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Foraging for Wild Edibles (On-Demand Webinar)
This is a recorded webinar. This program was conducted live on Oct 29, 2020. Once you register you will receive a link to the video in the confirmation email. Recordings are available for 2 months after the live webinar.

Instructor: Russ Cohen

Worcester County is home to over 100 species of edible wild plants, some of which are more nutritious and/or flavorful than their cultivated counterparts. Join wild foods enthusiast Russ Cohen, author of Wild Plants I Have Known…and Eaten, for a 90-minute program covering at least three dozen of the tastiest species the region has to offer. These range from plants everyone knows well, like Daisies and Dandelions, to plants they may never have even heard of, like Calamus and Carrion Flower. Russ’ talk will also cover about a dozen of the easiest-to-recognize edible mushroom species, ranging from morels in the spring, Black Trumpet Chanterelles in the summer and Hen of the Woods in the fall. Russ will present information for each species on identification tips, edible portion(s), season(s) of availability and preparation methods, along with general guidelines for safe and environmentally-responsible foraging. Russ will also include a few details regarding some native edible plants he has grown successfully from seed, and the partnerships he has made with conservation groups and others to add edible native plants to their landscapes.

Until his retirement in June of 2015, Russ Cohen’s “day job” was serving as the Rivers Advocate for the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Ecological Restoration, where one of his areas of expertise was in riparian vegetation. Now Russ has more time to pursue his passionate avocation, which is connecting to nature via his taste buds, and teaching others how to do the same. Russ is now playing the role of “Johnny Appleseed” for edible native species. He has set up a small nursery (in Weston, MA) where he grows/keeps over 1,000 plants that he propagates from seed (some of which he collected himself), as well as obtained from other sources, such as the Native Plant Trust. He is then partnering with land trusts, cities and towns, schools and colleges, state and federal agencies, organic farms, tribal groups and others to plant plants from his nursery in appropriate places on their properties. Russ has initiated over two dozen such projects in the past five years.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 10/30/2020 and ending 12/30/2020
 
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