Edible Wild Plant/Mushroom Walks and Talks -
Schedule for the Year 2021.



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 "in person" 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. Read a profile of Russ appearing in Northern Woodlands Magazine's Community Conversations, October, 2020. NEW! Watch a segment about Russ that aired on the Chronicle TV show on 7/27/21.

DateTimeSponsor(s)Location
Wed. Feb. 246:00 PM - 7:00 PMUniversity of Maine Extension
(slide show)
online
Sat. March 209:15 AM - 10:30 AMMass. Land Trust Coalition
(slide show - part of the 2021 MA/RI Land Conservation Conference)
online
Thurs. March 257:00 PM - 8:00 PMBecket Athenaeum
(virtual walk and commentary)
online
(filmed in Great Barrington, MA)
Tues. March 30 7:00 PM - 8:15 PMSociety for the Protection of NH Forests
(slide show)
online
Tues., April 67:00 PM - 8:15 PMNOFA/MASS
(free webinar)
online
Tues. April 137:00 PM - 8:30 PMGroton (MA) Public Library
(slide show)
online
Mon., April 267:00 PM - 8:45 PMPortsmouth Public Library
(slide show)
online
Wed. April 287:00 PM - 8:30 PMBrewster Conservation Trust
(slide show)
online
Thurs., April 297:00 PM - 8:15 PMLexington Nature Speaker Series
(slide show)
online
Thurs.,May 67:00 PM - 8:30 PMMorse Institute (Natick Public) Library
(slide show)
online
Wed., May 127:00 PM - 8:30 PMFreedom's Way National Heritage Area
(slide show)
online
Thurs., May 137:00 PM - 8:30 PMNashua Public Library
(slide show)
online
Tues., May 256:00 PM - 8:00 PMAllandale Farm*
(walk)
Boston, MA
Wed., June 26:00 PM - 8:00 PMWoonasquatucket River Watershed Council
(walk)
Providence, RI
Sat., June 51:00 PM - 4:00 PMThe Nature Museum*
(walk)
Grafton, VT
Thurs. June 10 - Sun., June 13online
(on demand)
International Herb Symposium*
(slide show and virtual walk)
online
Tues., June 156:00 PM - 8:00 PMWaltham Fields Community Farm*Waltham, MA
Wed., June 166:00 PM - 8:00 PMWoonasquatucket River Watershed Council
(walk)
Smithfield, RI
Thurs., June 174:00 PM - 6:30 PMAudubon Society of Rhode Island*
(walk)
Bristol, RI
Sun., June 201:00 PM -2:15 PMHarvard University Museums of Science and Culture
(virtual wild edibles walk + Q+A)
online
Thurs., June 246:00 PM - 8:00 PMAllandale Farm*
(walk)
Boston, MA
Wed., July 75:00 PM - 7:00 PM Brewster Conservation Trust
(walk)
Brewster, MA
Tues. July 136:00 PM - 8:00 PMFlint (aka Middleton Public) Library*
(walk)
Middleton, MA
Thurs. July 155:45 PM - 7:45 PMTower Hill Botanic Garden*
(walk)
Boylston, MA
Fri., July 232:00 PM - 5:00 PMMaine Audubon/
Wild Seed Project
*
(walk)
Falmouth, ME
Mon. July 26 5:30 PM - 8:00 PMAtowiBrattleboro, VT
Fri., August 6 10:00 AM - 2:30 PMEssex National Heritage Area*#
(walk)
Salem, MA
(Bakers Island)
Mon., Aug. 91:00 PM - 4:30 PMThe Livery*#Sunapee, NH
Wed., Sept 15:00 PM - 7:00 PMWaltham Fields Community Farm*Waltham, MA
Thurs., Sept. 237:30 AM - 9:30 AMBuzzards Bay Coalition*Acushnet, MA
Tues. Sept. 286:00 PM - 7:30 PMWilbraham Public Library
(slide show)
Wilbraham, MA
Wed. Sept. 29 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM West Newbury Wild and Native
(slide show)
online
Thurs. Sept. 30 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM West Newbury Wild and Native*#
(walk)
West Newbury, MA
Mon., Oct. 44:00 PM - 6:00 PMMiddlesex Conservation DistrictWestford, MA

