There's an increasing interest among homeowners, property managers and others to utilize more native species in their landscaping. The fact that many of our native species are also edible by people provides an additional incentive to plant them in yards and landscapes.
In this day long workshop, you can expect to learn more about over 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 portions, seasons of availability and preparation methods, along with guidelines for safe and environmentally responsible foraging. Through presentations, field studies and foraging, we will immerse ourselves into the world of wild edibles, food forest creation and sustainable foraging/gardening practices and techniques.
Learn more about the Forest Garden and restoration agriculture vision and its role as a macro-solution to fighting Climate Change. We will also discuss in more detail how YOU can to start a Forest Garden on a small scale.
Participants will have the opportunity to take home native edible plants and a mycelia starter for use in starting your own edible landscapes at home. In addition, there will be a variety of "wild edibles" to snack on throughout the workshop.
Russ Cohen, expert forager and author of "Wild Plants I have Known...And Eaten," served 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 until his retirement in 2015. Russ is now playing the role of 'Johnny Appleseed' for edible native species and maintains over 1,000 plants that he propagates from seed (some of which he collected himself). He is 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.
Rand Burkert is an Orleans resident, former organic farmer, and "Greenhouse" teacher at Nauset Regional Middle School. He is a founding member of Food Forest Initiative of Cape Cod, which creates public forest gardens; as proprietor of "The Gardening Teacher," he works to help Cape residents achieve greater nutritional independence through gardening for biodiversity, and sharing gifts from the land.
Dave Scandurra, is a founding member of 'Edible Landscapes of Cape Cod' Edible Landscapes of Cape Cod which sprouted in 2013 with the simple mission of helping people grow food and connect with nature in their yards.
Ian Ives, Sanctuary Director, will provide more information on Long Pasture's own efforts in creating a Food Forest and how this project continues to grow and benefit the surround landscapes at the Sanctuary.
This program will meet at Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary. Please check in at the Discovery Center when you arrive.
Dress for the weather and be prepared to adventure up to two miles during the afternoon field session.
Directions to Long Pasture: Cross the Sagamore Bridge onto Cape Cod/Route 6 Mid-Cape Highway. Take exit 72. Turn right onto Willow Street. At end take a left onto Route 6A. About one mile take a right onto Bone Hill Road (you will see a small sign for Mass Audubon Long Pasture). Follow Bone Hill Road to the end where water is visible. Turn left into Long Pasture driveway (large white Sanctuary sign - 345 Bone Hill Rd.) Parking in the field to your left, and around the circular drive in front of the Visitor Center.
Please note our cancellation policy: In order to receive a refund, you must notify us of your cancellation at least 7 days before the program begins. If we cancel the program, you will receive a full refund. We reserve the right to change programs, schedules, and instructors, and to cancel programs due to low enrollment or unfavorable weather.