Michigan food expert, author leads foraging workshop


From staff reports

On Saturday, Aug. 4 at 10:30 a.m., Leland Township Library will host Michigan food expert and author Lisa M. Rose for a hands-on, family-friendly foraging workshop.

Rose, author of Midwest Medicinal Plants and Midwest Foraging, knows her plants—and not just the plants that are grown in the greenhouses, on farms or in garden spaces. She knows the wild weeds and native plants growing in the hedgerows, fields and forests. And during her workshop at the library, Rose will teach patrons what to look for, when and where to look, and how to gather in a responsible way. “Even if you are a city-dweller, wild plants are all around us: dandelions in the park, basswood flowers on the trees lining the streets, nettles growing in the rose garden beds.” explains Rose.

Rose is an herbalist, forager, urban farmer, and writer. With a background in anthropology and a professional focus on community health, she has gathered her food, farming, and wild plant knowledge from many people and places along a very delicious journey. Beyond the Great Lakes, Rose’s interest in ethnobotany and herbal medicine has taken her across the United States and into the Yucatan, mainland Mexico, Nicaragua, and Brazil to study plants, people, health, and their connection to place. When she is not in her own gardens or kitchen, Rose can be found in the fields and forests, leading foraging plant walks and teaching classes on edible and medicinal wild plants. She forages for her own family, herbal apothecary, and community herbalism practice.

There is no cost to attend the workshop, which will begin in the Munnecke Room at the Library. Patrons are encouraged to register for the workshop by visiting the Library or by calling 231-256-9152.