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Viles Arboretum Edible Wild Foods Walk with Russ Cohen

June 13, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm


Did you know that the Viles Arboretum used to be a farm that grew food for the Augusta Mental Health Institute? Over 150 years later, this land is still producing food, but now it is the wild plants of the forests and fields. To learn how to identify these plants, join expert wild forager, Russ Cohen, for a ramble through the arboretum’s landscape. Russ, who has over 45 years of experience identifying, propagating, sustainably harvesting and cooking with wild plants, will show you native edible species that you can plant in your landscape and also many non-native weeds that offer plentiful foraging opportunities. Russ is the author of Wild Plants I Have Known…and Eaten.

Program fee: $20/person. Space is limited, so register early on the Wild Seed Project Shop!
This program is sponsored by Wild Seed Project and the Viles Arboretum’s Food & Forest Project. The Viles Arboretum’s Food & Forest Project is creating a multi-layered landscape that will provide food for both people and wildlife while also creating habitat. Many of the shrubs, perennials and groundcovers will be native to Maine to encourage bird and pollinator species as well as showcase the abundance of edible foods that grow naturally in our state.


Viles Arboretum
153 Hospital St
Augusta, ME 04330 United States
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