My family and I have been enjoying physically distant walks to gather our own groceries - but the first step is learning how to identify edible plants. If your family has a good data plan or has access to plants in an area with free wifi, see if they will try out the seek app by iNaturalist on a phone to find out which plants live around you, and whether they are safe or dangerous to touch and eat.
This is just for fun - NEVER eat a plant unless given to you by an adult who knows what they are doing, and only with permission from your parent / guardian. However, I started being mentored in plant identification by First Nations Elders such as Della Rice and ethnobotanists through Girl Guides when I was 12 so you can start too! See how many plants you can collect with the seek app by iNaturalist, or take photos and email them to me with your best guess of what they are - I'll tell you if I think you are right!!
I have found 17 species so far and earned 4 badges - can you beat me?!
A fun new place to explore with your family is the Wark St. Commons Garden - just don't touch the playground. Happy hunting!
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In this class we learn how to keep healthy through ensuring we have access to clean air, water, food, shelter, medicine, community, education, materials, energy, governance...