Edible Wild Plants and Mushrooms in and around Chelmsford

7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
Main Library
McCarthy Meeting Room (whole room)

Event Details

The area in and around Chelmsford is home to over 70 species of edible wild plants, some of which are more nutritious and/or flavorful than their cultivated counterparts.  Join Russ Cohen, expert forager and author of Wild Plants I Have Known...and Eaten, for a 75-minute slide show entitled "Edible Wild Plants and Mushrooms in and around Chelmsford".  It covers over three dozen of the tastiest species the region has to offer.  These range from plants everyone knows well, like Daisies and Dandelions, to plants they may never have even heard of, like Calamus and Carrion Flower. About a dozen tasty wild mushroom species will be covered as well, including morels in the spring, black trumpet chanterelles in the summer, and hen-of-the-woods in the fall.  Russ will present information for each species on identification tips, edible portion(s), season(s) of availability and preparation methods, along with general guidelines for safe and environmentally-responsible foraging.  Russ will also bring along handouts and a foraged goodie for people to taste.

About Russ Cohen:

Until his retirement in June of 2015, Russ Cohen served for over two decades 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.  Since his retirement, Russ now has more time to devote to his passionate avocation: connecting to nature via his taste buds, and assisting others in doing the same. He is an expert forager and author of the book Wild Plants I Have Known…and Eaten, published in 2004 by the Essex County Greenbelt Association, and now in its sixth printing. Mr. Cohen has been teaching foraging since 1974 and leads foraging walks each year at a wide variety of venues throughout the Northeast.  In addition,  Russ is  endeavoring to become a “Johnny Appleseed” of sorts for native edible species, propagating plants from seed he has collected, as well as establishing partnerships with land trusts, municipalities, state and federal agencies, schools and colleges, and other landowners and land managers to plant edible native species from his native edible plant nursery on appropriate places on their property. 

Event Type(s): Library Programs

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