Edible Wild Plant/Mushroom Walks and Talks -
Schedule for the Year 2019.

NOTE: 2019 programs are done for the season. A preliminary listing of 2020 programs will be posted here in early January.

Dulse Seaweed - Photo by Russ Cohen

Leader/Instructor: Russ Cohen

Please contact Russ at eatwild@rcn.com or (781) 646-7489 (h) for more information. Click Here for information on Russ's foraging book: "Wild Plants I Have Known...and Eaten". Copies of the book will be available at all the events below. FYI, an excerpt of Russ' book can be read on-line in the Jan/Feb 2005 edition of Spirit of Change Magazine. Click here to see and listen to Russ' October 2013 appearance on NPR affiliate WGBH, including video clips and an interview on Boston Public Radio, about fall foraging opportunities in eastern Massachusetts. Click here to read "Outdoor Dining: Foraging with Russ Cohen", a profile appearing in the September/October 2014 edition of the Appalachian Mountain Club's AMC Outdoors magazine.

Fri., Jan. 25 7:00PM - 9:00 PMNorth Branch Nature Center
(slide show)
Montpelier, VT
Tues. March 196:30 PM - 9:00 PMBoston Food Forest Coalition*Mattapan, MA
Wed., March 20 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM The Naturalists Club
(slide show)
Springfield, MA
Sun. April 72:00 PM - 4:00 PMWild Ones Native Landscaping - South Shore MA chapter/Hingham Public Library
(slide show)
Hingham, MA
Thurs. April 11 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM300 Committee Land Trust
(slide show)
Falmouth, MA
Sat., April 13 7:30 PM - 9:30 PMNortheast Natural History Conference*#
(slide show)
Springfield, MA
Sat., May 41:00 PM - 5:00 PMDavid & Joyce Milne Public Library*Williamstown, MA
Tues. May 7 6:30 PM - 8:00 PMSwampscott Conservancy
(slide show)
Swampscott, MA
Thurs. May 96:30 PM - 8:00 PMThe Trustees of Reservations' City Natives Nursery*Boston, MA
Wed. May 151:00 PM - 4:00 PMNew England Wild Flower Society*Acton, MA
Wed. May 156:00 PM - 8:00 PMLunenburg Public Library/Freedom's WayNational Heritage Area
(slide show)
Lunenburg, MA
Sat., May 182:00 PM - 5:00 PMMass Audubon's Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary*Marblehead, MA
Tues. May 216:00 PM - 8:00 PMEssex County Greenbelt Association*Essex, MA
Wed. May 296:00 PM - 8:00 PMAllandale Farm*Boston, MA
Thur. May 306:00 PM - 8:00 PMWaltham Fields Community Farm/Historic New EnglandWaltham, MA
Sun., June 22:00 PM - 5:00 PMListening Tree Cooperative*Chepachet, RI
Mon. June 36:00 PM - 8:00 PM Holly Hill Farm#Cohasset, MA
Tues. June 115:30 PM - 8:00 PMMass Audubon's Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary*Lincoln, MA
Wed. June 122:00PM - 5:00 PMMaine Audubon*/Wild Seed Project*Falmouth, ME
Thurs. June 1312:30PM - 2:30 PMWild Seed Project/Viles Arboretum’s Food & Forest Project*Augusta, ME
Thurs. June 137:00 PM - 9:00 PMAndover Village Improvement Society/Memorial Library
(slide show)
Andover, MA
Mon., June 175:00 PM - 8:00 PMBrewster Conservation Trust/Dennis Conservation TrustBrewster, MA
Tues. June 186:00 PM - 8:00 PMAllandale Farm*#Boston, MA
Wed., June 194:00 PM - 6:00 PMAndover Village Improvement SocietyAndover, MA
Tues. July 96:00 PM - 8:30PMAudubon Society of Rhode Island*Bristol, RI
Wed, July 106:00 PM - 8:00 PMWright-Locke Farm*Winchester, MA
Friday, July 122:00 PM - 5:00 PMHelia Native Nursery*Alford, MA
Tues. July 1610:00 AM - 12:30 PMWestport Land Conservation Trust*Westport, MA
Thurs. July 189:00 AM - 12:00 noonTower Hill Botanic Garden*Boylston, MA
Fri., July 197:00 PM - 9:00 PMD Acres
(slide show)
Dorchester, NH
Sat., July 209:30 AM - 12:30 PMD AcresDorchester, NH
Tues. July 236:00 PM - 8:00 PMAppalachian Mountain ClubCambridge, MA
Thurs. July 2511:00 AM - 2:30 PMEssex National Heritage Area*Salem, MA
Wed. July 3110:00 AM - 12:00 NoonSippican Lands TrustMarion, MA
Tues. Aug. 66:30 PM - 8:00 PMNewburyport Public Library
slide show)
Newburyport, MA
Sat., Aug. 109:30 AM - 2:30 PMCoastal Maine Botanic Garden*Boothbay, ME
Wed. Aug. 14 4:00 PM - 5:30 PMHenry L. Ferguson Musuem
(slide show)
Southold, NY
(Fishers Island)
Thurs. Aug 1510:00 AM - 12:00 NoonHenry L. Ferguson Museum*Southold, NY
(Fishers Island)
Mon., Aug. 193:30 PM - 5:30 PMWarren Land Trust
(part of RI Land Trust Days)
Bristol and Warren, RI
Wed., Aug 28 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM New England Aquarium/
(slide show and walk)
Boston, MA
Tues., Oct 14:00 PM - 6:30 PMMass. Audubon's Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary*Lincoln, MA
Wed. Oct. 167:00PM - 9:00 PMCommon Ground Land Trust
(slide show)
Leicester, MA
Wed. Nov. 65:00 PM - 7:00 PMTufts Student Garden
(slide show)
Medford, MA
Sat. Nov. 91:30 PM - 3:00 PM'Smaller American Lawns Today' (SALT) Conference
(slide show)
New London, CT
Sat. Dec. 71:00 PM - 2:00 PMBay Circuit Alliance
(slide show)
Sharon, MA

