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Wednesday, June 5 • 1:00pm - 1:25pm
Using Native Medicinal and Edible Plants in Midwestern Prairie

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With more people interested in purchasing native plants for their backyard or for attracting monarch butterflies or turning their property into an edible landscape, it is a good time to extoll the virtues of native medicinal and edible plants. Native Americans tribes used 100s of plants for medicine and sustenance throughout North America, a practice that was performed here and throughout the world by other indigenous peoples for centuries. And today, plants are the main source of medicine for approximately 82 percent of the world’s population. So the use of edible and medicinal plants is not some new phenomenon but a long-standing tradition that can be relied on by all of us through studying,  practice, and care.  
Given his background as a restoration ecologist and herbalist, Norman will provide examples and uses of of various medicinal and edible plants from prairies that can be used in the backyard planting project or applied to the larger restoration project. He will also give practical advice on site preparation, planting requirements, selection of seed, root, or other plant part for installation, commercial availability of the various plant species, and other applicable considerations.


Frank Norman

Normal Ecological Consulting, LLC

Wednesday June 5, 2019 1:00pm - 1:25pm CDT
Room 1218