Conservation Corner

Dec 04

[ARCHIVED] Ethnobotanical Guide, Farm Foundations, & Upcoming Workshops

The original item was published from December 3, 2018 3:30 PM to December 4, 2018 3:28 PM

Ethnobotanical GuideHPC’s Kalicia Bean holds a Ganoderma applanatum mushroom, known as the ‘Artist’s Conk’ due to the fact that you can make drawings on the underside. The Native Plant Sale Ethnobotanical Guide has tidbits like this and more around all the culinary, medicinal, artistic, and crafty ways you can enjoy native plants.

Ethnobotanical Guide:
Our Harvest Team is taking over management of the District's Annual Native Plant Sale from our Habitat Team, and they've already made some nice additions. This year they've added an Ethnobotanical Guide, available on our website. Ethnobotany is the study of traditional ecological knowledge, and the relationship between people and plants. This includes the edible, medicinal, and functional uses of plants and fungi. The guide will be full of great information about the plants and creative ideas on how to use them, such as: recipes, basket making, teas, and even how to get syrup from a Big Leaf Maple.

You can follow the Ethnobotanical Guide as it grows on our website at, where we will be regularly posting about the many uses of native plants until March.

Farm Foundations 2019:
In the day to day tasks of farming it’s easy to lose sight of what you’re accomplishing. It’s hard to imagine from this tiny seedling, but our Farm Foundations cohort grew close to 40,000 pounds of food this season! That fresh produce went out into the community through the Franklin Pierce school cafeterias, a free summer market at Keithley Middle School, CSA shares for school district families, and a weekly drop off to a local food bank. That amounts to over $100,000 worth of food! It’s some incredible work and we couldn’t Farm Foundations 1have done it without our amazing group of students this year. 

If you’re interested in being a part of our 2019 season, learn more at our Farm at Franklin Pierce page.

Everything you see here was grown by the 2018 Farm Foundations Cohort, a program dedicated not only to growing food at scale, but also to growing the next generation of farmer.

Upcoming Classes:

Edible Gardens
Schedule will be posted by Pierce County in early 2019.

Fruit Tree Education: Registration is open, classes begin in February 2019
The Fruit Tree Education Series is a comprehensive 6-part series focused on organic fruit tree care. All classes are taught by knowledgeable arborists and local specialists. Participants can enroll in the full series or choose to register for individual classes.

WSU Master Gardeners are invited to take the full series with a practicum component to become Fruit Tree Specialists.

Registration costs $10 per person per class, or you can register for all 6 classes for $40.

To register for the full series click here

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