Developing one’s foraging skills can change the way one looks at the forests and fields around one. Foraging can be a fun and rewarding way to sharpen one’s skills of observation as well as add more interest and variety into one’s diet.
Hosted by Damariscotta River Association, author and expert wild food forager Russ Cohen will offer a slide show and discussion on edible native wild plants with a focus on those found in the Damariscotta region. The talk will take place on Saturday, Jan. 27 from 4-6 p.m. at DRA’s Great Salt Bay Farm on Belvedere Road in Damariscotta.
DRA will offer a follow-up wild edibles field walk with Cohen in June.
Cohen has taught classes about wild edibles for more than 42 years. He often leads more than three dozen classes/walks a year for more than two dozen different organizations, including the Massachusetts Audubon Society, the New England Wild Flower Society, the Trustees of Reservations, and the Ecological Landscape Alliance.
Cohen has received numerous awards for his work including a Heritage Hero award from the Essex National Heritage Commission in 2006 for his foraging writing and programs. He received the 2013 Education Award from the New England Wild Flower Society.
Cohen’s book on foraging, “Wild Plants I Have Known…and Eaten,” first published in 2004, is now in its sixth printing. To learn more about Cohen, go to users.rcn.com/eatwild/bio.htm.
To help with planning, participants are asked to register by Wednesday, Jan. 24. The program is free of charge.
A nonprofit, membership-supported, and nationally accredited land trust and conservation organization, Damariscotta River Association is dedicated to preserving and promoting the natural, cultural, and historical heritage of the Damariscotta region, centered on the Damariscotta River.
DRA has active programs in the areas of land conservation, stewardship, community education, water quality monitoring, marine conservation, and cultural preservation.
Visitors are welcome at the Great Salt Bay Heritage Center in Damariscotta as well as the many other DRA properties throughout the region. For more information call 563-1393, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to damariscottariver.org.