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Edible Native Plant Walk

with Justin Wexler

and Anna Plattner

of Wild Hudson Valley

Saturday, May 4, 2024, 11am​ - 1pm

Valentino Family Community Forest

Cropseyville, NY

- Rain or shine - 

Pre-registration is required. Space is limited, so register early. Registration for this special event is $25/person.

Please read details below about cancellation and refunds. To register, click on the link at the bottom of the page.

About this outing
Join us for a two hour walk and presentation and learn all about seasonal native wild edible plants, their history and ecology, how to gather them sustainably, and how to prepare them! Led by ethnoecologist Justin Wexler and forest farmer Anna Plattner of Wild Hudson Valley, this event is a part of Foraged NY - Troy, NY's Wildly Delicious Food Festival.

The walk will be held at Rensselaer Plateau Alliance's Valentino Family Community Forest, an easy drive of about 20 minutes from downtown Troy. Please note that this event will focus on identification and uses of native edible and medicinal plants, and no substantial harvesting will take place during the walk. Make sure to bring comfortable walking shoes!

What to expect & what to bring
This outing will include approximately two hours of walking in the woods over moderate terrain. There will be some periods of standing and stopping. Please bring water and a snack and wear weather-appropriate layers and footwear. 

About the outing leaders

A life-long resident of the Hudson Valley, Justin Wexler has devoted his life to sharing his love for the natural world and for the region's original inhabitants. Obsessed with nature from his earliest years, he has spent most of his life either in the outdoors or in his research on local history and ethnoecology. He has studied regional Algonquian languages, history and folklore for over two decades, sharing discoveries with scholars and with tribal language departments. He has a BA in History and Anthropology from Marlboro College in Marlboro, VT; a Professional Certificate in Environmental Policy from Bard College and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Bard College.

Anna Plattner grew up in the Hudson Valley, spending much of her time in the Catskill Creek watershed, where she fell in love with her natural surroundings. She obtained a  BS Cum Laude in Natural Resources at Cornell University, and gained experience working at the Greene County Cooperative Extension and Agroforestry Resource Center and at numerous local farms. She soon became the general manager of the largest wild-simulated ginseng farm in the world. Anna leads walks and workshops focusing on ginseng and agroforestry, and co-leads walks and workshops with Justin on an array of topics. She has a wealth of knowledge in local ecology and forest farming practices and a friendly, infectious enthusiasm that will persuade anyone to fall in love with our environment.

Registration, cancellations, & refunds

Pre-registration is required. Registration for this special event $25/person. Space is limited, so register early to reserve your spot.

Please read details below about cancellation and refunds. Register by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.


If you register but are no longer able to attend, please contact Dan at as soon as possible to cancel. If you cancel by 5pm on Friday, April 19, 2024, we can offer to refund your registration fee. After that, we can offer you a refund only if your spot can be filled.


We expect this outing to occur as scheduled, rain or shine. However, if the outing is postponed, we'll offer refunds to registered participants who can't make the new date. If the outing is cancelled, we'll offer refunds to all registered participants. 


If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Dan at

Register Here

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