Jared Rosenbaum, co-owner of Wild Ridge Plants, and Johann Rinkens of Fields Without Fences will offer a program on native plants and permaculture here at Wild Ridge.
Explore the intersection of permaculture design, perennial agriculture, ecological restoration, and native flora with botanist Jared Rosenbaum of Wild Ridge Plants and farmer / designer Johann Rinkens of Fields Without Fences.
Held at Wild Ridge Farm, the class will explore perennial field plantings, the wild species of the rich mesic forest, and our native plant nursery Wild Ridge Plants, which specializes in native edible and medicinal species as well as ecological restoration plants. Permaculture design principles and patterns will be discussed throughout the day and provide a framework and context for the establishment and care of perennial, native landscapes.
Together, we’ll immerse ourselves in the ecology of useful species, and discuss planting options, natural companions, and stacked functions. We’ll identify and sample wild and planted native species as foods and tea. Drawing from ethnobotany and contemporary herbalism, we’ll explore medicinal uses. Jared will describe the chemical-free nursery practices used at Wild Ridge, and the importance of local ecotypes and genetic diversity in nursery stock.
Please bring lunch, water, and a mug for sampling tea.
Johann Rinkens is the co-owner/operator of Fields Without Fences, an organic farm & regenerative design service based in Hunterdon County, New Jersey.
Approaching land management from a restorative perspective, Johann combines his background in agriculture and anthropology to introduce diverse native flora back into the landscape, develop passive water retention systems, and implement productive reforestation projects based on principles of ecological succession.
Beyond their small farm site, Johann & his partner Lindsay work on sustainable agriculture and permaculture design projects.
Jared Rosenbaum is a botanist, native plant grower, and ecological restoration practitioner. He is the co-owner of Wild Ridge Plants, LLC, a family business that grows native plants sustainably, from locally collected wild seeds.
Jared provides consulting services and teaches classes related to native plant ecology, botany, wild edible and medicinal plants, and ecological restoration.
Jared is the author of two books on native plants, including The Puddle Garden, a children’s book.