Thursday, April 21, 2016

Dead Horse Bay Forage Walk

Dead Horse Bay Spring Fling
7 May 2016
1pm - 4pm

Dead Horse Bay puts the jungle in the concrete. Join us for a real New York adventure.

There will be a new moon. Our visit is timed for low tide. For textbook foraging - old bottles and wild plants - come and explore New York's Wild West (Wild Southeast, technically), the landfill that was used as a garbage dump for our late 19th and early 20th century city.

On our way to the old bottle-littered beach we'll find pokeweed, dandelions, invasive garlic mustard (above), wild lettuce, dead nettles and three kinds of sumac On the shoreline are indigenous bayberry and sea rocket, a leafy form of wasabi.

 Photo: Vincent Mounier

On the way back we may see common milkweed and the black cherries that are loaded with fruit in late summer. Learn how to use these uncommon common plants in the kitchen.

Photo: Vincent Mounier

Pack a lunch (I will also provide a wild foods-inspired snack) and liquids - we'll stop to picnic on the beach. I recommend hats and sunscreen and strong-soled shoes (there is broken glass and rusty metal on the beach).

About the meeting time: 1pm is the meeting time on site. If you are driving, you can park at Floyd Bennett Field.

For MTA riders, it's the 2 train to Flatbush Avenue/Brooklyn College, then the Q35 bus to the last stop before the bridge.

Final details will be emailed to confirmed walkers.

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