NOTE: All programs are full.

Join us for a series of lectures summer 2019 by three experts in ethnobotany. Ethnobotany is the study of a region’s plants and their practical uses through the traditional knowledge of a local culture and people. This summer seminar series will convene three experts on Wednesday evenings in July to share new ideas for incorporating native plants and other edible perennials into home gardens and other curated landscapes. The event is organized by an interdisciplinary group of graduate students through the Dow Sustainability Fellows Program in collaboration with U-M Campus Farm. The culmination of the series will be an edible perennial landscape design for The Strawbale @ Campus Farm, the University’s newly-constructed off-grid natural building. Refreshments will be provided. 

Wednesdays in July, 6:30-8:30 pm.

The Strawbale @ Campus Farm is located at Matthaei Botanical Gardens 1800 N Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105.

Events are free, but registration is required to attend.

July 17: Ethnobotanizing Your Garden:  Inspired Design from Indigenous Plants and Worldviews
Dr. Scott Heron, Ferris State University
Drawing on his extensive academic experience studying and teaching ethnobotany, biology, anthropology, and American Indian studies, as well as his continued research as a specialist in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and the Great Lakes region with a focus on the Anishinaabek culture, Dr. Heron will present on incorporating ethnobotany in home gardens. 

July 24: Indigenous Foods Research in the Great Lakes Region
Dr. Martin Reinhardt, Northern Michigan University
Tina Moses, Manager for Reinhardt & Associates/Waawiyeyaa
Dr. Reinhardt and Tina Moses will present on Indigenous food research they have conducted in Michigan, with a focus on the Decolonizing Diet Project that investigated the relationship between humans and Indigenous foods of the Great Lakes Region from 2010-2014 as an academic initiative of the Northern Michigan University Center for Native American Studies.          

July 31: Recovering Space for Ancestral Foodways
Shiloh Maples, American Indian Health & Family Services
Reflecting on her diverse community engagement work in promoting traditional Native foods for a healthy diet, facilitating nutrition and traditional cooking classes, and managing community garden activities, Shiloh Maples will discuss the importance of revitalizing traditional foodways and embracing traditional foods in modern life.

Ethnobotany Lecture Series
Strawbale house

The strawbale structure at the Campus Farm at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Constructed from locally sourced, sustainable materials by University of Michigan students.