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Native Horticultural Practices
     by Kathi Joye

Indigenous peoples in California have been using a multitude of horticultural techniques for thousands of years to protect preferred native plants that were used for food and medicine and to cultivate desired characteristics in those modified for tools and other products. According to Dr. Kat Anderson, an ethno ecologist at UC Davis, these techniques included coppicing, soil and weed management, tillage and burning.  A number of modern California Indian tribes continue these traditional practices of ‘plant caring’ today.  Continue reading...

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