Adam Haritun


Westmoreland Woodlands Improvement Association
2017 Program Topics and Presenters

 

Thursday, May 18, 6:00 p.m.
Expert on Wild-Food Foraging Will Show Woodlands Group How to Find Wild Foods and Medicines

J. Roy Houston Conservation Center (the Westmoreland Conservation District barn behind the

Donohoe Center) at 218 Donohoe Road in Greensburg. Light refreshments will be served.

This event is open to the public.  Free to WWIA members and students with a current student ID;  

$5 for all others. Please call Sandy at WCD (724-837-5271) by Monday, May 15, to register.

Adam Haritan, an expert on wild-food foraging, will combine a short field trip and an indoor presentation,

"Spring Foraging for Wild Plants and Mushrooms."

            Delicious, nutritious and free food—yes, it’s as local as your own backyard! Learn the basics of wild food foraging with Adam during a guided walk through Ann Rudd Saxman Nature Park, followed by a brief discussion and Q&A inside the barn. Topics to be covered include springtime wild plant, mushroom, and tree identification; nutritional benefits of wild foods; harvesting methods; drying and storing methods; medicine making; the sustainability and ethics of foraging; and much more. 

            "You'll learn at least 10 key wild plant species of Western Pennsylvania that can be used for food and/or medicine," Adam promises.

Adam is a wild-food enthusiast, researcher, and forager who leads nature events and workshops throughout Pennsylvania. He runsForagingPittsburgh.com and is the founder of LearnYourLand.com, an online community and database of Pennsylvania's naturalists and nature events. An avid proponent of wild mushrooms, Adam currently serves on the board of the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club.

He says that a quick walk through any natural area in Pennsylvania reveals how diverse and vast our plant community really is.

"I feel it is extremely important—especially in the 21st century—to know and understand the land," Adam explains. "This process reawakens the connection that once bonded our species to nature."

            The talk will begin in the barn at 6:00 p.m. Then we'll spend an hour or so on an informal walking tour of the Ann Rudd Saxman Nature Park, behind the barn. When we come back indoors, Adam will provide more tips about foraging locally and will answer questions from the audience.


June 17, 9:00 a.m. to about 2:30 p.m.

Jessica Salter and David Planinsek, DCNR foresters working out of the Laughlintown office of the Bureau of Forestry, will lead  our seventh annual Forbes State Forest field trip and skills day.

 

October 19, 6:00 p.m.

The annual WWIA potluck dinner and business meeting will be followed by a presentation by Bob McBride, a retired DCNR Bureau of Forestry service forester and an associate director of WWIA. Bob’s talk will include the video A History of Pennsylvania Forests, which features Jim Nelson, who was born and raised in the Allegheny National Forest, received his forestry degree from Penn State, and was director of the PA Bureau of Forestry from 1989 to1994.

 




 

July, August, and September

The board is considering adding a field trip to a tree farm in Westmoreland County or an evening program at the Barn during the summer .

 

October 19, 6:00 p.m.

The annual WWIA potluck dinner and business meeting will be followed by a presentation by Bob McBride, a retired DCNR Bureau of Forestry service forester and an associate director of WWIA. Bob’s talk will include the video A History of Pennsylvania Forests, which features Jim Nelson, who was born and raised in the Allegheny National Forest, received his forestry degree from Penn State, and was director of the Pennsylvania Bureau from 1989 to 1994.


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