Heritage center hosting May 7 edible plants workshop

Jeff Gottlieb

Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center will host an edible plants workshop with biologist Jeff Gottlieb as part of its ongoing Appalachian Living craft and skills series from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 7.

“Workshop participants will gather in the museum’s gallery located at 161 Hunter Library and then walk among the beautiful, nutritious and helpful plants that grow on campus,” said Peter Koch, education associate at the museum. Members of the group will sample some edible plants and learn about their uses in making food, seasonings, medicine and crafts, Koch said.

Horace Kephart

In the early 20th century, famed Appalachian author Horace Kephart wrote about many useful, edible and medicinal plants in various books including “Camping and Woodcraft,” which is still in print, Koch said. Participants will get to sample a prepared wild snack and beverage and also view the Mountain Heritage Center’s exhibit on Horace Kephart’s life and legacy, “Revealing an Enigma.”

Gottlieb has been a naturalist, outdoor educator and primitive skills instructor for more than 30 years. A resident of Whittier, he is on the staff of the Nantahala Outdoor Center but also travels widely in the eastern U.S., teaching at gatherings and historic fairs.

For more information, contact the Mountain Heritage Center at 828-227-7129.