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.
A full course refund will only be provided if you withdraw from the course prior to the course start date. A refund, less a $15 administrative fee, will be issued if you withdraw within 6 calendar days after the official course start date. Depending on your method of payment, a refund will be either mailed to you or credited to your credit card.