Hello! As my 4-year-old has taken to reminding me, he and sis are Alaskans and Mommy is “just a Kansan”! So I’m a proud Alaska transplant of 12 years raising 2 even prouder little Alaskans:) We love to identify the plants we know on hikes, forage a bit close to home, and use the rhubarb and currants that grow prolifically in the yard. Both my grandmas were avid gardeners and taught me a bit about the flowers and bushes in their yards in the Midwest. Alas, even with this heritage, my own thumbs seem to be black – no gardening for me. This makes me appreciate nature’s bounty all the more and desire to continue to learn about sustainable, responsible foraging. Pineapple weed is one of my favorites for its smell and taste. Blue spruce trees are another, for their sheer beauty. There’s also a “Mat-su Valley early summer” smell that fills me with joy every year, I’d love to learn from which plant it exudes. I’m eager to learn more about specific plants as well as flora in general in this class.