Qualla Boundary Historical Society will gather for its monthly meeting at 5:00 pm on April 24, 2018 in the Ken Blankenship Education Wing of the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. Dr. David Cozzo will present “The Hidden Harvest: Wild Foods in and Around the Garden.” Dr. Cozzo will discuss edible plants that grow in or near the garden, as well as those that can be transplanted to other areas in the yard. He writes, “Many of the plants we call weeds are quite tasty and often more nutritious and hardier than the crops we are trying to grow.”
Dr. Cozzo is an ethnobotanist specializing in the relationship of the Cherokee to their botanical world. He is an Area Specialized Agent for the North Carolina Cooperative Extension based at the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians Extension Center and is the Project Director for the Revitalization of Traditional Cherokee Artisan Resources. He teaches courses, and he has published articles on the nutritional and medical ethnobotany of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians.