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Thursday, October 22, 2015, 7:30 p.m.: Putting California on your plate: Is a low-water diet in our future, and will any of those foods be California natives? with Antonio Sanchez: Native Californians have been enjoying California's local plants as part of an extremely healthy diet for thousands of years — yet those same plants are nowhere to be found in any of our omelettes, sauces, burritos or even local Farmer's Markets! Why not?!? In this unique lecture, native food enthusiast Antonio Sanchez outlines some of the delicious plants from all around California that can be used in your daily diet, and he's bringing samples as well! This humorous and entertaining lecture covers a range of topics, from how to grow a variety of native edibles in your garden, to future work and research to be done in the field of native plant agriculture — and don't forget the samples! A few of the dishes to be highlighted in the lecture include:

- A uniquely California Pesto made with local Cleveland Sage and Native Onions
- A rice 'substitute' related to Amaranth and Quinoa
- A quick and easy-to-make native 'papas' dish from locally harvested Triteleia corms

Samples will be available for approximately 50 attendees.

Antonio Sanchez is Nursery Production Manager at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, where he guides the propagating and growing of native plants for restoration and sale at Grow Native Nursery.  Antonio has worked at various native plant institutions across the state, including Theodore Payne Foundation, Cal Flora Nursery, and Nopalito Native Plant Nursery, and is one of the lead organizers of the 2015 California Native Foods Symposium in Claremont.