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July 2017

Sun to Sugar – Honoring the Nectar and Fruit of Native Plants

July 7 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

From the light of the sun and carbon in the air, plants create life. Join us in celebrating the sweetness that native plants create - for wildlife, for people. Friday, July 7 3 pm - 7 pm Plant Sale 6 pm Meadow Walk Find our best selection of native plants at our location. See the plants in bloom in our gardens, shrublands, and meadows. Register & Directions - nursery@wildridgeplants.com. *Participants in the Native Plants & Permaculture Design class will receive…

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Native Plants & Permaculture Design

July 8 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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…

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Edible & Medicinal Weeds

July 13 @ 6:30 am - 8:00 pm
Duke Farms, Dukes Parkway West
Hillsborough Township, NJ United States
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Join us on an evening walk through Duke Farms' community garden in search of edible and medicinal weeds. Summer heat brings forth abundant weeds in our cultivated areas - gardens, lawns, and path edges. We'll discuss plant identification and resources. We'll also cover safe and optimal harvesting for great tasting, nutrient dense wild foods and applicable home remedies. Taught by Rachel Mackow of Wild Ridge Plants.

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Meadow Walk – How to Identify Wild Plants

July 15 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Kay Environmental Center, 200 Pottersville Rd.
Chester, NJ 07930 United States
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Join botanist Jared Rosenbaum for an engaging hike at the Kay Center's beautiful wildflower meadows. We'll immerse in the midsummer meadow flora and explore ecology, edible and medicinal species, and more. As we walk, we'll hone the skills to use Newcomb's Wildflower Guide to identify nearly every common wildflower in New Jersey-- even if you have no idea what it might be. Register at www.arboretumfriends.org or by calling 973 326 7603.    

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Field Botanist Six Day Intensive

July 20 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Jared on a botanical survey Learn plant identification skills in a small-class format with botanist Jared Rosenbaum. In this multi-part field trip series, we’ll explore some of northern New Jersey's characteristic habitats, immersing in the flora and discussing ID tips and tools. We’ll discuss the ecological niches of each plant and the cultural uses (food, medicine, craft) that link plants with us. Emphasis will be placed on knowing and understanding plants in a field setting using…

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August 2017

Wild Edible Plant Walk

August 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Schiff Natural Lands Trust, 339 Pleasant Valley Rd.
Mendham, NJ 07945 United States
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Explore the summer landscape for wild foods including berries, wild spices, and tea herbs with Rachel Mackow. This gentle-paced hike will traverse the preserve's trails as we learn about safe and ethical foraging, cook methods, and storage of wild foods. Register: http://schiffnaturepreserve.com/calendar.cfm or (973) 543-6004

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September 2017

Wild Ridge Plants Fall Open GreenHouse

September 16 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join us for our third annual Fall Open GreenHouse in Pohatcong, NJ. We'll have behind-the-scenes nursery and farm tour and a special discount on native wildflowers, shrubs, grasses, and more. Register for directions: rachel@wildridgeplants.com          

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October 2017

Save the Date! Fall Foraging at Baldpate

October 14 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Ted Stiles Preserve at Baldpate Mountain, Fiddlers Creek Road
Hopewell, NJ United States
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Explore the forests and fields of Baldpate Mountain in search of primal sustenance -- the fruits, nuts, and other vegetable products in our local flora. Jared Rosenbaum will lead the hike and highlight edible and medicinal species. We'll also cover plant identification, conservation priorities, and preparation techniques. Program Host: Sourland Conservancy Registration will open closer to the event. Please check back!      

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November 2017

In the Dooryard: Essential Weeds at Our Feet — Presentation & salve-making workshop

November 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 53 East Hanover Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07962 United States
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The edges of our paths, gardens, and lawns are home to resilient plants...weeds like dandelion, plantain, violets, and others are often rogued out, though they have traditional uses as food and medicinal remedies. This presentation weaves together the ecology of common native and non-native plants with their modern and historical uses as food and medicinal remedies. Learn which common weeds are high in healthy fats, and where to find the plant called "nature's bandage". The presentation will be followed by…

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