Arkansas Women in Agriculture

Tamara Walkingstick, Ph.D.

Tamara has worked for the University of Arkansas , Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service as an Associate Professor of Extension Forestry since 1996. Her state-wide responsibilities include general forest management education for adults and youth. She completed her Ph.D. in Forest Economics and Sociology of Natural Resources at the Auburn University , her MS at Oklahoma State University , and her BS at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. After receiving her BS, she served in Nepal as a Community Forestry Volunteer for US Peace Corps. Tamara serves on several boards including the Arkansas American Indian Center , the Arkansas Urban Forestry Council, and the National Network of Forest Practitioners. Dr. Walkingstick is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. She and her husband, Dr. Jack Gazin, live outside of Perryville.

Program Description: Eating on the Wild Side

As part of Tamara's 4H youth education program, she teaches kids about trees and the environment by having them learn how Native Americans used certain trees and plants for food. For example, which oak tree makes tastier acorns? What can you do with sumac and elderberry? What does acorn bread really taste like? She will be preparing a couple of “wild” dishes for the audience to sample including cream of sheep sorrel soup, persimmon cinnamon rolls, acorn cookies, and “wild” pizza. She concludes her presentation by reminding the audience that each of us carries a deep understanding our environment somewhere in our roots. The challenge is to not forget it and to pass it on.






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