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Enjoy a “Taste” of the Wild in Union County

Debbie Naha-Koretzky (far left) provides the public with hands-on guidance about finding and using edible plants in the wild, with a unique perspective on the nutritional aspect of wild edibles. Credit: Gary Szelc.

Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites the public to enjoy a free class on wild edibles with Debbie Naha-Koretzky – known as The Wild Edibles Lady – on Sunday, October 27, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Deserted Village of Feltville in the Watchung Reservation, at 13 Cataract Hollow Road in Berkeley Heights.

The program is free but preregistration is required by emailing

“We hope that participants will gain a new appreciation for biodiversity in our public parks, and learn how to help maintain a healthy habitat for native species,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski.

The program includes a slide show, a short walk to identify edible plants in the Watchung Reservation, and a habitat conservation exercise in which attendees can help remove an excess growth of wild watercress from nearby Hermit’s Pond.

Removing some of the excess growth will enable other species to populate the pond.

Participants who volunteer to help are invited to taste recipes made with wild edibles including watercress soup, wild salad, and sumac “lemonade.”

Ms. Naha-Koretzky received her master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University. She is a Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Rutgers Master Gardener, certified science teacher, and Pennsylvania Master Naturalist. With her advanced training in nutrition, she provides unique insights into the field of edible foraging. For more information about Ms. Naha-Koretzky visit

To find out more about volunteering in Union County parks, visit the Adopt-a-Park/Adopt-a-Trail program online at

Quick links to all Union County environmental programs and activities are available at The Green Connection,

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