applied Technology (CAT) building in Marble. “Many of the plants we call weeds are quite tasty and often more nutritious and hardier than the crops we are trying to grow,” states Dr. Cozzo. This talk will discuss edible plants that grow in or near the garden, as well as those that can be transplanted to other areas in the yard. After a classroom lecture, we will take walking tours through the community garden and local trails to find wild foods. There will be a fee of $10 per person for the class. Please call the Extension office 837-2210 to preregister for this seminar and for directions to the CAT building.