Expert forager Russ Cohen ‘78 to give talk about native edible plants, October 13, 2016

Expert forager and author of Wild Plants I Have Known…and Eaten, Russ Cohen will give talk on native edibles on Thursday, October 13, 5:30pm, at the Vassar Barns in the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve. This event is free and open to the public.

Cohen’s talk will feature a 90-minute slide show showing at least two-dozen species of native edible wild plants suitable for adding to the landscape, or nibbling on as you encounter them in other locales. He’ll discuss keys to the identification of each species and highlight which portions are edible. The talk will also address availability and preparation method(s), along with guidelines for safe and environmentally responsible foraging.  Cohen will supply helpful handouts as well as bring along samples of foraged goodies made from edible native species for people to taste.

Cohen spent 27 years as the rivers advocate for the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Ecological Restoration.  He has been teaching foraging for more than 40 years and conducts numerous foraging walks and talks each year at a wide variety of venues throughout the Northeast.

About The Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns
The Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns is an outreach initiative by Vassar College working to expand and coordinate conservation initiatives throughout the Hudson Valley by supporting current efforts and developing new programs to inspire further engagement in environmental issues by the college, community and region.  The Cooperative is located at 50 Vassar Farm Lane in Poughkeepsie. Visit to learn more.

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Posted by Office of Communications Friday, September 30, 2016