Illustrating Botanicals for Wild Edibles Curriculum

The Wild Edibles curriculum in the final stages of its developmental phase is a guide that incorporates First Nations knowledge of wild edibles (weeds and other forageable foods) with the practical knowledge and experience of others who have regularly harvested and consumed wild edibles. This guide will provide information on identification, harvest, safely edible parts of wild edible plants in the Northeastern United States, traditional First Nations use (if applicable), methods of cooking, and recipes. The summarized objective of the specific project for the student intern will be to provide line drawings of botanicals for this curriculum. The projected outcomes of participation in this project will be a collaboration with First Nations knowledge, practical knowledge of wild edible botanicals, the ability to be part of addressing food insecurity, increased knowledge of the structure of wild edible botanicals, and the ability to have a byline in the curriculum and deliverables for the created art.


Roles and responsibilities 

The expected task for this project will be providing line drawings of the botanicals included in this curriculum. These drawings will be used in the curriculum (in conjunction with photographs of the botanicals) and as part of the field identification kit accompanying the curriculum. The intern will have the opportunity to participate in wild edibles training and conduct food security field exercises while working on this project to better understand the project's scope.

Qualifications and previous coursework

This opportunity is available to non-graduating students enrolled in Cornell University's CAS, ILR, AAP, COE and JCB.

An interest in learning about innovative approaches to addressing food insecurity issues and an openness to learn is essential. Working knowledge of botanicals (especially culinary and medicinal botanicals) would be helpful but not necessary. Previous experience in line drawing would be beneficial.

Learning outcomes 

The anticipated learning outcomes include, but are not limited to:

  • Increased knowledge of wild edible botanicals (structure, location, identification, use, etc.).
  • Experience in collaborative processes of creating art for a scholarly publication.
  • Increased exposure to methods of art for public use in identifying botanicals.
  • Expanded experiences in practical methods of addressing food insecurity.