My interest in plants started young. While most of my friends were playing with Barbie or dreaming of horses, I was out in the fields of our farm creating imaginary villages and caching collected seeds, roots and herbs against winter need. When I discovered the library and field guides, I realized that I had found my passion- the interaction between plants and people. While my caching habits have switched to saving more useful plants, some things don't change. I still bore my friends and family with my mealtime dissertations on the history and uses of whatever we're eating for dinner. They got so tired of it that they encouraged me to go out and teach other people, so for the last thirty years I have taught about wild edibles, led weed walks, and interpreted early agricultural practices at various nature centers and living history museums both for pay and as a volunteer. I have learned as much as I taught.
I've started this blog in hopes of finding other people who share my passion. In hopes of finding new friends who might enthusiastically enter the conversation with some tidbit of information that I may not have heard before. In hopes that my family may be able to enjoy a meal of some vegetable without a lesson on its identity to accompany it. Help me save my relationship. Come talk to me. I'm looking forward to meeting you!