This site provides information and locations of useful, edible, medicinal, and interesting plants located around the UCSB campus. Snacking on plants that grow under your nose is a great way to become more connected with the environment and learn more about other cultures. Foraging and harvesting your own produce can also contribute to decreased reliance on processed foods or even the same fruits that come wrapped in cellophane or coated in pesticides at the store. Participating in the collection of utilizable plants on campus supports sustainable practices, such as watering with reclaimed water, gathering your own local produce, and helping to reduce the amount of climate pollution in the production and transportation of the fruits and edible plants UCSB students eat. We are only beginning the site, but in the coming months you can expect to find more information on the wonderful plants on and around the UCSB campus. Enjoy educating your taste buds, but please do not take any unnecessary risks if you are unsure about a plant. Use your own common sense when locating and collecting plants and be sure to check the listed information to ensure correct identification of edible plants. These plants are fed with reclaimed water, so be sure to wash them before consumption!
Who We are
The Project is run out of the Culture and Environment Lab at UCSB by Anthropology Professor Jeffrey Hoelle . The site was created and is maintained by a talented group of undergraduate students. Ula Varley was responsible for planning and organizing the site, along with Cyrus Kayhan, Kirsten Cook, and Aiden Patterson. We are also very thankful to our plant experts here on campus: Wayne Chapman and Greg Whalert at CCBER and Cameron Hannah- Bick at the UCSB Greenhouse. Eric Copsey of LSIT at UCSB created the site for us.
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