Jelly made from black elderberries.

Wild about edibles? Help plant an edible forest!

The Raisin Region Conservation Authority needs your help to plant 200 potted trees and shrubs to expand the edible forest. The event takes place on Saturday, September 29, from 9 am to 12 noon at Gray’s Creek Conservation Area.

The objective is to provide the local community with access to wild tree and shrub edibles as well as learn about the health benefits of wild foods. This is a family-friendly free event, supported by a $4,000 grant from Tree Canada’s Edible Trees Program.

“We want to make wild edibles more accessible to people. They are all around us, extremely nutritious, fresh and free!” says Normand Genier, RRCA’s Forestry Specialist.

To register, please contact the RRCA by phone at 613-938-3611, or by email at [email protected]. Don’t forget to bring a shovel!

Later in October, the RRCA will host another “Wild About Edibles” workshop which will highlight the benefits of wild foods, learning important identification features of wild edible species, and how to properly prepare wild foods.

About Tree Canada’s Edible Trees Program

Tree Canada’s Edible Trees Program offers funding of up to $4,000 and other resources for community-based projects that provides residents with access to fresh fruit and nut trees while making a positive difference to the Canadian environment. For more information, visit http://www.treecanada.ca.

About Raisin Region Conservation Authority

The Raisin Region Conservation Authority has been working with community partners for over fifty years to protect and enhance the local environment. It carries out this role through programs and services related to water and land management, conservation, recreation, community education and plan input/review. For more information, visit http://www.rrca.on.ca.

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