I thought this student organization would be of interest to some folks
on the BEST listserve and could spark interest in the Green Garden
Cooperative and plant/idea swapping between the two gardens.
The UF Ethnoecology Society, which began in the 1980's following a
visit by the eminent ethnobotanist Richard Schultes, is seeking
expanded student involvement. During the last years the Society has
been active in bringing speakers to campus, organizing journal
discussions, organizing field trips, and, most especially, planting and
caring for the educational-experimental ethnoecology garden on the UF
campus, located near the bat house. The garden has blossomed in the
last years and at last count was home to 100+ economic species, grown
in a number of systems from agroforestry to flooded paddies (small
ones). We have an active compost program, using coffee grounds from
Starbucks in Library West, extensive trellis systems, a vermiculture
box, and small nursery. The garden is home to the weekly (Friday)
gatherings for work, socializing, and eating. We invite you to attend.
The Society and the garden are ripe for more student involvement. This
is important so as to ensure the continuation of the group's mission
If you are interested in Ethnobotany, Ethnoecology, Economic Botany,
Agroforestry, Permaculture, etc please consider becoming involved.
Opportunities exist in the garden and to broaden the academic endeavors
of the Society.
Please feel free to visit any Friday 5pm-dark at the garden. You can
also email [log in to unmask] to join the email list or inquire
more about future activities.
Society of Economic Botany meeting will be held this year in
Charleston, S.C. from 5/31-6/4. See the SEB website for more details.
Numerous students from Gainesville will be attending. www.econbot.org