Revisiting Forgotten Foods: A Case Study from California


Alicia Funk tells the story of her journey to better understand the berry-producing Manzanita shrub—a plant that was valued just two centuries ago by the indigenous people living in northern California but was all but forgotten after the gold rush when the indigenous people were forced off their land. Recently, this truly local food has begun to make its way back into the diets of the local community though. Through a collaborative approach designed to share information and resources, communities can grow and gather nutrient-dense, independent food crops that protect habitat diversity.