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Russ Cohen -Nibbling on Natives in Your Back Yard and Beyond
There’s an increasing interest among homeowners, property managers and others to utilize more native species in their landscaping, thanks to books like Doug Tallamy’s Bringing Nature Home, which extol the virtues of native plants over exotic ornamentals for attracting and sustaining beneficial insects. Yet, for some people, this alone may insufficient motivation to “go native”. ). Join Russ Cohen, expert forager and author of Wild Plants I Have Known…and Eaten, for a 60-minute slide show featuring at least two dozen species of native edible wild plants suitable for adding to your own landscape, or nibbling on as you encounter them in other locales. Keys to the identification of each species will be provided, along with edible portion(s), season(s) of availability and preparation method(s), along with guidelines for safe and environmentally responsible foraging.

Apr 28, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Russ Cohen
Edible Plant Expert
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. In addition to "in person" wild edibles walks and talks (when hose were /will be possible) at a wide variety of venues throughout the Northeast, Russ's main post-retirement pursuit is to perform the role of "Johnny Appleseed" for edible native species. He has set up a small nursery (in Weston, MA) where he grows/keeps hundreds of plants that he propagates from seed (many of which he collected himself). He is then partnering with land trusts, cities and towns, schools and colleges, state and federal agencies, and others to plant plants from his nursery in appropriate places on their properties.