§ = includes a wild foods tasting, cooking demonstration and/or dinner;
# = class is already full
* = It is necessary to pre-register directly with the Sponsor for these events. Click on the link(s) provided for each respective event for more info, or contact the sponsor via the following telephone numbers or emails:
Boston Food Forest Coalition: info@bostonfoodforest.org; Allandale Farm (Emily Voiss, (617) 524-1531); Audubon Society of Rhode Island (401)245-7500 ext. 3112); Waltham Fields Community Farm (Ms. Alex Lennon-Simon, (781) 899-2403 ext. 2); Maine Audubon Society (Eric Topper, (207) 221-8972); Essex Heritage (978)-740-0444); Mass. Audubon Drumlin Farm (Emma Scudder, 781-259-2245); Mass. Audubon Ipswich River (978) 887-9264; Essex County Greenbelt Association (Jane Rumrill, (978) 768-7241); The Trustees @ City Natives: (617) 542-7696 ext. 2115 or mdelima@thetrustees.org; Helia Native Nursery: (413) 528-1400;David & Joyce Milne Public Library (413) 458-5369 or milnelibrary@williamstownma.gov; Coastal Maine Botanic Garden:(207) 633-8000; Maine Audubon (Eric Topper, (207) 221-8972; Wild Seed Project:info@wildseedproject.net. Henry L. Ferguson Museum: (631) 788-7239; SALT Conference: Maggie Redfern, mredfern@conncoll.edu, (860) 439-5060.

[Note: For those of you who haven't as yet attended one of the outdoor walks/courses, we usually encounter 25-40 different species of edible wild plants (and, in season, pending favorable weather conditions, mushrooms). Keys to the identification of each species are provided, as well as information about its edible portion(s), season(s)of availability, flavor and nutritive value, and some tips on preparation if necessary. Guidelines for safe and environmentally responsible foraging are also provided. Participants often find a jackknife and several bags for collecting samples useful as well as a notebook and pen. Those who have already been on one or more of these walks often find a refresher course of great value. In addition, there is a constantly changing variety of edible wild plants throughout the year, even at the same location, so that different plants are typically encountered on each visit. If you are especially interested in mushrooms (edible and otherwise), you might also want to check out the Boston Mycological Club. ]

Last update: 12/10/19

Information on Russ's foraging book: "Wild Plants I Have Known...and Eaten"
Foraging articles by or about Russ in Mass. Wildlife Magazine, Yankee Magazine, Edible Boston Magazine, AMC Outdoors Magazine, etc.
Russ Cohen's Biography
Comprehensive (as of 1999) Edible Wild Plant etc. Bibliography, plus updated excerpt
Recipes, including "Faux Gumbo" and "100% Wild Salad" as prepared on the PBS Victory Garden TV program
List of Sponsoring Organizations of Russ' foraging programs