Thunder Bay chapter organizes edible-plant walking tour fundraiser

The Council of Canadians Thunder Bay chapter organized an edible-plant walking tour this summer.

In July, The Chronicle-Journal reported, "Will Stolz, an environmental science master’s student at Lakehead University, hosted two-hour walking tours around Boulevard Lake on Saturday [July 23] to identify the many edible plants that grow readily in the area."

Among the edible plants identified were golden rod, dandelion, clover, berries, wild raspberries, strawberries and pine needles.

The article highlights, "The tours served as a fundraiser for the Council of Canadians, Thunder Bay branch. The council advocates for clean water, fair trade, green energy, public health care and democracy. Tom Cook, who took part in the afternoon tour, was thrilled to discover wild hazelnuts growing in the green space behind the Lakehead Psychiatric Hospital. ...Stolz says to watch for a think-tank discussion on the corporate ownership of food that will be hosted by the Council of Canadians this September."

Stolz says, “Wild food is a important source of nutrition that is easily accessible as long as you know how to properly identify them. You can easily learn about harvesting and care for the plants and you should never take more than half of the plant. You can supplement a lot of your diet with wild food while basically taking a stewardship principal towards it."

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