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Wild Ones Design with Nature Conference
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When: Saturday, February 17, 2018
Where: University of St. Thomas
James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall in Anderson Student Center
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, Minnesota  55105
United States
Contact: 612-293-3833

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This year’s conference brings you three winning native plant activists -- Each passionate about bringing nature home, and about restoring and living in ecologically healthy and natural landscapes. Each will enable you to imagine new ways to make a difference in your home, yard, neighborhood, community - one will point you to looking nationally !

Edible and Medicinal Native Plants in Restoration Practice

Jared Rosenbaum, our keynote speaker, is a field botanist and ecological restoration practitioner in the New Jersey Highlands, dedicated to finding ways to create sustainable habitat that supports humans, other animals, and native plants alike. With his wife, Jared operates Wild Ridge Plants LLC, a young business growing local ecotype native plants using sustainable practices and providing ecological restoration planning services. He is committed to expanding the role native plants play in home landscapes, food gardens and permaculture farming, seeing permaculture as a way to renew exhausted human landscapes with beauty, complexity, and diversity.
How might we change our food ways, our growing practices and eating habits, to favor the diversity of edible and medicinal native plants needed for natural land restoration and stewardship?
Jared blogs at

Communicating Our Mission - Ditching the Lawn !

Catherine Zimmerman is well known for her 30+ years of educational work in environmental filmmaking. Inspired by Dr. Douglas Tallamy, she began the Meadow Project, and a book, Urban and Suburban Meadows, which clearly explains how anyone can turn a lawn into a meadow-scape. “I wanted to educate people about how ecosystems work and how we can play a part in making them healthy rather than destroying them, which is what we have been doing,” she says. Most recently, natural landscapes are receiving widespread attention from her newest film, 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 communicating 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 and agencies to create healthy habitats for humans and wildlife.
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Elixirs, Nutrition and Spices from the Native Garden

Join native plant grower Rachel Mackow as she offers portraits of her favorite sustaining species - delicious, nutritive, and healing wildflowers, fruits, and roots. She explores the uses of native plants such as bee balm, wild leek, Solomon's seal, groundnut, shagbark hickory and others. Rachel will describe their suitability for native gardens and landscapes of all sizes, and touch on how these natives support our extended family of wildlife including pollinators and birds. With her husband, Rachel operates Wild Ridge Plants LLC, and manages their chemical-free container nursery and field plantings. She also serves on the Technical Advisory Committee for the New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team, and participates in a project working to heal local watersheds.

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?

Rachel blogs at

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