About Us

Wild Ridge Plants is owned and operated by Rachel Mackow and Jared Rosenbaum. We are located in Pohatcong Township, NJ where Warren County’s rolling farmland meets the Musconetcong River and the rugged ridges of the Highlands.

We offer a comprehensive toolkit of services including a native plant nursery, habitat restoration design,  botanical surveys, and ecological workshops. We take inspiration from a deep study of the natural world, and from permaculture, herbalism, foraging, and ethnobotany.

See our Portfolio for recent projects.


Rachel Mackow is dedicated to the restoration of native plant communities that sustain and engage both people and wildlife. On the farm, Rachel manages the nursery operation. She authors stewardship plans, lending her knowledge of restoration practices and invasive species management. She enjoys helping people reconnect to plants and self-reliance through teaching foraging skills, herbal practice, and traditional plant uses.

She is a member of the New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team’s Technical Advisory Committee.

Rachel’s honest and humorous autobiographical writing features stories about farm life, family, using wild plants, and instinctual mothering. She is also an accomplished photographer. Her work has been exhibited published and exhibited internationally. Read more at her blog at The Shagbark Speaks.

Jared Rosenbaum is a botanist and native plant grower with extensive experience in stewardship and monitoring of natural communities. He is a Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner by the Society for Ecological Restoration.

His recent botanical surveys include comprehensive floristic surveys and management monographs for Jonathan’s Woods County Park and Pine Pond Preserve. Jared has performed botanical survey work on over 10,000 acres of public land in New Jersey.

He is the author of two books on native plants, including the children’s book The Puddle Garden. Jared is prominently featured in the documentary film Sourlands, and hosted the premier episode of The Creature Show. Jared is a botanist and the propagation manager at our nursery where he handles seed collection and germination.

Jared’s blog about people, native plants, and restoration can be found at Wild Plant Culture.

For General Inquiries:

info [@] wildridgeplants.com or (908) 319-7230


An Increasingly Rare Breed, by Erin Eck, Gardening in the Sky blog, February 6, 2018. A piece on field botanists, including Jared Rosenbaum, written by a head gardener at New York City’s famed linear park, The High Line.

The New Nativists article, by Fran McManus, Edible Jersey magazine, Winter 2014. A nicely-penned overview of Wild Ridge Plants at our previous location.

A Family Business from the Wild Plant Culture blog. A behind-the-scenes candid piece by Jared Rosenbaum, co-owner of Wild Ridge, describing our vision and business practices with both humor and gravity.

We’re featured in National Geographic’s Guide to the Scenic, Wild Delaware River.


We’re a River Friendly Farm! We were certified River Friendly by North Jersey RC&D in 2018.


Portraits by Cari Ellen.