Edible Wild Plant Ramble with Russ Cohen Monday, May 9, 2022 Noon – 2:00 P.M.


The Acton Arboretum is home to over 80 species of edible wild plants, many of which are more nutritious and/or flavorful than their cultivated counterparts. These include native species, like Black Walnuts and Black Raspberry; non-native weeds, like Burdock and Chicory; and invasive species, like Autumn Olive and Dame’s Rocket. Join Russ Cohen, author of the book Wild Plants I Have Known…and Eaten, and the Middlesex Conservation District on a two-hour ramble through the Arboretum to encounter and learn about at least 18 species of edible wild plants and how they function in the landscape.  Keys to the identification of each species will be provided, along with info on edible portion(s), season(s) of availability and preparation methods, as well as guidelines for safe and environmentally-responsible foraging.  We hope you will join us to learn how to identify plants, forage safely and improve your local (backyard?) foodscape.

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