Celebrate Earth Day by eating plants you find in your backyard
Sustainability Matters, a non-profit based in Shenandoah County, invites you to explore nature while stuck at home. Their Facebook page has recently started a #BackyardEdibles series, teaching participants what plants in their yards can be used as food, for tea or for medicinal purposes. The first entry in the series featured Galium aparine, better known as cleavers, stickyweed and bed-straw. The plant can be used in salads or scrambled eggs, but is best steeped as an herbal tea.
Normally, the group hosts a Wild Edibles Walk & Workshop, where participants would go on a walk and learn how to identify, harvest and make use of different wild plants. After the walk, participants would enjoy a fresh brick oven pizza crafted with foraged ingredients. The workshop would also discuss the tension between native and invasive plants. Due to the pandemic, the workshop has been replaced with the Backyard Edibles series.
The group is also organizing a virtual plant swap and a video series about prairie restoration.
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