NOTE: The events list below are from last year (2020). Some of these were recorded and are available online. See, e.g., videoed segments of a virtual wild edible walk along the Housatonic River in Great Barrington, MA, which was filmed at the end of May. For other walks and talks that were recorded: if the word "online" in the list below is clickable, you should be able to access it.
DateTimeSponsor(s)Location
Sat., Jan. 1811:00 AM - 12:15 PMMt. Cuba Center*
(slide show)
Hockessin, DL
Thurs. Jan. 307:00 PM - 9:00 PMBoxford Trails Association/Boxford Open Land Trust
(slide show)
Boxford, MA
Thurs. March 5 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM and
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Ecological Landscape Alliance*
(slide show and hands-on workshop)
Amherst, MA
Thurs. May 147:00 PM - 8:15 PMBoston Food Forest Coalition
(webinar)
online
Thurs. May 287:00 PM - 8:30 PM Mass. Association of Conservation Commissions*
(webinar)
online
Sat., May 301:30 PM - 4:00 PMMass. Rivers Alliance*
(online video)
Filmed in Great Barrington, MA
Thurs. June 46:00 PM - 8:00 PMWaltham Fields Community Farm*/Historic New England*
(virtual walk)
online
Thurs. June 113:30 PM - 5:00 PMPaul Pratt Public Library
(aka Cohasset Public Library)
(slide show)
online
Wed., June 177:00 - 8:30 PMBrewster Conservation Trust
(slide show)
online
Wed., July 17:00 PM - 8:15 PMMount Grace Land Conservation Trust
(slide show)
online
Wed., July 87:00 PM - 8:30 PMWild Seed Project
(slide show)
online
Wed., July 156:00 PM - 8:00 PMThe Trustees of Reservations*
(walk)
North Andover, MA
Tues., July 21onlineEssex County Greenbelt Association*
(virtual walk)
online- filmed in Essex, MA
Thurs. July 237:00 PM - 8:30 PMRodgers (Hudson, NH Public) Library*
(slide show)
online
Sat., July 253:30 PM - 6:00 PMAudubon Society of Rhode Island*
(walk)
Bristol, RI
Sun. July 2610:45 AM - 12:15 PMNortheast Regional Permaculture Convergence
(webinar)
online
Tues. Aug. 46:00 PM - 7:30 PMNorth County Land Trust
(slide show)
online
Thur., Aug. 67:00 PM - 8:30 PMWildlands Trust
(slide show)
online
Fri., Aug.287:00 PM - 8:15 PMSippican Lands Trust
(slide show)
online
Sat., Sept. 121:00 PM - 4:00 PMWare River Nature Club
(walk)
Hubbardston, MA
Tues. Sept. 151:00 PM - 4:00 PM D Acres
(walk)
Dorchester, NH
Wed., Sept. 237:00 PM - 8:30 PMWare River Nature Club
(slide show)
online
Tuesday, Sept. 293-5 PMNorth County Land Trust#
(walk)
Sterling, MA
Tuesday, Oct. 63:00 PM - 5:00 PMTower Hill Botanic Garden*
(walk)
Boylston, MA
Tuesday, Oct. 67:00 PM - 8:30 PMMorse Institute (Natick Public) Library
(slide show)
online
Wed. Oct. 147:00 PM - 8:30 PMSomerville Garden Club
(slide show)
online
Wed., Oct. 216:30 PM - 8:00 PMDerry Public Library
(slide show)
online
Thurs. Oct. 296:30 PM - 8:00 PMTower Hill Botanic Garden*
(slide show)
online
Tues. Dec. 156:00 PM - 7:00 PMPittsfield Green Drinks
Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT)
(slide show)
online

= 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 Nature Museum: Jay DeGregorio, (412) 719-1080; Audubon Society of Rhode Island: (401)245-7500 ext. 3112); Waltham Fields Community Farm: (Jessica Herwick, (781) 899-2403); Allandale Farm: (617) 524-1531; allandale@allandalefarm.com; Tower Hill Botanic Garden: (Kyle Jacoby, (508) 869-6111 x101); Essex Heritage: (978)-740-0444); Essex County Greenbelt Association (Jane Rumrill, (978) 768-7241); Flint (aka Middleton Public) Library: Charlie Pope, cpope@flintpublib.org; The Livery (Barbara Sullivan,(603) 540-5084); Wild Seed Project:info@wildseedproject.net; Maine Audubon: (207) 781-2330; International Herb Symposium: https://www.internationalherbsymposium.com/; Buzzards Bay Coalition Sarah E. Jennings, 508-999-6363 x.282.

[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: 9/24/2021




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