Where the Wild Things Are: Foraging in the Berkshires Russ Cohen, professional environmentalist and wild foods enthusiast, led a group of Berkshire locals through the woods in Stockbridge in May to see what edible plants could be found. Burdock, Stinging Nettles and Creeping Thyme were a few of the plants found on the walk organized by Berkshire Farm & Table.
Throughout the month of May, eight wild food walks led by experienced and passionate instructors focused on responsible harvesting techniques, recipes and the history of foraging in the Berkshires. The month-long celebration of wild spring edibles was presented in partnership with Berkshire Grown’s Farmed + Foraged culinary event May 20 – 22. The Williams College Sustainable Food and Agriculture Program sponsored this first-time event as its educational value and access to students is in line with its mission.
Russ Cohen is with the MA Department of Fish and Game and has led dozens of classes/walks for organizations including the Massachusetts Audubon Society, The Trustees of Reservations and the Appalachian Mountain Club. He is the author of a foraging book titled Wild Plants I Have Known…and Eaten. For more info about Russ, visit: (http://users.rcn.com/eatwild/bio.htm).