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Nibbling on Natives in Your Backyard and Beyond [webinar]

Wed, 02/24/2021
6:00pm - 7:00pm

There’s an increasing interest among homeowners to utilize more native species in their landscaping for attracting and sustaining beneficial insects.  Many of our native species are edible by people too, providing an additional incentive to add them to yards and landscapes. In this webinar from UNH Extension and UMaine Cooperative Extension, the fourth in our joint winter webinar series, join Russ Cohen, expert forager and author of Wild Plants I Have Known…and Eaten, as he features 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.

Registration is required and a $5 donation is optional. Register on the event webpage to attend live or receive a link to the recording. This session is the fourth in a six-part winter gardening webinar series to be offered every other Wednesday through March for Granite State and Pine State gardeners.

Meet Our Speaker

Until his retirement in June of 2015, Russ Cohen’s “day job” was serving 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. Now Russ has more time to pursue his passionate avocation, which is connecting to nature via his taste buds, and assisting others in doing the same. In addition to leading foraging walks and talks each year at a wide variety of venues throughout the Northeast, Russ has now taken on a role as a “Johnny Appleseed” for edible native species.  He has set up a small nursery outside of Boston, where he grows/keeps over 1,000 plants that he has propagated from seed.  He partners with land trusts, cities and towns, schools and colleges, tribal groups, state and federal agencies, and others to plant plants from his nursery in appropriate places on their properties.  Russ has initiated over two dozen such projects in the past five years.

Moderator: Kate Garland, Horticulture Professional for UMaine Extension

If you are a person with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Pamela Hargest, UMaine Extension Horticulture Professional,  at or 207.781.6099 to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 7 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however, all requests will be considered.

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