Native Edible Trees and Shrubs in the Home Landscape (Online)

Wednesday November 16

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7:00 PM  –  8:30 PM

Preregistration is required for this online class geared for adults. 

Blending aesthetics, value for wildlife, and human food in the home landscape is entirely possible. In this online class, we’ll touch on a range of edible trees and shrubs that are “good for you, good for wildlife,” as well as some “from the forest” planning and management approaches that help us work with nature. 

We’ll cover: 

  • Native trees and shrubs provide triple duty value for wildlife (flowers, leaves, and fruits), as well as cover for birds 

  • The 6 p’s: planning, placement, perception, pollination, pruning, production 

  • Striking a balance between a harvest for you and feeding wildlife 

  • Taking cues from nature and the value of diversity 

  • We’ll touch on many (but not all) of the following: Pawpaw, persimmon, elderberry, black chokeberry, spicebush, highbush cranberry/Viburnum, raspberries, blackberries, nut trees, black walnut, hazelnut, hickory nut, native passion fruit, sumac, wild gooseberry, serviceberry, and more.

About the Instructor: A 25+ year veteran of Cincinnati Nature Center (CNC), Jason Neumann currently serves as public programs manager, crafting experiences that immerse visitors in nature and leading interpretive trainings. He works toward translating CNC’s “plant native” initiative into visitor engagement opportunities and has a special interest in connecting people to nature through food.  Growing up on a small farm sparked his deep interest in agriculture, which was fanned to flame through a BS degree in Crop and Soil Sciences (Michigan State University), and later a graduate certificate in Agroforestry (University of Missouri – Columbia). Drawing from the perspective of a farmer/naturalist, he seeks to work with nature whether in his suburban backyard operation called Someday Farm, the CNC Edible Plants and Foraging Group (founded in 2013), or managing the native perennial polyculture plots and native 2-acre pawpaw grove at Long Branch Farm & Trails. Jason is on the board of the Ohio Pawpaw Growers Association.

This will be a live, virtual class on the Zoom meeting platform. Your link to attend the meeting will be sent immediately after registering in a follow-up email. You do not need the Zoom application to participate. If you do not receive your Zoom link by 12 pm on November 16, or if you have issues logging on, please contact us at

Remember to always ask permission of the landowner before foraging/harvesting. Foraging at Cincinnati Nature Center is reserved for classes and programs only, or those given permission by a staff member. 

Members $10; nonmembers $15. 

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Cancellation Policy: Please note that cancellations must be made at least two weeks in advance of the event. No refunds or transfers of fees will occur if the request is made less than two weeks prior to the event. All programs continue, rain or shine. In the event that Cincinnati Nature Center cancels a program, full refunds will be issued.

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Covid-19 Policies: Cincinnati Nature Center will run advertised programs using consideration of recommendations made by the CDC and local health agencies. Current Covid-19 protocols can be found online on our website. Cincinnati Nature Center may update the status or format of programs and events based on Covid-19 conditions at the time of the program.