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EDIBLE NATIVE PLANTS FOR YOUR LANDSCAPE with Russ Cohen - Webinar

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 be insufficient motivation to “go native”. Joins us to learn from Russ Cohen, who will share his story about growing edible native plants on our landscapes.

 Export to Your Calendar 5/28/2020
When: Thursday, May 28, 2020
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Where: Live via Webinar
10 Juniper Road
Belmont, Massachusetts  02478
United States
Contact: Lindsay Martucci
617-489-3930


Online registration is available until: 5/28/2020
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Edible Native Plants for Your Landscape

 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 provide insufficient motivation to “go native”.  The fact that many native species are edible by people too may provide the additional incentive you need to add native species to your yard.  Juneberries (Amelanchier spp.), for example, are equally edible by animals (songbirds, e.g.) and people alike.  The taste of the ripe fruit is like a cross between cherries and almonds (they’re all related species in the Rose family).  This webinar presents info on 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.  Russ Cohen 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.

 

 

About Our Speaker:  Russ Cohen

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) 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.

 

Price: $25.00 per person

 

 

Please Note:  The publications listed below are not required for this course.  They are recommendations for further information about wild edibles and incorporating native plants in our yards. 

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