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Learn how to forage for ramps this weekend

Illustration by JP Thimot


If you’ve always wanted to forage for ramps (also called wild leeks) but either (a) haven’t known where to start, or (b) have been nervous about foraging on your own, there’s an event happening this Saturday that’s guaranteed to make you very happy.

The Director of Education at Buffalo Audubon Society, Lauren Makeyenko, will be leading a very special one-time program on sustainably foraging for ramps. Makeyenko tells Buffalo Spree, “We decided to do this pop-up program to celebrate spring and share one of nature’s truly wonderful edible plants—ramps. While we do not allow harvesting at our nature preserve, we will travel to an area close by to sustainably harvest small amounts of ramps and ensure that they will continue to grow in those areas for years to come.”

The event, entitled “Foraging: Identifying and Sustainably Harvesting Ramps,” will begin at Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java, on Saturday, April 25 from 2:30–4:30 p.m. It is an adult program. Cost is $7 per person and pre-registration is required. Call 585-457-3228 to register.


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