Backyard Wilderness
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"Foraging for wild plants growing in clean, natural, nutrient rich soils, and creating an organic garden in your own backyard with both cultivated fruits and vegetables and wild plants around the perimeter, can provide wholesome, vitamin packed foods for you and your family."
"It's never too early to teach the next generation about the life-giving benefits of natural, organic soils."
We are also scheduling private and community events for 2014.
Please contact Mike Ather at 1-802-279-9547 or
via to request a walk, talk, workshop or PowerPoint presentation.

Topics include, but not limited to:

Wild Edible Plants and Mushrooms, Edible Landscaping, Personal Sustainability-Beating the System, Soil 101 - Collaborating with Agents of the Underground, Composting 101, Vermiculture 101, Organic Gardening, Organic Lawn Care, Landscaping and Gardening for a Healthy Future, Winter Gardening under Lights, and Gardening and Gathering like the First Peoples of the Northeast.
Hi Folks,

It's almost that time of year again!
Looking forward to another season walking my five favorite locations, (and one exciting new one!), with you (see below), so please consider yourself invited to join me most Sundays from April to November.
For those who can't make Sunday walks, I will be scheduling a few weekdays and Saturdays this year, too. (Please let me know if there are days that work best for you and I'll see what I can do!)

Macrae Farm Park in Colchester
Mud Pond in Williston
Five Tree Hill in Williston
Middlesex Notch, Middlesex, VT
Ethan Allen Homestead Park, Burlington, VT
Waterbury Cross Vermont Trail - New for 2017!

There are so many different plants and mushrooms that appear at different times of the year and each of my locations offers an entirely different environment with its own unique diversity of wild plants.

The price of each walk is $20, but there are discounts! If you choose to attend both Saturday and Sunday of the same weekend walk, you get the second walk for half price. In other words $30 for both days!

Also, by purchasing in advance you may attend any four walks for the price of three. Thatís $60 for any four walks!
Canít get enough wild plant knowledge? Enroll in my 2017 certificate series. What better way to learn edibles and medicinals throughout the entire season!
Click on the link below to view the full schedule for the coming season. If you would like more information simply call (802) 279-9547, or email me at
Click here to view 2017 Full Schedule