FEBRUARY 17, 2018, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall in Anderson Student Center 
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul Campus

Jared Rosenbaum 

We Are Wildlife: Edible and Medicinal Native Plants in Restoration Practice

Native edible and medicinal plant species can be integrated into ecological restoration practice, home landscapes, and farms, to create habitats that support (and include) humans as part of native ecosystems and processes. We'll consider designing with and managing for edible and medicinal plant species of habitats such as riparian corridors, ridgelines, and mesic forest. We'll explore the prospect of changing our foodways to patterns that favor native diversity, and reward restoration and stewardship. 
Field botanist, native plant grower, and restoration practitioner Jared Rosenbaum asks whether we can honor the composition of native reference ecosystems and indigenous lifeways, as we restore habitats that support humans, other animals, and native plants alike. 

Jared Rosenbaum is a botanist, native plant grower, and ecological restoration practitioner. He is a founding partner at Wild Ridge Plants LLC, a business that grows local ecotype native plants using sustainable practices, performs botanical surveys, and provides ecological restoration planning services. Jared has extensive experience in stewardship and monitoring of natural communities. He is known as an educator in plant ecology, ecological restoration, and the cultural uses of wild plant foods and medicines. Jared is the author of two books on native plants, including the children's book The Puddle Garden, and maintains an active blog at wildplantculture.com.


Catherine Zimmerman

Stories of Bringing Nature Home: Rethinking Our Approach to Landscape

Inspired by Dr. Tallamy’s Bringing Nature Home, Catherine Zimmerman produced Hometown Habitat  a collection of stories told by people looking to reduce lawn in exchange for the beauty and abundance of meadows.   These stories are the touchstone for going further in spreading the idea of selecting for native plants.  How might we spread the news of native plants and natural projects in our communities and nationwide?  What does it take to make a difference locally and nationally?  Catherine explores approaches to connect with schools, organizations, neighborhood groups, and individuals to create healthy habitats for humans and wildlife alike.

Catherine Zimmerman is a certified horticulturist and landscape designer based in Ohio and an honorary Wild Ones National Director   . She is an Accredited Organic Land Care Professional (AOLCP) from the NOFA Organic Land Care Program and has designed and taught a course in organic landscaping for the USDA Graduate School Horticulture program.
Catherine is also an award-winning director of photography, celebrating 41 years as a documentary filmmaker focusing primarily on education and environmental issues. Environmental videos of hers include global warming documentaries for CNN Presents and New York Times Television; Save Rainforests/Save Lives, Freshfarm Markets, Wildlife Without Borders: Connecting People and Nature in the Americas, and America’s Sustainable Garden: United States Botanic Garden.


Rachel Mackow

Native Nourishment: Breaking Bread with Wildlife 

Native plants can be restored into our gardens and natural areas. Can they be restored deeply into our culture by using them for food and medicine? Join native plant grower Rachel Mackow as she offers portraits of her favorite sustaining species - delicious, nutritive, and healing wildflowers, fruits, and roots. 
Rachel will explore the uses of native plants like bee balm, wild leek, Solomon's seal, groundnut, shagbark hickory and more. Moving beyond lore found in books, Rachel will reveal ways she and her family use wild plants at home. She will talk about their suitability for native gardens and landscapes of all sizes, and touch on how these natives support our extended family of wildlife - pollinators, passerines, and others. 
Together, we will look at ways human communities can equitably share native bounty with wild communities, bringing us all closer.

Rachel Mackow is a founder and co-owner/operator of Wild Ridge Plants, a native plant nursery and stewardship consulting service. On the farm, Rachel manages Wild Ridge's chemical-free container nursery and field plantings.   Rachel is dedicated the restoration of native plant communities that sustain both people and wildlife. She enjoys wild plant cookery, making herbal preparations, and traditional plant craft as a way of life and as a meditation.  She offers her time and knowledge to several community-based projects. Rachel serves on the Technical Advisory Committee for the NJ Invasive Species Strike Team. She also participates in a project that seeks to heal local watersheds; the program's guiding vision is "Restoring Paradise: One Watershed at a Time".
Rachel is also a writer. Her current writing can be read on her humorous and thoughtful blog, The Shagbark SpeaksShe lives on a windy ridge in New Jersey with her husband, son, and many, many wild plants.