The following lecture was presented in English with Spanish translation on March 31, 2016 by Ally Friberg-Landon at the Monteverde Institute. Introduction and translation by Carla Willoughby.
Message from Ally:
I am an Intern at Ironwood Tree Experience (ITE) in Tucson, Arizona. We are a non-profit that engages youth with their environment to inspire environmental stewardship in their communities and around the world. What I do there revolves around representing and bolstering youth voices and perspectives. I created a blog that showcases youth creations about nature and I coordinate a group of youth that builds community and contributes their voices to ITE programs. I am studying Sustainable Built Environments at the University of Arizona and I have specific interests in the usefulness of plants in the Urban Environment, Agriculture and Traditional Knowledge about sustainability.
As an intern with Monteverde Institute (MVI), my project consisted of three parts focused on developing representation of local use of medicinal plants at MVI and promoting the intergenerational exchange of knowledge about medicinal plants. First, we visited local farmers and knowledgeable people in the Monteverde community including Ana Ovares, Lucas Ramirez at University of Georgia Costa Rica and Ofelia who gave us medicinal plants to add to the garden. I also interviewed Jessie Zuniga about a personal story about the importance of natural medicine. Then, with the help of my project coordinator Carla Willoughby, I created resources for MVI staff, interns, and volunteers that contained information about how to identify and use the medicinal plants from the MVI garden to make teas. These resources included identification cards, tea recipes, medicinal properties of the teas with common local uses, and re- usable tea bags. The third part of the project, which was most exciting and challenging, was interviewing people in the community. My goal was to put together interviews that would express local knowledge about medicinal plants and inspire exchange of that knowledge in the community. The ultimate goal of this is to preserve the knowledge of medicinal plants and allow it to grow further.