This course bridges ecology, food systems, cultural studies and humanities, and provides students with an investigation into the diverse relationships between humans and plants. The course will explore how different cultures have classified and understood ecological concepts, the liminal spaces between humans and plants, how social dynamics established landscape practices and cultural identities, and the use of plants in artistic pursuits. The class will explore the theories and methods associated with the academic field of ethnobotany through lectures, field trips and experiential activities. Talks and interviews with local foragers, herbalists, crafters, and restaurant owners will provide students with opportunities to investigate the role of plants in Vermont culture .
Students enrolling in this class will also participate in Forgotten Foods