Rumney, NH – The Quincy Bog Natural Area announces a workshop entitled Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants and Fungi Workshop, presented by Rick van der Poll on Sunday, June 4 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at Quincy Bog Natural Area Nature Center.


Back by popular demand! Sign up for this short seminar led by Rick Van de Poll, focusing on what is readily available for food and herbal medicine in the central New Hampshire Region. A colorful slide show will introduce participants to the common plant and mushrooms that have been used for centuries by Europeans and Natives alike. Reference works will be reviewed and a special soup for the day will be prepared for optional sampling. This will be followed by a short, easy hike around Quincy Bog in search of what is “out” and identifiable. Workshop participants may find some early mushrooms to pick and prepare.


In past years Rick has led the popular Fabulous Fungi Workshop at the Bog. Two years ago when “Fab Fungi” participants expressed interest in exploring the world of edible and medicinal plants, it was decided to offer this new workshop as part of Quincy Bog’s 2016 and now 2017 program series.


Dr. Rick Van de Poll is the principal of Ecosystem Management Consultants (EMC) of Sandwich, New Hampshire. Beginning in the mid-1980’s, his company was one of the first to perform natural resource inventories for the public and private sector of New England. With an emphasis on biodiversity conservation, Dr. Van de Poll has included inventories of all species of flora and fauna on over 300,000 acres of land in every corner of the state. He has recorded over 1500 fungi and 2100 species of plants in New Hampshire, and has eaten and/or used hundreds of species for food or medicine. As a lecturer, Rick has presented at dozens of seminars and conferences as an invited guest and keynote speaker. He serves on the NH Rare Plant Task Force, and is responsible for a number of rare plant records in northern New England. He co-founded the Monadnock Mushroom Club in 1988, and founded the local Sandwich Area Mushroom (SAM) Club in 2001.


Registration Information:


The workshop is limited to 20 people. Wear comfortable walking shoes; bring drinking water, a lunch and bug spray. Baskets and 10x hand lens are encouraged.  Please bring your favorite reference guides as well. Pre-registration required, confirmed upon payment of $20 fee. Contact Betty Jo Taffe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 603-786-2553. Checks should be payable to Quincy Bog Natural Area – Workshop, and mailed to Quincy Bog Natural Area, P.O. Box 90, Rumney, NH 03266. Please include your email address so we can confirm your registration upon receipt of your check.


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