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November 2016

Smudge Sticks

November 19, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Wild Ridge Farm

Smudge stick bound with dogbane cordage. In this class, we'll discuss the use of smudge sticks -- bundles of herbs that are burned. Aromatic plants have long been used around the world for spiritual means. They clear and refresh one's whole self and surroundings. Together, we'll identify and harvest native and non-native plants and assemble a smudge stick to take home. Please bring clippers, masking tape, and a bag for harvesting. Taught by Rachel Mackow. November 19, 9:30 am -…

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April 2017

Tea Garden: Growing, Harvesting, and Preparing Herbs for Tea

April 19, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
High Bridge Emergency Rescue Squad Building, 95 West Main Street
High Bridge, NJ 08829
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Growing your own tea herbs makes for a fresh, tasty beverage. In this hands on class, we'll prepare tisanes of many herbs - familiar mints, increasingly popular herbs from abroad like lemon grass and tulsi, and even delicious native herbs. Learn how to harvest and prepare herbal brews, and how to properly store herbs for year-round use for both tea and general cooking needs. Hosted by: Country Garden Club Presenter: Rachel Mackow  

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Stockton Market: Earth Day Plant Sale & Workshops

April 22, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Stockton Market, 19 Brisge Street
Stockton, NJ 08559 United States
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We are fortunate to live in such a richly bio-diverse area of the world. Nestled beside this beautiful river, under the sun & the shade of countless trees, our lands offer more medicine, health, food & wisdom than a person could receive in one lifetime. This #EarthDay Weekend, Stockton Market celebrates the land we call home and all the lovely gardeners and farmers within it with a local **Plant Sale**. We’ve invited a few well-loved farms to bring locally grown…

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May 2017

Mercer County Master Gardeners Plant Expo

May 6, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Mercer Educational Gardens, 431A Federal City Rd.
Pennington, NJ 08534
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Wild Ridge Plants is a featured grower at the Master Gardeners of Mercer County's annual Plant Expo. We will accept pre-order for pick up at the sale. Pre-orders will be accepted between April 15 - May 4. Our plants are chemical-free!

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Wild Ridge Plants – Spring Open GreenHouse

May 13, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wild Ridge Farm

New! Our first Spring Open GreenHouse at Wild Ridge Plants! Visit our native plant nursery and farm in the height of spring planting season. Join us for a behind-the-scenes nursery and farm tour. We're located in rural Pohatcong Township, Warren County. Register for directions: rachel@wildridgeplants.com Download 2017 Spring Open GreenHouse Plants Catalog with full color images and plant descriptions. 2017 Spring Open GreenHouse Plant List: Species Name Common Name Form Allium cernuum Nodding Onion Forb Allium tricoccum Wild Leek Forb…

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Native Plant Sale @ The Whole Earth Center of Princeton

May 20, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Whole Earth Center, 300 Nassau Street
Princeton, NJ United States
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Attention gardeners, bird-lovers, environmentalists, and everyone who enjoys the outdoors: Whole Earth Center will host a half-day of plant sales, information and education on landscaping with Native Plants. Rachel Mackow and Jared Rosenbaum of Wild Ridge Plants will sell a selection of native wildflowers, trees, and shrubs.

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Warren County Preservation Day

May 21, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
VanNest-Hoff-Vannatta Farmstead, 3026 Belvidere Road
Harmony Township, NJ 08865 United States
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    Stop by our table - we'll have a selection of natives for sale. Plus, our own Jared Rosenbaum will lead a edible & medicinal plant walk at noon. Family-friendly, food, music, history, and demos.  

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Edible and Medicinal Plants of Musconetcong Gorge

May 24, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Musconetcong Gorge Reservation, 182 Dennis Road
Bloomsbury, NJ 08804 United States
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Did you know that wild ginger makes an excellent tea? That Solomon's seal shoots are an asparagus-like vegetable? Can you identify different wild greens in the forest, including the bicolored Virginia Waterleaf?  Explore the diverse mesic forest of Musconetcong Gorge while encountering the edible and medicinal uses of the many plant species found there.  Botanist Jared Rosenbaum of Wild Ridge Plants will weave together traditional plant uses, ecology, and field botany on a modest-paced hike through this rich, scenic habitat.…

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July 2017

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

July 7, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wild Ridge Farm

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, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wild Ridge Farm

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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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 our senses and the…

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August 2017

Wild Edible Plant Walk

August 17, 2017 @ 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 – Friday & Saturday, Sept. 15/16

September 15, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - September 16, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
Wild Ridge Farm

Join us for our third annual Fall Open GreenHouse in Pohatcong, NJ. We'll have 10% off our chemical-free native plants both days, all day.     Friday, September 15 3PM - 7PM -- Nursery open for sales. 6PM -- Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants - free guided walk Saturday, September 16 10AM -- How to Identify Wild Plants - free program 10AM - 4PM -- Nursery open for sales. Rachel Mackow & Jared Rosenbaum, owner-growers at Wild Ridge Plants will…

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October 2017

Save the Date! Fall Foraging at Baldpate

October 14, 2017 @ 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

Native Plant Society of NJ Fall Conference

November 4, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Raritan Valley Community College, 118 Lamington Road
Branchburg , NJ 08876 United States
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The NPS-NJ Fall conference will feature Dr Chris Martine, Dr John Dighton, and Sharon Wander followed by a speaker TBD. Bio and descriptions of the speakers and their presentations TBA. Wild Ridge Plants and other fine native plant growers will have their plants for sale.  

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NOFA-NJ Autumn Celebration

November 5, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association, 31 Titus Mill Rd.
Pennington, NJ 08534 United States
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We welcome you to have a lively and fun evening with the Northeast Organic Farming Association New Jersey community! The Autumn Celebration will feature live music, a contra dance, and an art exhibit showcasing the wonderful world of pollinators. Sue Dupre will be  our contra dance caller, known for her energy, enthusiasm, and good humor, Sue loves to work with crowds of new dancers.  Her repertoire of dances are easy to learn and fun for all ages!  No partner or…

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

November 18, 2017 @ 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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February 2018

Design With Nature: Wild Ones Annual Conference

February 17 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
University of St. Thomas, Minnesota Anderson Student Center, 2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105 United States
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DESIGN WITH NATURE CONFERENCE February 17, 2018 Anderson Student Center, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul Campus Featuring... Jared Rosenbaum and Rachel Mackow of Wild Ridge Plants and... Catherine Zimmerman of The Meadow Project, and director of Urban & Suburban Meadows and Hometown Habitat: Stories of Bringing Nature Home.  

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