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The Foraging Forest

The Foraging Forest is a unique restoration project that brings together habitat restoration and community engagement in a creative new way.  We are reminded that restoration projects strengthen the ecosystem benefiting all plants and animals – including humans.  

The planting site will grow to become an outdoor community space where people can learn about ecology, history, biology, and sustainable foraging – or simply enjoy a moment of serenity in Simcha’s Corner.

The Foraging Forest is a native plant restoration funded by the Simcha Rudolph Charitable Trust and is in partnership with the Sourland Conservancy, Mercer County Park Commission and D&R Greenway Land Trust.

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Create a foraging forest in your own backyard

  1. Remove invasive species by pulling or cutting. Use herbicide sparingly – and only if absolutely necessary. Carefully follow package directions.
  2. Prepare the site for planting: layer old cardboard and wood chips as mulch or for pathways.
  3. Choose native plants that are appropriate for growing conditions: sun, moisture, soil type. Click here for the plant list for the Foraging Forest.
  4. Install the native plants.
  5. Protect the plants from deer by installing fencing.
  6. Maintain the site: water regularly until plants are established and continue removing invasive plants.

Hillsborough High School student, Keana Werlen, created a cookbook to showcase Foraging Forest plants. Download Keana’s cookbook here.


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