Nature and water are easy to connect with and love in wilderness or rural settings. We leave the trappings of the city behind us - the bigger the city, the more noise, pavement, cars and pollution - and travel into the heart of the natural world. But for those of us who both live in cities and lovenature, it is imperative we find ways to support nature and waterways in our communities.
This week, we are thrilled to share with you some WILD RECIPES from Saskatoon-based ethnobotanist and NatureCity Festival organizer Sandra Walker. Join Sandra during NatureCity Festival, for her 'walkshop' A Path to Wild Foods on May 27th. Find out more information here.
In this Call of the Wild entry, we will look at the perennial herb Bergamot or WILD Bee-Balm.
The land the Northeast Swale can be found on is a library, with at least a 10, 000 year history. It has soil made of sand, clay and silt, spread throughout by rhizomes, occupied by seeds, spores, bacteria and fungi. Some of those seeds will only germinate in a dry spring, some only in a wet spring. Some will wait for as long as necessary. Some will only germinate after a long cold winter, and some need a series of long cold winters.
The NatureCity Festival is soon approaching, coming up May 24th – 29. In anticipation, we are launching our brand new guest blog, ‘Call of the Wild’, a chance for community members to share their stories and experiences of nature in Saskatoon. We've invited a variety of people to answer the same question: "How does nature call to you in Saskatoon?" Over the next few weeks, watch this space for stories about falling in love with nature in our city. We'll hear why time in the urban wild matters, what inspires us to get outside, what inspires us to explore.