My favorite experiences this year was getting to work with the new workers. They are all great to work with and make my job fun. Especially when we have to spend a whole morning weeding, they always come up with a funny or interesting topic to talk about. A popular one is Quentin Tarantino movies. They seem to turn not so fun things into very fun things which I appreciate. Also, I’ve had the opportunity to explore more of my surrounding are. At least 3 more communities have been added on to my list of “explored”. I have found buffalo berries, Lead plant, and timpsila (wild turnip) which I didn’t last year.
A project I wanted to do, but didn’t have time for, was mapping out where wild foods grow around my area. Unfortunately, I did not have the time because of all the traveling I did. But a project I am working on is asking elders about specific plants, picking their brains about the plants and their purposes. Such as uses, names, and stories that go along with them. I have also made two tipestola out of rebar so our plants can grow up the poles.
(Left is Lead Plant, right are Buffalo Berries)