The magic of wild plants and the importance of diversity of diet
Brett Mayette is a passionate cook, organic grower, forager, and herbalist with over 20 years of experience. Owner of the Conscious Cuisine, Brett’s mission is to help the public discover and incorporate wild plants into their diets, a practice that does not require being a professional chef or nutritionist.
Prior to the age of agriculture, humans were hunter-gathers surviving by eating many of the plants in their environment. Through genetic hard wiring and learning humans survived for thousands of years on a diet that included a wide range of plants. Diversity of diet is one of the keys to great health, and yet many of us depend on agricultural crops and most of us ignore the most flavorful, nutritious, and abundant plants growing right in our backyard.
Brett will discuss the benefits of native wild forage plants and their place in a modern diet. He will share lessons learned from practicing this healthy lifestyle surrounded by 30 acres of farmland in West Greenwich. His enthusiasm for and knowledge of this subject matter is sure to enlighten and inspire any group.
The Beechwood Lecture Series is a joint effort of the URI Master Gardeners Program and the RI Wild Plant Society. Master Gardeners receive education credits for attending. The lectures are offered to the public free of charge.
2018 Lecture Series
• 9/19/18 Rain Gardens – Kate Venturini, University of Rhode Island Cooperative Extension
• 11/14/18 Drip Irrigation – Rudi Hempe, URI Master Gardener