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A new topic offered by Botanical Dimensions! Ethnobotany includes, of course, all the plants that are part of our diet - as food, beverages, culinary herbs and spices. How did all of these get domesticated from their wild ancestors? Which plant families are our foods and spices from? Enhance every meal you eat in the future by adding to your knowledge of what you eat, and how these very foods have affected everything from colonial power to contemporary rituals. Think about your own ancestors and what they found, grew, and the seeds they traded. Our long human history is filled with fascinating food stories, before and since the advent of agriculture.
Ethnobotanist Kathleen Harrison, M.A., has been teaching ethnobotany for 25 years. She loves to share stories, illustrations, handouts, books and discussion.
Class size is up to 40 participants. Bring your lunch if you wish, so we can sit outside and share our thoughts.
Don't miss the library! VISIT the Botanical Dimensions Ethnobotany Library, next door to the classroom. Peruse the library's collection of books and artifacts on all sorts of food and other plant topics. (Become a member of the BD Library, if you like.)
Times: Sat. & Sun. June 4-5, 10am-4:00pm each day.
Location: Classes held in the village of Occidental, West Sonoma County, west of Sebastopol and a few miles from Freestone, the Russian River, and the Sonoma Coast. Classroom & Library address: 3830 Doris Murphy Court, at Graton Road and Bohemian Hwy. Look for the Occidental Center for the Arts.