Native plants can be restored into our gardens and natural areas. Can they be restored deeply into our culture by using them for food and medicine? Join native plant grower Rachel Mackow as she offers portraits of her favorite sustaining species – delicious, nutritive, and healing wildflowers, fruits, and roots.
Rachel will explore the uses of native plants like bee balm, wild leek, Solomon’s seal, groundnut, shagbark hickory and more. Moving beyond lore found in books, Rachel will reveal ways she and her family use wild plants at home. She will talk about their suitability for native gardens and landscapes of all sizes, and touch on how these natives support our extended family of wildlife – pollinators, passerines, and others.
Together, we will look at ways human communities can equitably share native bounty with wild communities, bringing us all closer.
Rachel Mackow is a founder and co-owner/operator of Wild Ridge Plants, a native plant nursery and stewardship consulting service. On the farm, Rachel manages Wild Ridge’s chemical-free container nursery and field plantings. Rachel is dedicated the restoration of native plant communities that sustain both people and wildlife. She enjoys wild plant cookery, making herbal preparations, and traditional plant craft as a way of life and as a meditation. She offers her time and knowledge to several community-based projects. Rachel serves on the Technical Advisory Committee for the NJ Invasive Species Strike Team.
Rachel is also a writer and photographer. Her current work can be read on her humorous and thoughtful blog, The Shagbark Speaks. She lives on a windy ridge in New Jersey with her husband, son, and many, many wild plants.