Foraging with “Wildman” Steve Brill at Sticks and Stones Farm

“Wildman” Steve Brill Wild Food and

Ecology Walking Tour

Sunday September 4, 2:30-4 p.m.

Sticks and Stones Farm, Newtown

Wildman Steve Brill foraging for edible mushrooms at Sticks and Stones Farm. Photo contributed by Sticks and Stones Farm.

“Wildman” Steve Brill has been leading foraging tours for years at Sticks and Stones Farm in Newtown, a 60-acre organic sanctuary famous for its stone and moss gardens. Steve Brill comes to the farm to lead tours three times a year -early spring, summer and fall – as each season offers different wild edibles to scout and collect. Bring a paper bag and small trowel, wear good walking shoes, carry a water bottle and apply insect repellent. You never know where Wildman’s going to go as he follows his nose. Maybe there will be chestnuts on the American chestnut tree (a rare and delicious treat as most American chestnuts were wiped out by blight in the early 1900s). Finds from past years include meadow and other mushrooms, hawthorne berries, lamb’s quarters, wild carrots, field garlic, acorns (white oak), and shagbark hickory nuts.

During Wildman’s” 90 minute tour you will learn to find, identify and gather seasonal edible shoots, leaves, weeds, mushrooms and more from the land. You keep what you gather. Fees: $25 per adult, $10 per child under 12. Kindly RSVP to Annie at 203-270-8820.

The house boat is one of the rustic residences available to guests looking for a quiet retreat. Photo contributed by Sticks and Stones Farm.

While you’re at Sticks and Stones, enjoy the farm stand which is open 7 days a week in the main barn from 7am until dusk. Organic tomatoes, haricot verts, garlic, banana fingerling and Yukon gold potatoes, sorrel, Swiss chard, herbs, Trombocino and yellow squash can all be found at the farm now. Visit the moss and stone shop,  experience the 54′ labyrinth, and check out the cabins for rent.

Questions? Call or email Annie at anniesands@gmail.com and visit the website at http://sticksandstonesfarm.com/.

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