Local educator Rachel Goclawski returns to Stearns Farm for a foraging walk on Wednesday, July 11 from 6-8 pm.. Participants will learn about edible herbs, trees, and other wild plants. 

Goclawski will discuss foraging safety, key plant identifiers, the nutritional and medicinal value of each find, and how to prepare and preserve each edible plant. She will focus on sustainable foraging—collecting highly invasive and renewable plants such as Japanese knotweed, garlic mustard and autumn berries. You will touch, smell, taste, and collect wild plants.

“Many wild plants contain valuable nutrients, and they help your body fight disease,”  says Goclawski, who became interested in wild plants after she had a severe reaction to poison ivy and needed an alternative to conventional medication to treat it. Goclawski suggests coming prepared to take photos and detailed notes about at least 5-10 of the dozens of edible plants she’ll cover during the walk.

Although the workshop is currently full, interested members can join a waiting list. The program, which we are cosponsoring with Sudbury Valley Trustees, is free to Stearns Farm and SVT members and $10 for non-members. Register at https://www.svtweb.org/calendar/foraging-stearns-farm-0