Edible Wild Plant/Mushroom Walks and Courses -
Schedule for the Year 2016.

Dulse Seaweed - Photo by Russ Cohen

NOTE: Programs have finished for 2016. A premiliminary schedule of programs for 2017 will be posted here by mid-January.

Leader/Instructor: Russ Cohen

Please contact Russ at eatwild@rcn.com or (781) 646-7489 (h) 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. 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. Click here to view the October, 2014 edition of "Books and Beyond", in which Ellen Meyers of the Newton Free Library interviews Russ in advance of his foraging presentation at the Library. (This show won a Second Place award in the Talk Show category from the Alliance for Community Media-Northeast Region at its 17th Annual Video Festival.)

Sat., Jan. 169:00 AM - 10:15 AMNortheast Organic Farming Association (NOFA)/Mass. Winter Conference *
(slide show)
Worcester, MA
Sat.,Jan. 309:00 AM - 10:15 AMNortheast Organic Farming Association (NOFA)/New Hampshire (NH) Winter Conference*
(slide show)
Concord, NH
Sat., Mar. 1911:00 AM - 12:00 noon and 1:30 PM - 2:30 PMConnecticut Master Gardener Association Symposium*#
(slide show)
New London, CT
Sat., Apr. 212:45 PM - 2:15 PMMass. Land Conservation Conference*
(slide show)
Worcester, MA
Tues., Apr. 127:00 PM - 9:00 PMAudubon Society of Rhode Island*
(slide show)
Bristol, RI
Tues. Apr. 196:30 PM - 8:00 PM Northfield Public Library
(slide show)
Northfield, MA
Sat., May 71:00 PM - 3:00 PMEssex County Greenbelt Association*North Andover, MA
Sun., May 81:00 PM - 4:00 PMThe Trustees of Reservations/New England Wild Flower Society*Newbury, MA
Tues. May 106:00 PM - 8:00 PMNorthfield Public LibraryNorthfield, MA
Sunday, May 153:00 PM - 4:30 PMBoston Public Market/The Trustees of Reservations*
(slide show)
Boston, MA
Tues., May 176:30 PM - 9:00 PMPeabody Institute Library of Danvers
(slide show)
Danvers, MA
Wed., May 186:30 PM - 8:00 PMRandall (Stow) Public Library
(slide show)
Stow, MA
Sat., May 211:00 PM - 4:30 PMHildene/Transition Town Manchester*Manchester, VT
Wed., May 256:00 PM - 9:00 PMMass. Audubon's Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary*Lincoln, MA
Thurs. June 26:00 PM - 8:00 PMWaltham Fields Community Farm/Historic New England*Waltham, MA
Mon., June 66:00 PM - 8:00 PMCitizens for Lexington ConservationLexington, MA
Tues. June 75:30 PM - 7:30 PMCity of Cambridge Water Department*Cambridge, MA
Wed., June 86:00 PM - 8:00 PMNashua River Watershed AssociationPepperell, MA
Sat., June 119:00 AM - 12:00 noonSociety for the Preservation of New Hampshire Forests*Madbury, NH
Sun., June 129:00 AM - 12:00 noonThe Trustees of Reservations/Mass. Audubon's Ipswich River Wildlife SanctuaryMarblehead, MA
Tues., June 146:00 PM - 8:00 PMAllandale Farm*Brookline, MA
Wed., June 156:00 PM - 8:00 PMSeacoast NH Permaculture Meetup GroupPortsmouth, NH
Thurs. June 166:00 PM - 8:00 PMOpacum Land TrustNorth Brookfield, MA
Tues., June 215:00 PM - 6:30 PMBarnstable Land Trust/
(Slide show)
Barnstable, MA
Wed., June 223:00 PM - 5:30 PMBarnstable Land TrustBarnstable, MA
Wed., June 296:00 PM - 8:00 PMHolly Hill Farm/Cohasset Conservation TrustCohasset, MA
Mon., July 116:00 PM - 8:00 PM Fruitlands*Harvard, MA
Wed., July 131:00 PM - 3:00 PMWestport Land Conservation TrustWestport, MA
Wed., July 136:00 PM - 8:00 PMAudubon Society of Rhode Island*Bristol, RI
Mon., July 1810:00 AM - 12:00 noonSippican Lands TrustMarion, MA
Tues., July 196:00 PM - 8:00 PMAllandale Farm*Brookline, MA
Wed., July 203:00 PM - 7:00 PM Sudbury Valley Trustees*Sudbury, MA
Sun, July 241:00 PM - 4:00 PMGreylag Cabins*Pittsfield, NH
Mon., July 256:00 PM - 8:00 PMBlue Heron Organic FarmLincoln, MA
Tues., July 266:00 PM - 8:00 PMWright-Locke Farm*Winchester, MA
Thurs. Aug 42:00 PM - 4:30 PMEssex National Heritage Area*Salem, MA
Sat., Sept. 101:00 PM - 4:00 PMMaine Audubon Society*/
Wild Seed Project
Falmouth, ME
Tues., Sept. 131:00 PM - 3:00 PMThe Trustees of Reservations*Canton, MA
Sat., Sept. 248:00 AM - 4:00 PMBoston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area
(wild edibles walk on Peddocks Island as part of a "Bioblitz" event)
Hull, MA
Wed. Sept. 2810:30 AM - 12:00 noonNorth Stonington Garden Club
(slide show at the Wheeler Library)
N. Stonington, CT
Wed. Sept. 281:00 PM - 3:00 PMNorth Stonington Garden ClubN. Stonington, CT
Sat., Oct. 19:00 AM - 12:00 noonMass. Audubon's Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary*Lincoln, MA
Sun. Oct. 21:00 PM - 4:00 PMMendon 350th Anniversary CommitteeMendon, MA
Thurs. Oct. 13 5:30 PM - 7:00 PMVassar College Environmental Cooperative
(slide show)
Poughkeepsie, NY
Mon., Nov. 146:30 PM - 8:00 PMNorth Shore Permaculture Collaborative
(slide show)
Newburyport, MA
Thur. Nov. 177:00 PM - 9:00 PMDudley Historical Society
(slide show)
Dudley, 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:
The Trustees of Reservations (Newbury and Marblehead: Ramona Latham,(978) 281-8400 or capeann@ttor.org) (Canton: Julie Early, jearly@thetrustees.org) (Boston: Sara Ross, sross@thetrustees.org); New England Wild Flower Society: (508) 877-7630 ext.3303; Allandale Farm (Emily Voiss, (617) 524-1531); City of Cambridge Water Department(Martine Wong, mwong@cambridgema.gov); (617) 349-6489); Hildene (Stephanie Moffett Hynds, (802) 367-7960); Sudbury Valley Trustees (Debbie Pullen, (978) 443-5588); Audubon Society of Rhode Island (Tala Wunderler-Selby, (401)245-7500 ext. 3112); Waltham Fields Community Farm (Ms. Alex Lennon-Simon, (781) 899-2403 ext. 2); Fruitlands (Melissa Kershaw, (978) 456-3924, ext. 291); Wright-Locke Farm (rcarter@wlfarm.org); Greylag Cabins ((603) 435-5555); Society for the Preservation of New Hampshire Forests (Martha Twombly,(603) 224-9945 ext. 319); Maine Audubon Society (Doug Hitchcox - 207-781-2330 x2370); Essex Heritage (Meredith George, (978)-740-0444).

[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: 11/21/16

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