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OHM helps people find dinner in their backyard

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Oak Hammock Marsh is inviting residents to the marsh to participate in a wild edibles workshop July 9.

Craig Bailey, an interpreter at OHMIC will be leading this workshop.  He has a huge passion for the wilderness, and understands the importance of connecting the public with their natural surroundings.

The workshop will start with an introduction to wild edibles, focusing on how to identify plants how to tell when these plants and mushrooms are ready to forage, and how to incorporate wild edibles into a kitchen routine. There will be examples or fresh and preserved wild edibles, and reference materials for participants to pursue.

Attendees will then be led a guided walk through the marsh and learn to identify some common wild edibles found in Manitoba. The workshop will end with participants enjoying some prepared samples.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn about common edibles such as cattails, wild roses, stinging nettles, burdocks, milkweed, and buffalo berries. In addition, some historical uses of native plants by Indigenous peoples will be discussed, and the important role wetlands played in their lives.

Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of the wonderful wild foods that occur in our province, and tips and tricks for identifying, preparing, and enjoying them.

The cost of the workshop will be $18 plus the price of admission.

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