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Member: Russ Cohen

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Address 57 Chester Street
Arlington MA 02476
United States
Phone Numbers Work: Array
Cell: 781-228-1492
Primary Business Educator, Grower/Propagator/Nursery
Other Primary Business Since my retirement from the Mass. Department of Fish and Game in June of 2015, in addition to continuing to give talks and lead walks about wild edibles (see more about that below), I am now playing the role of “Johnny Appleseed” for edible native species. I have set up a nursery (in Weston, MA) where I grow/keep over 1,000 plants of the more than 170 species of plants native to Northeast ecoregions that are edible by people. Many of the plants in my nursery I propagated from seed that I collected myself; others I have obtained from other ethical and reliable sources, such as the Native Plant Trust (formerly the New England Wild Flower Society)’s Nasami Farm. I am then partnering with land trusts, cities and towns, schools and colleges, state and federal agencies, tribal groups, organic farms and others to plant plants from my nursery in appropriate places on their properties. I have initiated over two dozen such projects in the past five years. (BTW, I do not charge for my plants or my time working on these projects.) What I have been doing, with groups interested in partnering with me, is to walk land trust and other properties, to see what plants are already there, and then make up a list of edible native species that, while not already on the property, should do well if planted on that property. You can learn more about my “Johnny Appleseed for edible natives” venture at this link:
Specialties Ecological Restoration,
Native Plants
Other Certifications Massachusetts Audubon Society, Grow Native Massachusetts, Wild Seed Project, Native Plant Trust, New England Botanical Society, North American Native Plant Society, CT Botanical Society, RI Wild Plant Society, Wild Ones - South Shore Chapter, Appalachian Mountain Club, The Nature Conservancy

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