Nina Montenegro
  Plants Around Us Mural, NE Portland, 2013    Localized guide to the edible and medicinal plants in the neighborhood.  Ten panels illustrate plants within a few blocks of the mural.  A box affixed to the building contains pamphlets with more information about the various uses and benefits of the plants as well as additional resources for urban foraging.     My intention was to foster a relationship between people of the neighborhood and their often overlooked plant neighbors.  The mural encourages an awareness of the plentiful food and medicine that is all around us, outside of the conventional food and medical systems.    This benchmark mural could be replicated in other communities to encourage localized food systems, natural medicine, foraging, and a deeper appreciation and understanding of plants and their gifts.     

Plants Around Us: N. Williams