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Wild Edibles on the Bidwell House Museum Grounds

June 13, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Explore the Bidwell grounds with Wild Edibles expert, Russ Cohen

The Southern Berkshires region is home to over 80 species of edible wild plants, many of which are more nutritious and/or flavorful than their cultivated counterparts. Join wild edibles enthusiast Russ Cohen, author of the book Wild Plants I Have Known…and Eaten, on a two-hour ramble through the fields, gardens and forests surrounding the Bidwell House Museum to learn about at least 18 species of edible wild plants. Pending favorable weather conditions, several edible mushroom species may be encountered as well. Keys to the identification of each species will be provided, along with info on edible portion(s), season(s) of availability and preparation methods, as well as guidelines for safe, ethical and environmentally responsible foraging.

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. 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 over three dozen foraging, he has set up a small nursery (in Weston, MA) where he grows/keeps plants that he propagates from seed (some of which he collected himself). He is then partnering with land trusts, cities and towns, schools and colleges, state and federal agencies, tribal groups, organic farms and others to plant plants from his nursery in appropriate places on their properties.

Please note that some of this walk may traverse uneven terrain so wear shoes appropriate for hiking. Bring water and dress for the weather. If heavy rain is forecast, the walk may have to be postponed. The Museum will notify attendees as early as possible for any changes to the date or time.

This walk is limited to 25 people and pre-registration is required.


The Bidwell House Museum
100 Art School Road
Monterey, MA 01245 United States


The Bidwell House Museum

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