I had a lot of fun with this assignment!! Definitely more flowers will be pressed in the upcoming weeks at my household.
Author: Nikira Lane
Food and plants are inextricably intertwined. Plants undoubtedly serve a much larger role than just growing the items we consume, but this overlap between botany, nutrition, and people is where my interests lie. Using the knowledge we have learned so far about the relationships between plants and people to shape the future of agriculture seems like the right path forward and explains my interest in the field of ethnobotany. This past May I graduated from Purdue University with a degree in agricultural engineering and a focus on crops and soils. I recently started working for a small nonprofit here in Anchorage, Alaska (the place where I was born and raised) called Alaska Village Initiatives to help with economic development and sustainability, agriculture being a massive part of that, for rural Alaska.