This webinar will introduce some common back yard plants such as dandelion, stinging nettle, plantain, and jewel weed.
The discussion will help us:
Identify these plants
Understand their nutritional and even therapeutic value, while also considering the very practical side of welcoming such hearty and common plants
This may be in contrast to efforts often focused on getting rid of them. Considering the nutritional and therapeutic benefit of these common backyard plants may offer participants incentive to instead use them in culinary preparations. This will not only add a nutritional boost to spring time dishes, but also make use of a readily available resource while reducing some of the harmful eradication methods (like herbicides) and constant “weeding” with waste. Join us and perhaps reconsider what grows all around us and come away with a few new spring dishes to try!
Michele Calabretta is a student in the M.S. in Nutrition and Integrative Health program with a concentration in Herbal Medicine and enrolled in the Nutrition Internship Program at Maryland University of Integrative Health. After several years of running a wildlife rehabilitation clinic and observing the very direct benefits of a nourishing environment on the healing of her animal patients, she decided to formally study the benefits of sound nutrition practices on the health of humankind. She hopes to specialize in pediatric nutrition and support young families or anyone seeking wellness through nutritional therapy. Nourishing the “head, heart, and hands” – a philosophy taken from Rudolph Steiner and her background in Waldorf Education as an early childhood assistant – provides the framework to her clinical approach. She lives with her husband, two young children, a dog, several cats, two doves, two tortoises and an unknown number of fish in Denver, PA. where she enjoys running, hiking, yoga and any occasion to make handmade gifts.
Note: Time is Eastern Daylight Time.