Edible Wild Plant/Mushroom Walks and Courses -
Schedule for the Year 2015.


Dulse Seaweed - Photo by Russ Cohen

Leader/Instructor: Russ Cohen


Please contact Russ at (617) 626-1543 (w), (781) 646-7489 (h), or eatwild@rcn.com for more information. You may also want to check out the hot links at the bottom of this page, especially the foraging articles from Massachusetts Wildlife Magazine, Yankee Magazine and Edible Boston Magazine, as well as the recipes for wild dishes prepared on the "Victory Garden" PBS TV show. 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. Listen to a foraging segment featuring Russ that aired on NPR affiliate WBUR's "Here and Now" program on 7/12/06. Click here to view a segment featuring Russ on "Fresh to Flavorful", a cooking program that airs on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network. 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. NEW! 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.

DateTimeSponsor(s)Location
Sat., Feb. 71:00 PM - 3:00 PMWestport Land Conservation Trust
(slide show)
Westport, MA
Wed., Feb. 117:30 PM - 8:30 PM Ecological Landscape Alliance
(webinar)
Online
Thurs. Mar. 193:30 PM - 4:30 PM Connecticut Cooperative Extension
(slide show - part of 2015 Garden Conference)
Storrs, CT
Sat., Apr. 1111:20 AM - 12:20 PMMarshfield Agricultural Commission
(part of "The Backyard Farm and Garden" lecture series)
Marshfield, MA
Thurs. Apr. 167:00 PM - 8:30 PMAudubon Society of Rhode Island/
(slide show)
Bristol, RI
Thurs. May 74:30 PM - 6:30 PMNunckatesset GreenwayBridgewater, MA
Thurs. May 286:30 PM - 8:00 PMLawrence Library (located in Pepperell, MA)
(slide show)
Pepperell, MA
Mon., June 16:00 PM - 8:00 PMBeverly Open Space and Recreation CommitteeBeverly, MA
Tues. June 27:00 PM - 9:00 PMLynnfield Tree Committee(co-sponsored by the Lynnfield Public Library and the Lynnfield Cultural Council)
(slide show)
Lynnfield, MA
Wed. June 36:00 PM - 8:00 PMLynnfield Tree Committee(co-sponsored by the Lynnfield Public Library and the Lynnfield Cultural Council)Lynnfield, MA
Thurs. June 46:00 PM - 8:00 PMOpacum Land TrustBrimfield, MA
Tues. June 96:00 PM - 8:00 PMAudubon Society of Rhode IslandBristol, RI
Wed., June 106:00 PM - 8:00 PMSiena FarmsSudbury, MA
Thurs. June 114:30 PM - 7:00 PMYork Land TrustYork, ME
Sun., June 141:00 PM - 4:00 PMNew England Wild Flower Society/
The Trustees of Reservations*
Marblehead, MA
Wed. June 165:00 PM - 8:00 PMMass. Audubon's North River Wildlife Sanctuary
(slide show + walk)
Marshfield, MA
Thurs. June 187:00 PM - 8:30 PMMass. Horticultural SocietyWellesley, MA
Mon., June 22 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Appalachian Mountain Club Boston Chapter Local Walks Committee/
Blue Heron Organic Farm
Lincoln, MA
Wed., June 246:00 PM - 8;00 PMEcological Landscape Alliance*Belmont, MA
Tues. July 7T.B.A.Needham Public Library
(slide show)
Needham, MA
Wed. July 86:00 PM - 8:00 PMDennis Conservation TrustDennis, MA
Thurs. July 95:00 PM - 7:30 PMNeedham Public LibraryNeedham, MA
Wed. July 156:00 PM - 8:00 PMAllandale Farm*Boston, MA
Thurs. July 16T.B.A.Mahoosuc Land Trust
(slide show)
T.B.A.
Fri., July 17T.B.A.Mahoosuc Land Trust
(part of Androscoggin Source to Sea canoe trip)
T.B.A.
Tues., July 216:00 PM - 8:00 PMWright-Locke FarmWinchester, MA
Sat., Sept. 129:30 AM - 12:00 NoonBear-Paw Regional GreenwaysHookset, NH
T.B.A.6:00 PM - 8:00 PMWrentham Open Space CommitteeWrentham, MA

Additional programs may be added to this schedule as arrangements are worked out with sponsors.

= 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. Telephone numbers or registration links:
The Trustees of Reservations (Ramona Latham,(978) 281-8400 or capeann@ttor.org); New England Wild Flower Society: (508) 877-7630 ext.3303; Allandale Farm (Emily Voiss, (617) 524-1531); Friends of Fresh Pond: (Elizabeth Wylde, (617) 349-6489); Mass. Audubon North River (Laura Maloney, (781) 837-9400 ext. 7907); Ecological Landscape Alliance (Penny Lewis, (617)436-5838).

[Note: For those of you who haven't as yet attended one of these 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: 5/22/15


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