September 2018 - Plants Impact On Our Culture, Society & Diets
Ralph Lutjen - Master Gardener & MGC Member

It was a beautiful September day when the MGC returned to Tin Mountain Conservation Center for the twelfth year to kickoff our new season of programs.  Hospitality, once again, created all kinds of delectable items based around a lovely fall harvest theme. We had over 60 members and guests in attendance.

Vice President, Laurie McAleer, presented Tin Mountain with a donation from the club which was accepted by Lori Kinsey of TMCC. This was our first official meeting of our new fiscal year and was a perfect time to start planning for all the interesting programs and projects to come.

Treasurer, Kathy Koziell reviewed our financials and the upcoming budget which was passed unanimously.

Laurie announced the upcoming events that members could sign up for including the October Lunch and Learn. It was noted that signups for the Holiday Boutique workshops would be done at the November meeting.

We had a very special video presentation by John Bruni which highlighted all the many activities that the club worked on in our last fiscal year (2017-2018). Included in the video (which was set to music) were: the fundraisers, CIP, environmental projects and club events.

After the break, Ralph Lutjen gave a wonderful presentation on the "Plants Impact On Our Culture, Society & Diets". He explained that today we have a bounty of high quality food of incredible variety. How we acquired this wealth and where it came from is an interesting story. Our human history has been transformed by how we have used and adapted plants for our consumption.

A selection of plants were described by covering their native origin, how they became important in shaping history, and their development into a major food source. Many of the plants described have had far reaching impact on culture and society in addition to changing diets.

It was a fascinating presentation and extremely educational - everyone really enjoyed the program and gave us "food for thought".