2017-wild-ridge-asclepias-incarnata A selection of blog entries and articles by Rachel Mackow and Jared Rosenbaum of Wild Ridge Plants with topical information on wild plant uses and ecology:


Selections from Rachel’s blog, The Shagbark Speaks:

American Hazelnut Going Nuts American hazelnut custard recipe

Mordant-free natural dyes – black walnut (Juglans nigra) and Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergi)

More mordant-free natural dyes – curly dock (Rumex crispus)

More mordant-free natural dyes – privet fruit (Ligustrum obtusifolium)

First wild foods as an adolescent



Articles by Jared Rosenbaum

Spikenard: Lifeways of a Lesser Known Forest Herb – Monograph originally published in Plant Healer Magazine

Selections from Jared’s Wild Plant Culture blog:

Twelve Pollinator Plants from Spring Thaw to Autumn Frost – Nectar & pollen through the seasons

Nursery Plants Without Chemical Poisons – How we grow our plants

Zero Tolerance For Plants – Roadside mowing

Eating Like a Monarch – Milkweed ecology and recipes.

Wild Tastes and AromasWild edibles are more than just survival food – they constitute a path to a deeper, sensual connection with the natural world around us.

Hickory CoffeeHere’s a quick way to process hickory nuts and make a rich, nutty, oily beverage I’m calling “Hickory Coffee”

Berryland re-wilding landscapes full of shrubby fruits

Plant Elderslongevity and the herb layer

Black Birch Tea Uses and ecology of black birch

2017-wild-ridge-grown-wildRachel’s Grown Wild column from Edible Jersey Magazine, 2013-2015

Putting the Garden to Bed (Fall 2015)

Home Remedies Natural help for sunburn poison ivy and bug bites (High Summer 2015)

A Very Hungry Caterpillar Planting your garden with edible natives for butterflies and people (Summer 2015)

A Child’s GardenCultivating a Young Grower (Spring 2015)

Gifts of Nature This season, give a homemade salve (Holiday 2014)

Are You an Ant or a Grasshopper? Collecting nature’s bounty in preparation for winter (Fall 2014)

Into the Bramble A primer on wineberries, blackberries, black cap raspberries and more (High Summer 2014)

Just Add WaterA primer on wild tea. (Summer 2014)

A Lion of Spring – Those yellow-headed dandelions can be bitter and delicious. (Spring 2014)

A First Taste of The WildA mother observes her son’s first reach for wild edibles (Summer 2013)

The Shagbark HickoryA family enjoys a fall ritual, slowly (Holiday 2013)

Swamp GardeningA lesson in listening to the soil (High Summer 2013)

Toddler at Market A young shopping assistant samples with confidence (Fall 2013)

Links to Partners

We work with and/or support a variety of organizations and entities that offering essential resources and services related to wild plants and environmental stewardship. Follow the links below to learn more about their missions and for educational resources.

Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve provides the opportunity to visit a deer-excluded forest in Bucks County, PA. Also offers Plant Stewardship Index, plant sales, and educational programming.

Chrysalis Center & Pat Chichon RN, APN C is a whole care provider based in the Lambertville area.

Duke Farms offers natural history & stewardship programming, and hiking & biking trails. The preserve is deer-excluded and has undergone extensive restoration.

Ecological Solutions LLC offers comprehensive ecological restoration planning and monitoring services.

Fields Without Fences is a local permaculture farm and certified organic producer focusing on native fruits and berries, specialty vegetables, wild edibles, culinary and traditional herbs, and wild flowers.

Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space offers the innovative Private Land Stewardship Program to residents of the Hopewell Valley.

Great Road Farm is a “beyond organic” vegetable farm supplying Agricola restaurant in Princeton and selling produce at the West Windsor Farmer’s Market.

Hunterdon Land Trust protects and stewards land in Hunterdon County.

Montgomery Friends of Open Space preserves and stewards land in Montgomery Township, NJ, and runs the Montgomery Farmers’ Market.

Musconetcong Watershed Association protects the watershed that Wild Ridge Plants is nestled in.

Native Plant Society of New Jersey is dedicated to the appreciation, protection, and study of the native flora of New Jersey.

New Jersey Conservation Foundation preserves, stewards, and advocates for nature throughout New Jersey.

New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team is dedicated to cooperative invasive species management, focusing on the detection and eradication of emerging invasive species. Publishes a Do Not Plant List.

Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey supports New Jersey’s organic farmers and gardeners.

Northern Woodlands is a magazine and education center dedicated to expanding forest stewardship, economic productivity, and the appreciation of forest ecology.

Return to Nature provides classes on medicinal and edible plants and survival.

Sourland Conservancy works to protect and steward the ecology and heritage of the Sourland Mountains – central New Jersey’s largest contiguous forest. Sourland Stewards provides educational programming and resources to residents.

Sourlands is a documentary by Jared Flesher that weaves together the stories of ecologists, farmers, and inventors to portray the fight for resilience and sustainability in our neck of the woods.

The Creature Show is a series of short films that feature New Jersey’s endangered wildlife and biologists that work with them. Jared Rosenbaum is guest host for the first episode on vernal pools.

Weatherwood Design is a landscape architectural consulting firm specializing in native plant-based garden design and sustainable rustic furniture.

United Plant Savers protects native medicinal plants through education, plant sanctuaries, and conferences. Publishes the “At-Risk” and “To-Watch” Lists of plants susceptible to over-harvesting and habitat loss.