Remembering the 2017 Conference one more time…

This week, member Vicky Ramakka takes us down memory lane in this post recalling her experience on the 2017 WWW Tuscon conference’s nature walk.

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            This is a very late follow-up to the Tucson conference. (No one can accuse me of rushing into things, but I do have the excuse of traveling to Botswana in the interim.) All the workshops, networking and events were wonderful, but I especially enjoyed the morning nature walk with Carolyn Niethammer, author of Cooking the Wild Southwest: Delicious Recipes for Desert Plants. She shared a wealth of native plant uses with our group.

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            Starting with a gnarly old Prickly Pear cactus next to the lodge, Carolyn pointed out the cochineal insect that produces a unique red dye and lives only on Opuntia cactus.

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She reached into her big basket, brought out a jar of Prickly Pear juice, and poured a taste for all of us. Along the trail to the waterfall, we sniffed, rubbed, and chewed all kinds of plants. What a great teacher and memorable experience.

            Thanks, Carolyn. And thanks to all the officers and organizers who put on a great conference. 

Looking forward to seeing everyone in Walla Walla…THIS year!


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