Wild Food Foraging with Russ Cohen

Wild-Plants-I-Have-Known-673x1024Wild Food Foraging with Russ Cohen 

July 31, 6PM at Stefans Farm on Mechanic Street in Upton 

The Upton Open Space Committee and The Friends of Upton State Forest are co-sponsoring  Russ Cohen for his return visit to Upton. 

Russ Cohen, author of the foraging guide Plants I Have Known…and Eaten is a professional environmentalist and wild foods enthusiast who is passionate about sharing his interest in wild foods.  For over 40 years he has been leading walks to introduce participants to edibles in the outdoor environment.  

Russ received his bachelor’s degree in land use planning from Vassar College in 1978, and received a masters in Natural Resources and a law degree from Ohio State University in 1982. He has been employed by the Riverways Program (now part of the Division of Ecological Restoration) of the Mass. Department of Fish and Game since 1988, and has served as its Rivers Advocate since 1992.

Russ grew up in Weston where he spent much of his free time in the woods, cultivating a strong spiritual connection to nature.  His first formal exposure to edible wild plants occurred in an “edible Botany” mini-course offered by his high school biology department. He learned about two dozen edible species that grew around the high school grounds, and the class had a big “feed” at the end of the course. Russ got turned on to the subject, went to the local library and took out every book he could find on the topic, taught himself over fifty more species, and, in his senior year of high school (1974), he taught the Edible Botany class he had taken as a sophomore.

 Russ has led walks for over two dozen different organizations, including the Massachusetts Audubon Society, the New England Wild Flower Society, The Trustees of Reservations and the Ecological Landscaping Association. These foraging programs were held at various outdoor locations throughout New England, ranging from two-hour evening walks in the city and suburbs to lengthier explorations in the mountains and along the seacoast. During the “off-season”, Russ writes articles on foraging and gives slide presentations featuring many of his favorite edible wild plants and mushrooms found in New England. Russ’ foraging book, Wild Plants I Have Known…and Eaten, came out in June of 2004, and is now in its fifth printing.  More information can be found at http://users.rcn.com/eatwild/bio.htm

The program takes place on Thursday, July 31st at Stefans Farm on Mechanic Street in Upton  Meet at the Upton Community Garden parking lot (near the power lines). Sign in at 5:45PM, walk begins at 6PM.  There is some rough footing, so participants should wear appropriate shoes and consider clothing to protect against ticks.  Bug repellant is recommended.  The program is free of charge.  For more info contact  uptonopenspaceevents@charter.net


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