Mother's Preserves

September 7 - 29, 2019
Communitywise Resource Centre

Mother’s Preserves is a series of learning experiences that take 3 forms: a plant walk, a canning workshop, and a sharing circle. The events which will focus on the history and creation of medicinal jams, traditional forms of care and their relationships to witchcraft, and our familial and ancestral connections to local plant species.


Plant Walk: Saturday, September 7 / 12 - 2pm / Edworthy Park - Meet at the Angel's Cafe parking lot (4105 Montgomery View NW)

Together, Taylor and an Elder from the community will guide the group through a local park. The discussion will include identifying plants, flowers, and berries, medicinal uses and how to respectfully and sustainably forage. Approximate duration of the walk is 2 hours, bring water!

Participants must register in advance, as we can only accommodate 20 people. Register by e-mailing your contact information to Donations in return for the learning you’ve received are welcome.

Canning Workshop: Sunday, September 22 / 12-3pm / Meet in the CommunityWise kitchen.

In this workshop, you will be guided through the process of mixing and boiling down fruit, including native species like Saskatoon berries and rose hips, and learn how to properly preserve jam for storing.

Materials, ingredients, and jars are included but donations are welcome.

Participants must register in advance, as we can only accommodate 15 people.

Register by emailing your contact information to  

Sharing Circle: Sunday, September 29 / 7-8:30pm / Meet in room 206 at the CommunityWise Resource Centre

During the sharing circle, Taylor will guide a conversation on how traditions of food and care are passed down in families. The discussion will reference the previous two workshops, but will be hosted so that people who did not attend can still be involved. 

Donations will not be taken, and registration is not required!

UPDATE: The time for this event was moved from 4pm-6pm to 7pm-8:30pm

Taylor Harder is a Métis-Mennonite artist from Fort St. John, British Columbia and currently based in Mohkinstsis, on Treaty 7 Territory. Utilizing technology, fibre, and found materials they create structures and devices which call back to their place of origin. These objects are hybrids of technology—past and present—artificial and biologically occurring. These devices seek to recontextualize marginalized data and phenomena by revealing potential communication signals from the environment. 

They currently serve as Board President of Truck Contemporary Art and sit on the Board of Directors for VOICESt. Taylor is currently completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Alberta University of the Arts majoring in Drawing. They have recently exhibited with Sled Island in Getting Ready for My Haunting and have an upcoming zine project for Femme Wave Feminist Arts Festival in collaboration with Nicole Mary and Aracana Shanks. Taylor is also an emerging writer, they have published an exhibition text for Dana Buzzee’s Punishment Rituals.

Taylor Harder uses They/Them pronouns.

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