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Celebrate Plant Appreciation Week

Presentation looks at edible plants

Join Kristin Currin for a program on "Edible Native Plants" in the White Salmon Valley Community Library's Sprint/Baker Gallery on Saturday, May 3, at 7 p.m.

The program is in celebration of Washington State's Native Plant Appreciation Week. Currin will share slides of regional edible native plants, and will have books, and information displayed for those who wish to get an idea of where to start researching the topic on their own.

Attendees will learn about locally available edible native and naturalized plants, ethical harvesting of wild plants, and growing these plants in your own garden.

Currin, along with her partner, Andrew Merritt, own and operate Humble Roots Farm and Nursery in Mosier, Ore. From selling blackcap raspberry jam as a child in the Midwest to enjoying salads of wild greens in the Gorge, she has always had an interest in edible native plants.

Currin has studied ethnobotany and agroforestry, and has for many years worked with the native plants of the Northwest with various native plant/restoration nurseries in Oregon.

She has also worked with watershed groups in Portland to implement native plantings in riparian areas. During her time in Portland Currin offered hikes and talks on edible and medicinal native plants at Tryon Creek State Park.

She enjoys sharing her knowledge, and inspiring others to explore and appreciate the food plants available in our region.

For more information call the library, 493-1132.

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