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Original People’s Forest Visit with Mx. Tyson Sampson

September 10 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT

Original People’s Forest Visit

with Mx. Tyson Sampson (he/they)
a tribally enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI)

Saturday, September 10 from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

The Catawba Sustainability Center
5075 Catawba Creek Rd.
Catawba, Virginia

We are pleased to announce that Tyson Sampson, a tribally enrolled member of the EBCI (ᎠᏳᏫᏯ ᎨᏯᏔᎯᎤᏁᏉᎳᏗᏍᎩ), will be joining us at the Virginia Tech Catawba Sustainability Center to lead an Original People’s forest visit. Tyson has been co-researching/collaborating/sharing/educating about harvesting and processing regional flora for 21 years and organizes their community to document living food-ways, including protocols and responsibilities from their collective, Bigwitch Indian Wisdom. Tyson will introduce you to Original People’s woodland edible and medicinal species, both wild-grown and propagated in a forest farming setting. They will share useful nomenclature of the species we encounter along with lived experience, correlating uses, and approaches to stewardship and cultivation. Victoria Ferguson, Program Director of Historic Solitude/Fraction on the campus of Virginia Tech and enrolled member of the Monacan Indian Nation of Virginia, will also be joining us to briefly share how Eastern Siouan groups, like the Monacans, used the natural resources in this region in their life-ways.

Register soon to secure your spot:
This forest visit will have a cap to participation.

Please dress appropriate for the weather and for walking in the forest on uneven terrain, both on and off trail. The event will happen rain or shine. Light snacks and bottled water will be available. A Porta-Potty is available in the parking area, but otherwise there are no facilities on site.

Please email Katie Trozzo at for more information. If you are a person with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Katie at least 10 days prior to the event ( or 540-231-4582).


September 10
9:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
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Building a sustainable foodshed from farm and fishery to table