Katrina Blair at the 9th Annual Dandelion Festival

Katrina Bliar is an advocate for wild plants and the founder of Turtle Lake Refuge in Durango Colorado. The group’s mission is “to celebrate the connection between personal health and wild lands”. One of the ways they celebrate is by holding an annual Dandelion Festival. The site of the 9th annual festival is Rotary Park, one of several parks in the city designated as an organic park. That means no herbicides or chemical fertilizers are used. Instead wild plants like dandelions are harvested and distributed to schools and food retailers throughout Durango.

There were some plants, like weeds, that were getting sprayed by towns and counties and communities and even countries, like thistle and dandelion and some of these plants were on the unwanted list. And they were just as much my best friends as all the other plants —Katrina Blair

Links:
Turtle Lake Refuge Website
The Wild Wisdom of Weeds: 13 Essential Plants for Human Survival by Katrina Blair
Local Wild Life: Turtle Lake Refuge Recipes for Living Deep by Katrina Blair

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