Workshop explores edible plants

The Allan Brooks Nature Centre hosts guest speaker Barb Le Beau, an aboriginal education worker, to a program on local edible plants

To eat or not to eat, that is the question. For hundreds of years people have been dining on the richness of the natural plant life of the North Okanagan.

On Wednesday, you too can learn all about what’s edible and what’s not at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre as part of their Sunset Speaker’s Program.

The program starts at 7 p.m. with guest speaker Barb Le Beau, an aboriginal education worker whose knowledge of traditional plants comes from the Secwepemc and Okanagan people and who now shares this knowledge with schools and at nature events such as this. Barb was born in Terrace, B.C. and is from the Gitxsan Nation although she came to the Shuswap as a child and now lives in Lee Creek with her husband, Mike.

“The program includes a visual presentation and a wide variety of many of the actual plants plus discussion of their uses and preservation, followed by a question and answer period,” said Janice Buick, events coordinator for the ABNC. “Bannock mix with dried berries will also be available for sale by ACES (Aboriginal Community Elders Society).”

Admission is by donation and attendees are encouraged to bring friends, chairs and cameras to take pictures of the view and sunset.

The Allan Brooks Nature Centre is supported by its members, volunteers, donors, sponsors, partners, granting agencies and admission fees. The centre rely heavily on community resources for its success in nature interpretation, habitat conservation and nature-based events.

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