Native Plant Food Cultivation in the Home Garden

Part of: Ethnobotany Series

Course description

First Nations practiced extensive cultivation and landscape management practices to enhance key food plant species throughout what we now think of as British Columbia. This was not a wilderness, and these stewardship practices are not recognized or known today to the extent that they should be. Through the description of culturally-important plants such as camas, cattail, nettle, willow and others, this course will describe how First Nations cultivated important resources and even changed landscapes as a result. Many of these key species also have a long tradition of management and usage in Europe and Asia, where they also grow and were important historically. The lecture portion of this course will be followed by hands-on field time where students will learn how to prune, fertilize, propagate and otherwise care for these plants.

NOTE: Tuesday’s class is a 3 hour lecture and Wednesday’s class is a two hour campus walk. Please dress appropriately for the weather.

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