“Fundamental change in America’s agricultural and rural policies is no longer just an option; it’s an absolute necessity. With the right support and policies, we can have rural communities that are thriving economically and ecologically.”
Major policy developments are being called for on three fronts: (1) Policies Leveling the Playing Field for Farmers and Farmworkers, (2) Policies to Empower Farmers, Foresters & Ranchers to Address Climate Change and Protect Ecosystems, and (3) Policies to Foster Investment to Revitalize Rural Communities. Yes, yes and yes!!
Winter rains bring plentiful foraging opportunities from choice greens to delicious mushrooms. Our foraging adventure will teach you where to collect edible plants & fungi and how to identify them safely as well as poisonous specimens to be aware of. Our relaxed hike will end with a sampling of deliciously prepared locally-foraged food.
Many choice greens like Miner’s Lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata), Chickweed (Stellaria media) & Thistle (Cirsium spp.) (just to name a few) are in their immature stages at this time of year. Some species can be foraged as microgreens, which are in some cases more nutritious and succulent than their older counterparts. Plants are predictable but mushrooms are not – we will do our best to find some fungi during the walk. Either way, there will be examples to identify and you will learn habitat considerations for finding edible fungi.
The class is hands-on, in field and provides a perfect chance to directly connect with Nature. The class will focus on identification so you can forage your own foods – we will not be actively foraging as a group. We will discuss ethical harvesting and you will learn ways to tend our local ecosystem towards greater abundance using Native Ecology as our model. That’s right, proper foraging supports a thriving ecosystem- come be a part of the regenerative foraging movement.
The Northeast Healthy Soil Network will strengthen and aid the healthy soil movement in the Northeast region by fostering communication and collaboration. Building on an initial conference in April 2019, the 2020 Symposium will bring together policymakers, farmers, academics, and students for a symposium aimed at advancing healthy soils policies and practices throughout the Northeast.
Agrarian Trust Director, Ian McSweeney, will speak on the creation of the Agrarian Commons. Database & Relationships Manager Megan Browning will also be in attendance.